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Mini Oral - Gastrointestinal tumours, non-colorectal

1421MO - Final results and subgroup analysis of the PETRARCA randomized phase II AIO trial: Perioperative trastuzumab and pertuzumab in combination with FLOT versus FLOT alone for HER2 positive resectable esophagogastric adenocarcinoma


18 Sep 2020


Mini Oral - Gastrointestinal tumours, non-colorectal


Salah-Eddin Al-Batran


Annals of Oncology (2020) 31 (suppl_4): S841-S873. 10.1016/annonc/annonc284


S. Al-Batran1, G.M. Haag2, T.J. Ettrich3, K. Borchert4, A. Kretzschmar5, C. Teschendorf6, G.M. Siegler7, M. Ebert8, E. Goekkurt9, M.K. Welslau10, R.J.C. Mahlberg11, N. Homann12, D. Pink13, W.O. Bechstein14, P. Reichardt15, T. Gaiser16, D. Sookthai17, C. Pauligk17, T.O. Goetze1, R.D. Hofheinz18

Author affiliations

  • 1 Krankenhaus Nordwest Uct Frankfurt, Institut für Klinische Krebsforschung IKF GmbH am Krankenhaus Nordwest, 60488 - Frankfurt/DE
  • 2 National Center For Tumor Diseases, Dep. Of Medical Oncology, Heidelberg University Hospital, 69120 - Heidelberg/DE
  • 3 Department Of Internal Medicine I, Ulm Medical University, 89081 - Ulm/DE
  • 4 Klinik Für Hämatologie / Onkologie, Klinikum Magdeburg gGmbH, Magdeburg/DE
  • 5 Oncology, ÜBAG MVZ Mitte, 04129 - Leipzig/DE
  • 6 Medizinische Klinik, St.-Josefs-Hospital, 44263 - Dortmund/DE
  • 7 Medizinische Klinik 5, Klinikum Nürnberg Paracelsus Medizinische Privatuniversität, 90419 - Nürnberg/DE
  • 8 Department Of Medicine Ii, Universitätsklinikum Mannheim, 68167 - Mannheim/DE
  • 9 Hematology-oncology Practice Hamburg (hope), Facharztzentrum Eppendorf, 20249 - Hamburg/DE
  • 10 Oncology Department, MVZ am Klinikum Aschaffenburg, 63739 - Aschaffenburg/DE
  • 11 Innere Medizin I, Klinikum Mutterhaus der Borromäerinnen, 54290 - Trier/DE
  • 12 Med. Klinik Ii, Klinikum Wolfsburg, 38440 - Wolfsburg/DE
  • 13 Klinik Für Hämatologie, Onkologie Und Palliativmedizin, Sarkomzentrum Berlin-brandenburg, Klinik und Poliklinik für Innere Medizin C, Hämatologie und Onkologie, Transplantationszentrum, Palliativmedizin, Universität Greifswald and HELIOS Klinikum Bad Saarow, 15526 - Bad Saarow/DE
  • 14 Klinik Für Allgemein- Und Viszeralchirurgie, Universitätsklinikum Frankfurt (Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University), 60590 - Frankfurt am Main/DE
  • 15 Oncology And Palliative Care Unit, Helios Klinikum Berlin Buch, 13125 - Berlin/DE
  • 16 Institute Of Pathology, University Medical Center Mannheim, Mannheim/DE
  • 17 Ikf, Institut für Klinische Krebsforschung IKF GmbH at Krankenhaus Nordwest, 60488 - Frankfurt/DE
  • 18 Interdisciplinary Tumor Center, UMM - Universitaetsklinikum Mannheim, 68167 - Mannheim/DE


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Abstract 1421MO


Perioperative FLOT is a standard of care for resectable, esophagogastric adenocarcinoma (EGA). This trial evaluates the addition of trastuzumab (tras) and pertuzumab (per) to FLOT for HER2-positive patients (pts).


PETRARCA is a multicenter, randomized, investigator initiated trial planned as a phase II/III study. We report the phase II part of this trial. Pts with HER2+ resectable EGA (≥ cT2 or cN+) were randomized 1:1 to 4 pre- and post-operative cycles of FLOT (Docetaxel 50 mg/m2; Oxaliplatin 85 mg/m2; Leucovorin 200 mg/m2; 5-FU 2600 mg/m2, q2w) (Arm A) or the same regimen with tras 8/6 mg/kg and per 840 mg q3w, followed by 9 cycles tras/per (arm B). Primary endpoint for the phase II part was the rate of pathological complete remission (pCR). Main secondary endpoints were DFS, OS and safety.


The trial closed prematurely and did not proceed to phase III. In total, 81 pts were randomized (A, 41; B, 40). Baseline characteristics were balanced (overall, male 79%; median age 60; cT3/T4 86%; cN+ 85%; GEJ 75%). 93% in arm A and 90% in arm B completed pre-OP treatment as planned. More pts had at least one dose modification in arm B (A, 44%; B, 70%). pCR rate was significantly improved with tras/per (A, 12%; B, 35%; p = 0.02). Likewise, the rate of pathological lymph node negativity was higher with tras/per (A, 39%; B, 68%). R0-resection rate (A, 90%; B, 93%) and surgical morbidity (A: 43%; B, 44%) were comparable. Moreover, in-house mortality was equal in both arms (overall 2.5%). Median DFS was 26 months in arm A and not yet reached in arm B (HR 0.58, p = 0.14). After a median follow-up of 22 months median OS was not yet reached. DFS and OS rates [with 95% CI] at 24 months were 54% [38-71%] and 77% [63-90%] in arm A and 70% [55-85%] and 84% [72-96%] in arm B, respectively. More ≥ grade 3 adverse events were reported with tras/per (75% vs. 85%), especially diarrhea (5% vs. 41%) and leukopenia (13% vs 23%).


The addition of tras/per to perioperative FLOT significantly improved pCR and nodal negativity rates in pts with Her2+ resectable EGA at the price of higher rates of diarrhea and leukopenia. Subgroup analyses will be presented.

Clinical trial identification

NCT02581462; EudraCT: 2014-002695-86.

Editorial acknowledgement

Legal entity responsible for the study

Institut für Klinische Krebsforschung IKF GmbH.




S-E. Al-Batran: Advisory/Consultancy: Roche; Advisory/Consultancy, Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony, Research grant/Funding (self): Celgene; Advisory/Consultancy, Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony, Research grant/Funding (self): Lilly; Advisory/Consultancy: Bristol-Myers Squibb ; Advisory/Consultancy, Research grant/Funding (self): Merck; Advisory/Consultancy, Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony: Nordic Bioscience; Advisory/Consultancy: Merck Sharp & Dohme ; Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony: AIO gGmbH ; Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony: Forum für Medizinische Fortbildung ; Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony: MCI group ; Research grant/Funding (self): Medac; Research grant/Funding (self): Hospira; Research grant/Funding (self): Sanofi; Research grant/Funding (self): German Cancer Aid ; Research grant/Funding (self): German Research Foundation ; Research grant/Funding (self): Federal Ministry of Education and Research ; Research grant/Funding (self): Roche; Research grant/Funding (self): Vifor. G.M. Haag: Advisory/Consultancy, Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Bristol-Myers Squibb; Advisory/Consultancy, Research grant/Funding (institution): MSD; Advisory/Consultancy: Esocap; Honoraria (self): Servier; Research grant/Funding (institution): Nordic Pharma; Research grant/Funding (institution): Taiho Pharmaceutical; Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Lilly. T.J. Ettrich: Advisory/Consultancy: Merck Serono ; Advisory/Consultancy: Sanofi; Advisory/Consultancy: BMS; Advisory/Consultancy: Bayer; Advisory/Consultancy: Roche; Advisory/Consultancy: Lilly; Advisory/Consultancy: Eisai; Advisory/Consultancy: MSD; Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Ipsen; Research grant/Funding (self): Baxalta/Shire . K. Borchert: Advisory/Consultancy, Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Celgene; Advisory/Consultancy: Merck; Advisory/Consultancy, Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Roche; Advisory/Consultancy: Sanofi; Advisory/Consultancy: Servier; Advisory/Consultancy, Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Amgen. A. Kretzschmar: Honoraria (self), Advisory/Consultancy, Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Roche. G.M. Siegler: Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Novartis; Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Celgene; Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Eisai; Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Sanofi; Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Roche; Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Lilly. E. Goekkurt: Advisory/Consultancy: MSD; Advisory/Consultancy: Servier; Advisory/Consultancy: BMS; Advisory/Consultancy: Roche; Advisory/Consultancy: Sanofi. R.J.C. Mahlberg: Honoraria (self): Roche; Honoraria (self), Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Amgen; Honoraria (self): Novartis; Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Merck; Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Pfizer. D. Pink: Advisory/Consultancy, Research grant/Funding (institution): Lilly; Advisory/Consultancy, Research grant/Funding (institution): Clinigen Group; Advisory/Consultancy, Research grant/Funding (institution): Roche; Research grant/Funding (institution): Novartis; Research grant/Funding (institution): PharmaMar. W.O. Bechstein: Honoraria (self), Advisory/Consultancy, Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Astellas; Advisory/Consultancy, Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Novartis; Honoraria (self), Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony, Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Integra LifeSciences ; Honoraria (self), Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Baxter; Honoraria (self), Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Chiesi; Honoraria (self), Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: MCI Deutschland ; Honoraria (self), Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Medupdate; Honoraria (self), Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Merck Serono ; Honoraria (self), Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Teva. P. Reichardt: Honoraria (self), Advisory/Consultancy: Pfizer; Honoraria (self), Advisory/Consultancy: PharmaMar; Honoraria (self), Advisory/Consultancy, Research grant/Funding (institution): Novartis; Advisory/Consultancy: Clinigen Group ; Honoraria (self), Advisory/Consultancy: Lilly; Advisory/Consultancy: Roche; Honoraria (self), Advisory/Consultancy: Bayer; Advisory/Consultancy: Deciphera ; Honoraria (self): Amgen. T.O. Goetze: Advisory/Consultancy, Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony: Lilly; Advisory/Consultancy: MSD Oncology ; Advisory/Consultancy: Bayer; Advisory/Consultancy: Servier; Advisory/Consultancy: Roche; Research grant/Funding (self): Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft ; Research grant/Funding (self): Gemeinsamer Bundesausschuss . R.D. Hofheinz: Honoraria (self), Advisory/Consultancy, Speaker Bureau/Expert testimony, Research grant/Funding (self), Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Roche. All other authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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