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Early-Phase Trial Studies Capmatinib in Advanced NSCLC

By: Sarah Campen, PharmD
Posted: Monday, April 13, 2020

Approximately 3% to 4% of patients with non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) possess a dysregulation of receptor tyrosine kinase MET, a mutation that is associated with an unfavorable prognosis. A study published in the Annals of Oncology found that treatment with capmatinib appears to be well tolerated and may be effective in some patients with advanced MET-dysregulated NSCLC.

The research of Martin Schuler, MD, of the West German Cancer Center, University Hospital Essen, Germany, and colleagues, indicated that overexpression of this gene alone may not be a reliable biomarker to predict the efficacy of capmatinib. However, the researchers discovered that a MET gene copy number of at least 6 (MET GCN ≥ 6) and/or splice-site alterations involving exon 14 (METex14) seem to be indicators for predicting clinical activity.

A total of 55 patients with advanced MET-dysregulated NSCLC were enrolled in the phase I trial. Participants received capmatinib as 400-mg tablets twice daily or 600-mg capsules twice daily. Most participants, 73%, had received at least two prior systemic therapies.

The median duration of treatment was 10.4 weeks. All patients discontinued treatment, most due to disease progression (69.1%). The objective response rate was 20% in the overall study population, but it was higher (47%) in patients with MET GCN ≥ 6.

All patients had at least one adverse event during the study. The most frequent study-related toxicities at any grade included nausea (42%), peripheral edema (33%), and vomiting (31%), with the most common drug-related grade 3 or 4 adverse events were nausea, peripheral edema, and fatigue.

“Overall, capmatinib has an acceptable safety profile,” stated the authors. “Even when combined with other tyrosine kinase inhibitors, it was well tolerated.”

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