Author : adminDate : 2020-09-18 12:00

HLB opens the result of Phase III Results of Rivoceranib on Thyroid Cancer at ESMO

HLB announced on the 18th that the results of the Rivoceranib Thyroid Cancer Phase 3 clinical trials will be released at the 2020 ESMO. The announcement will cover clinical results for Thyroid Cancer and T-cell lymphoma. Following the Esophageal Cancer, HLB expects that the future value of Rivoceranib will also increase as it proves the value of Rivoceranib for various cancerous species.

The abstract of the paper are as follows:

LBA89 - A randomized multicentered phase III study to evaluate apatinib in subjects with locally advanced or metastatic radioactive iodine-refractory differentiated thyroid cancer

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Yansong Lin (Beijing, China)



Apatinib, an oral inhibitor of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2, showed clinical activity in preliminary studies involving patients (pts) with differentiated thyroid cancer refractory to radioactive iodine (RAIR-DTC).



In this phase III, randomized, double-blind, multicenter trial involving pts with progressive RAIR-DTC, eligible pts were randomized (1:1) to either 500 mg apatinib orally once daily or placebo. The primary endpoint was progression-free survival (PFS), secondary endpoints included objective response rate (ORR), overall survival (OS), and safety. The planned sample size was 118 pts, with 90% power to detect a 6.2-month improvement in PFS at a two-sided alpha level of 0.05. A planned interim analysis would be performed when 60% of expected events occurred.



Between February 2017 to March 2020, 92 pts from 20 sites were randomized to apatinib (n=46) or placebo (n=46) arms. The pre-planned interim analysis was performed by the independent Data Monitoring Committee (IDMC) in March 2020 upon the occurrence of 61.45% (51/83) PFS events. The median PFS was 22.21 months (95% CI 10.91-Not Reached) in apatinib group, and 4.47 months (95% CI 1.94-9.17) in the placebo group (HR=0.26, 95% CI 0.14-0.47, p<0.0001), and the p-value was less than the prespecified interim efficacy margin (α=0.0085). ORR was 55.56% vs. 2.27%. The median OS was 29.9 months (95% CI 18.96-Not reached) in the placebo arm, and not reached in apatinib arm (HR=0.42, 95% CI 0.18-0.97, p=0.0356). The most frequent treatment-emergent ≥ grade 3 adverse events in two arms were hypertension (34.8% vs 0%), hand-foot syndrome (17.4% vs 0%) and proteinuria (17.4% vs 2.2%). Table: LBA89


Table: LBA89 Summary of efficacy


Apatinib (N=46)   Placebo (N=46)

Median PFS, months (95%CI)   22.21 (10.91- Not Reached)   4.47 (1.94-9.17)

p-value   <0.0001

HR (95% CI)   0.26 (0.14-0.47)

Median OS, months (95%CI)   Not Reached (26.25 - Not Reached)   29.90 (18.96 - Not Reached)

p-value   0.0356

HR (95% CI)   0.42 (0.18-0.97)

ORR, n (%)   25 (54.35%)   1 (2.17%)

95% CI   39.01% - 69.10%   0.06% - 11.53%

p-value   <0.0001  


Apatinib significantly prolonged the PFS, OS, and improved ORR in pts with locally advanced or metastatic RAIR-DTC. The toxic effects of apatinib were well tolerated by the management of adverse events.


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Legal entity responsible for the study

The authors.



Jiangsu Hengrui Medicine, China.



All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.