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Blinatumomab versus chemotherapy for advanced acute lymphoblastic leukemia

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E’ stato recentemente pubblicato un importante studio di fase 3 che ha messo a confronto una chemioterapia di salvataggio (standard of care, SOC) versus blinatumomab (anticorpo bispecifico anti-CD19-CD3) per pazienti con leucemia acuta linfoblastica (LAL) della linea B CD19+ recidivati o refrattari. L’abstract originale del lavoro è qui di seguito riportato:

Abstract

Background. Blinatumomab, a bispecific monoclonal antibody construct that enables CD3-positive T cells to recognize and eliminate CD19-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) blasts, was approved for use in patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell precursor ALL on the basis of single-group trials that showed efficacy and manageable toxic effects.

Methods. In this multi-institutional phase 3 trial, we randomly assigned adults with heavily pretreated B-cell precursor ALL, in a 2:1 ratio, to receive either blinatumomab or standard-of-care chemotherapy. The primary end point was overall survival.

Results. Of the 405 patients who were randomly assigned to receive blinatumomab (271 patients) or chemotherapy (134 patients), 376 patients received at least one dose. Overall survival was significantly longer in the blinatumomab group than in the chemotherapy group. The median overall survival was 7.7 months in the blinatumomab group and 4.0 months in the chemotherapy group (hazard ratio for death with blinatumomab vs. chemotherapy, 0.71; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.55 to 0.93; P=0.01). Remission rates within 12 weeks after treatment initiation were significantly higher in the blinatumomab group than in the chemotherapy group, both with respect to complete remission with full hematologic recovery (34% vs. 16%, P<0.001) and with respect to complete remission with full, partial, or incomplete hematologic recovery (44% vs. 25%, P<0.001). Treatment with blinatumomab resulted in a higher rate of event-free survival than that with chemotherapy (6-month estimates, 31% vs. 12%; hazard ratio for an event of relapse after achieving a complete remission with full, partial, or incomplete hematologic recovery, or death, 0.55; 95% CI, 0.43 to 0.71; P<0.001), as well as a longer median duration of remission (7.3 vs. 4.6 months). A total of 24% of the patients in each treatment group underwent allogeneic stem-cell transplantation. Adverse events of grade 3 or higher were reported in 87% of the patients in the blinatumomab group and in 92% of the patients in the chemotherapy group.

Conclusions. Treatment with blinatumomab resulted in significantly longer overall survival than chemotherapy among adult patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell precursor ALL.

I risultati di questo studio randomizzato dimostrano che in pazienti adulti con LAL B recidivati/refrattari la overall survival (OS) – endpoint primario del protocollo – viene significativamente migliorata con blinatumumab rispetto alla chemioterapia standard usata.

Gli studi in corso o in via di attivazione – anche in Italia attraverso il gruppo cooperatore GIMEMA (protocolli per pazienti con LAL Ph+ e Ph-) – aiuteranno a chiarire l’impatto del blinatumumab quando utilizzato in pazienti con malattia limitata e soprattutto per il trattamento della malattia residua minima.

Fonte:

Kantarjian H, Stein A, Gökbuget N, et al. Blinatumomab versus Chemotherapy for Advanced Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. N Engl J Med 2017;376:836-847.

 

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