Phase 1 study of aflibercept administered subcutaneously to patients with advanced solid tumors

William P. Tew, Michael Gordon, John Murren, Jakob Dupont, Sandra Pezzulli, Carol Aghajanian, Paul Sabbatini, David Mendelson, Lawrence Schwartz, Scott Gettinger, Amanda Psyrri, Jesse M. Cedarbaum, David R. Spriggs

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Purpose: To determine the maximum tolerated dose or maximal administered dose and pharmacokinetic and safety profiles of s.c. administered vascular endothelial growth factor Trap (aflibercept), a novel antiangiogenic agent. Experimental Design: In this open-label, dose-escalation study, patients with advanced solid tumors were treated with subcutaneous doses of aflibercept at seven dose levels. Patients received a single dose of aflibercept and then underwent safety and pharmacokinetic assessments over the next 4 weeks. Patients then received weekly or biweekly treatment over the subsequent 6 weeks. Patients tolerating and benefiting could continue on aflibercept at the same dose and schedule until progression of disease. Results: Thirty-eight patients received at least one dose of aflibercept. Maximum tolerated dose was not reached. Due to solubility/dosing limits with the subcutaneous formulation, 1,600 μg/kg/week was the maximal administered dose. The most common toxicities were proteinuria (37%), fatigue (32%), injection site reactions (18%), nausea (17%), myalgia and anorexia (16% each), hypertension (13%), and voice hoarseness (11%). Drug-related grade 3 to 4 toxicity was uncommon (7%) and reversible: dehydration, cerebral ischemia, proteinuria, hypertension, leukopenia, and pulmonary embolism. We identified dose-proportional increases in plasma concentrations of aflibercept bound to vascular endothelial growth factor with a t1/2 of 18 days. No antiaflibercept antibodies were detected. Stable disease was maintained for at least 10 weeks in 18 patients (47%), and 2 patients maintained on study for >1 year. Conclusion: Subcutaneous aflibercept was well tolerated and had manageable side effects. Its favorable pharmacokinetic profile and potential antitumor activity warrants further evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-366
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Cancer Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes


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