MRTX-500 Phase 2 Trial: Sitravatinib With Nivolumab in Patients With Non-Squamous Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Progressing On/After Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy or Chemotherapy

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J Thorac Oncol


INTRODUCTION: Sitravatinib, a receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor targeting TAM receptors and VEGFR2, can shift the tumor microenvironment towards an immunostimulatory state. Combining sitravatinib with checkpoint inhibitors (CPI) may augment antitumor activity.

METHODS: The phase 2 MRTX-500 study evaluated sitravatinib (120 mg daily) with nivolumab (every 2/4 weeks) in patients with advanced non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who progressed on/after prior CPI (CPI-experienced) or chemotherapy (CPI-naïve). CPI-experienced patients had prior clinical benefit (PCB; complete/partial response or stable disease for ≥12 weeks then disease progression) or no PCB (NPCB) from CPI. Primary endpoint was objective response rate (ORR); secondary objectives included safety and secondary efficacy endpoints.

RESULTS: Overall, 124 CPI-experienced (NPCB, n = 35; PCB, n = 89) and 32 CPI-naïve patients were treated. Investigator-assessed ORR was 11.4% in patients with NPCB, 16.9% with PCB, and 25.0% in CPI-naïve. Median progression-free survival was 3.7, 5.6, and 7.1 months with NPCB, PCB, and CPI-naïve, respectively; median overall survival was 7.9 and 13.6 months with NPCB and PCB, respectively (not reached in CPI-naïve patients; median follow-up 20.4 months). Overall, (N = 156), any grade treatment-related adverse events (TRAEs) occurred in 93.6%; grade 3/4 in 58.3%. One grade 5 TRAE occurred in a CPI-naïve patient. TRAEs led to treatment discontinuation in 14.1% and dose reduction/interruption in 42.9%. Biomarker analyses supported an immunostimulatory mechanism of action.

CONCLUSIONS: Sitravatinib with nivolumab had a manageable safety profile. Although ORR was not met, this combination demonstrated antitumor activity and encouraging survival in CPI-experienced patients with non-squamous NSCLC.

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