A Phase 1 Study Evaluating Rovalpituzumab Tesirine in Frontline Treatment of Patients With Extensive-Stage SCLC

Christine L. Hann, Timothy F. Burns, Afshin Dowlati, Daniel Morgensztern, Patrick J. Ward, Martina M. Koch, Chris Chen, Carrianne Ludwig, Maulik Patel, Halla Nimeiri, Philip Komarnitsky, D. Ross Camidge

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Introduction: Rovalpituzumab tesirine (Rova-T) is an antibody-drug conjugate targeting DLL3, a Notch pathway ligand highly expressed on SCLC cells. Rova-T was evaluated alone or in combination with platinum-based chemotherapy (cisplatin or carboplatin combined with etoposide [CE]) in frontline treatment of extensive-stage SCLC. Methods: One cycle of CE pre-enrollment was permitted (later mandated). The following four cohorts were enrolled: Rova-T monotherapy (0.3 mg/kg, every 6 [q6] wk × 2; cohort 1; n = 4); Rova-T induction (0.3 mg/kg, q6 wk × 2) followed by CE every 21 days (q21) × 4 (cohort 2; n = 5); Rova-T (0.1 or 0.2 mg/kg, q6 wk × 2) overlapping with CE q21 × 4 (cohort 3; n = 14); and Rova-T maintenance (0.3 mg/kg, q6 wk × 2) after CE q21 × 4 (cohort 4; n = 3). Results: A total of 26 patients were dosed (cohort 3: 14; cohorts 1, 2, and 4 combined: 12). Median age was 66 years, and 73% had Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status of 1. In cohort 3, seven patients (50%) had confirmed objective responses, with a median progression-free survival of 5.2 months and median overall survival of 10.3 months. Compared with cohorts 1, 2, and 4 combined, cohort 3 had lower frequency of some Rova-T–related adverse events of special interest, such as pleural effusion (0 versus 33%), pericardial effusion (0 versus 17%), ascites (0 versus 8%), peripheral edema (36% versus 42%), generalized edema (0 versus 8%), pneumonia (7% versus 25%), and hypoalbuminemia (0 versus 17%). Conclusions: Lower Rova-T doses may be associated with lower incidence of some Rova-T–related adverse events of special interest. Rova-T 0.2 mg/kg plus CE (cohort 3) was tolerable; however, there was no clear efficacy benefit of adding Rova-T to CE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1582-1588
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Thoracic Oncology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2021


  • DLL3
  • Frontline
  • Platinum-based chemotherapy
  • Rovalpituzumab tesirine
  • Small cell lung cancer


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