A phase II study of sorafenib in malignant mesothelioma: Results of Cancer and Leukemia Group B 30307

Sarita Dubey, Pasi A. Jänne, Lee Krug, Herbert Pang, Xiaofei Wang, Robin Heinze, Colleen Watt, Jeff Crawford, Robert A Kratzke, Everett Vokes, Hedy Lee Kindler

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Hypothesis: Malignant mesotheliomas (MMs) express vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR), platelet-derived growth factor receptor, and cKIT. Sorafenib is a potent inhibitor of the ras/raf/MEK pathway and also targets VEGFR and cKIT. We evaluated the activity of sorafenib in patients with unresectable mesothelioma. Methods: MM patients who had received 0 to 1 prior chemotherapy regimens were treated with sorafenib 400 mg orally twice daily continuously. The primary end point was objective response. ERK1/2 phosphorylation in archival tissues was correlated with response and survival. Results: A total of 51 patients were enrolled, 50 were evaluable and included in the analysis. Three patients had a partial response (6% [95% confidence interval = 1.3-16.6%]), and 27 (54% [95% confidence interval = 39.3-68.2%]) had stable disease. Median progression-free survival and median overall survival (OS) were 3.6 and 9.7 months, respectively. Median survival was superior in epithelioid histology versus other types (10.7 versus 3.7 months, p = 0.0179). The difference in median OS between pretreated and chemonaive patients was not statistically significant (13.2 versus 5 months, p = 0.3117). Low/negative baseline tumor phospho-ERK1/2 levels were associated with improved OS (13.9 versus 5.2 months, p = 0.0066). Conclusion: Sorafenib has limited activity in advanced MM patients, similar to that seen with other VEGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Additional studies of sorafenib in MM are not warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1655-1661
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Thoracic Oncology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2010

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Funding Information:
Supported, in part, by grants CA31946 (to Richard L. Schilsky, MD, Chairman, Cancer and Leukemia Group B) and CA33601 (to Stephen George, PhD, CALGB Statistical Center) from the National Cancer Institute. Support for the correlative science studies was provided through the NCI CTEP Translational Research Initiative administered by SAIC-Frederick (25XS051).


  • Clinical trial
  • Mesothelioma
  • Sorafenib
  • Tyrosine kinase inhibitor
  • Vascular endothelial growth factor


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