The results were presented by Raffit Hassan, M.D., co-chief of the Thoracic and GI Oncology Branch at the
"The data in this trial continue to be impressive in the front-line treatment of mesothelioma," said Dr. Hassan. "We are encouraged by the high disease control rate in patients treated with this combination and will continue to evaluate and track the durability of the responses, which are ongoing."
At the time of the ESMO presentation, the multi-center Phase 1b study had completed enrollment with 38 patients who were chemotherapy-naïve, with unresectable MPM, good performance status (ECOG 0 or 1) and adequate organ function. Under the trial design, eligible patients received two treatments with CRS-207 two weeks apart, followed by up to six cycles of standard of care pemetrexed and cisplatin chemotherapy three weeks apart and two CRS-207 treatments three weeks apart. Clinically stable patients receive CRS-207 maintenance courses every eight weeks and are followed until disease progression. Objectives of the study are safety, immunogenicity, objective tumor responses and tumor marker kinetics.
Median duration of response was 5.3 months (95% CI: 4.7 – 16.7 months) and median progression free survival was 8.5 months (95% CI: 6.9 – 10.8 months). No treatment-related serious adverse events or unexpected toxicities were observed. Treatment, follow-up and immune response evaluations are ongoing.
About Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the smooth layer of mesothelial cells that surround the chest, lungs, heart and abdomen. Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), which affects the thin balloon-shaped lining of the lungs, is the most common form of this disease and accounts for approximately 3,000 cases a year in
CRS-207 is one of a family of product candidates based on Aduro's live-attenuated, double-deleted (LADD) Listeria monocytogenes immunotherapy platform that induces a potent innate and T cell-mediated adaptive immune response. CRS-207 has been engineered to express the tumor-associated antigen mesothelin, which is over-expressed in many cancers including mesothelioma and pancreatic, non-small cell lung, ovarian, endometrial and gastric cancers.
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