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224P - Neoadjuvant Trial of nab-paclitaxel and Atezolizumab (Atezo), a PD-L1 inhibitor, in patients (pts) with chemo-insensitive Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC)

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12:45 - 12:45
  • Jennifer K. Litton (Houston, US)
Hall A3 - Poster Area Networking Hub, ICM M√ľnchen, Munich, Germany
12:45 - 13:45



Achieving a residual cancer burden (RCB) 0-1 portends an excellent prognosis for TNBC pts receiving neoadjuvant (NACT) anthracycline (AC) and taxane chemotherapy while pts with high residual disease (RCB II-III) have a 40-80% recurrence risk. The GeparTrio and Aberdeen trials demonstrated that pts with poor response by ultrasound (US) during NACT had pathologic complete response (pCR) rates of 2-5% even if NACT was changed based on US response. Immunotherapy is a promising strategy for chemo-insensitive TNBC; however, given toxicity and potential for long-term morbidity, pt selection is important.


Pts identified as having chemo-insensitive TNBC with AC using US or through previous participation in a separate trial, ARTEMIS, were eligible. To identify insensitive TNBC, ARTEMIS used an algorithm combining a CLIA-certified chemo-sensitivity mRNA gene signature with US response to AC X4. Eligible pts then received weekly nab-paclitaxel (100 mg/m2 IV for 12 weeks) and atezo (1200mg IV q 3 weeks). Atezo continued for 3 months after surgery. Using a 2-stage Gehan-type design, if > 1 pt had an RCB 0-I in the first 19, the protocol would continue to accrue a total of 37 pts to estimate an RCB-0/I rate for atezo + nab-paclitaxel in chemo-insensitive TNBC for future trials. We report the interim analysis of the first 19 pts.


19 pts enrolled from 02/2016- 12/12/2017. One pt received 1 cycle, then withdrew consent. Median age was 54 (range 35-75). Presenting clinical stage was II in 7 pts and III in 12 pts. Final pathology status was: RCB 0=5; RCB I = 1; RCB II = 5 and RCB III=7. RCB 0-I= 6/19 (32%). Toxicity included 6 serious adverse events in 3 pts: fever, elevated creatinine and post-surgical pain. Most common toxicities included fatigue, neuropathy, pain, anemia, rash, elevated transaminases, hyperglycemia, nausea and dyspnea. Six pts required atezo to be held and/or discontinued.


The combination of nab-paclitaxel and atezo resulted in moderate toxicity but increased the expected RCB 0-I rates from 5% to 32% for TNBC patients with chemotherapy-insensitive disease. Given these promising results, this study will continue to full accrual.

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Legal entity responsible for the study

Jennifer Litton.


MD Anderson Moonshot Program, Genentech.


J.K. Litton: Advisory boards (without personal compensation): AstraZeneca and Pfizer; Research studies: GSK, EMD Serono, Genentech, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Novartis; CME with uptodate, med learning group, PER Guidelines; NIH PDQ and NCCN guidelines. E.A. Mittendorf; Advisory board: Merck and Sellas; Principal investigator: Genentech sponsored trials. All other authors have declared no conflicts of interest.