Health-related quality of life in patients with locally recurrent or metastatic breast cancer treated with etirinotecan pegol versus treatment of physician's choice: Results from the randomised phase III BEACON trial

Chris Twelves, Javier Cortés, Joyce O'Shaughnessy, Ahmad Awada, Edith A. Perez, Seock–Ah –A Im, Patricia Gómez-Pardo, Lee S. Schwartzberg, Véronique Diéras, Denise A. Yardley, David A. Potter, Audrey Mailliez, Alvaro Moreno-Aspitia, Jin Seok Ahn, Carol Zhao, Ute Hoch, Mary Tagliaferri, Alison L. Hannah, Hope S. Rugo

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Background Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) enhances understanding of treatment effects that impact clinical decision-making. Although the primary end-point was not achieved, the BEACON (BrEAst Cancer Outcomes with NKTR-102) trial established etirinotecan pegol, a long-acting topoisomerase-1 (TOP1) inhibitor, as a promising therapeutic for patients with advanced/metastatic breast cancer (MBC) achieving clinically meaningful benefits in median overall survival (OS) for patients with stable brain metastases, with liver metastases or ≥ 2 sites of metastatic disease compared to treatment of physician's choice (TPC). Reported herein are the findings from the preplanned secondary end-point of HRQoL. Patients and methods HRQoL, assessed by European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Quality of Life Questionnaire-Core 30 (QLQ-C30) (version 3.0) supplemented by the breast cancer-specific Quality of Life Questionnaire (QLQ-BR23), was evaluated post randomisation in 733 of 852 patients with either anthracycline-, taxane- and capecitabine-pretreated locally recurrent or MBC randomised to etirinotecan pegol (n = 378; 145 mg/m2 every 3 weeks (q3wk)) or single-agent TPC (n = 355). Patients completed assessments at screening, every 8 weeks (q8wk) during treatment, and end-of-treatment. Changes from baseline were analysed, and the proportions of patients achieving differences (≥5 points) in HRQoL scores were compared. Results Differences were seen favouring etirinotecan pegol up to 32 weeks for global health status (GHS) and physical functioning scales (P < 0.02); numerical improvement was reported in other functional scales. The findings from HRQoL symptom scales were consistent with adverse event profiles; etirinotecan pegol was associated with worsening gastrointestinal symptoms whereas TPC was associated with worsened dyspnoea and other systemic side-effects. Analysis of GHS and physical functioning at disease progression showed a decline in HRQoL in both treatment arms, with a mean change from baseline of −9.4 and −10.8 points, respectively. Conclusion There was evidence of benefit associated with etirinotecan pegol compared with current standard of care agents in multiple HRQoL measurements, including global health status and physical functioning, despite worse gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g. diarrhoea). Patients in both arms had a decline in HRQoL at disease progression. Study number NCT01492101.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-215
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer
Volume76
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2017

Keywords

  • Advanced breast cancer
  • Etirinotecan pegol
  • Metastatic breast cancer
  • NKTR-102
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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    Twelves, C., Cortés, J., O'Shaughnessy, J., Awada, A., Perez, E. A., Im, SA. A., Gómez-Pardo, P., Schwartzberg, L. S., Diéras, V., Yardley, D. A., Potter, D. A., Mailliez, A., Moreno-Aspitia, A., Ahn, J. S., Zhao, C., Hoch, U., Tagliaferri, M., Hannah, A. L., & Rugo, H. S. (2017). Health-related quality of life in patients with locally recurrent or metastatic breast cancer treated with etirinotecan pegol versus treatment of physician's choice: Results from the randomised phase III BEACON trial. European Journal of Cancer, 76, 205-215. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejca.2017.02.011