Phase 2 Trial of Capecitabine, Gemcitabine, and Bevacizumab in Sarcomatoid Renal-Cell Carcinoma

Abhishek Maiti, Maryam Nemati-Shafaee, Pavlos Msaouel, Lance C. Pagliaro, Eric Jonasch, Nizar M. Tannir, Amishi Y. Shah

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Background: Patients with sarcomatoid renal-cell carcinomas (sRCC) have poor outcomes and limited treatment options. Preclinical and clinical data suggest susceptibility to cytotoxic agents and vascular endothelial growth factor-targeted therapies. We designed a phase 2 trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of capecitabine, gemcitabine, and bevacizumab in sRCC. Patients and Methods: Patients with metastatic or unresectable sRCC were eligible for inclusion. Patients received oral capecitabine 800 mg/m2 twice daily on days 1 to 21 of a 28-day cycle, intravenous gemcitabine 900 mg/m2 on days 1 and 15, and intravenous bevacizumab 10 mg/kg on days 1 and 15. Primary end points were progression-free survival and time to treatment failure (TTF). Secondary end points were safety, objective response rate, and overall survival. Results: Thirty-four patients were enrolled onto the trial. One patient was excluded from survival analysis and 4 from response analysis as a result of missing data. Median progression-free survival was 5.5 months (95% confidence interval [CI], 3.4-7.7), median TTF was 4.2 months (95% CI, 2.4-6.0), and median overall survival was 12 months (95% CI, 10.6-13.4). Objective response rate was 20% (5 partial responses, 1 complete response), and disease control rate was 73%. Thirty-one (91%) of the 34 patients discontinued treatment. The most common reason for treatment discontinuation was progressive disease, which occurred in 24 patients (71%). The most common grade 3 toxicity was rash (including hand-foot syndrome) in 24% patients. Conclusion: The combination of capecitabine, gemcitabine, and bevacizumab is an option for patients with sRCC; however, response rates are low. Novel therapies are needed to improve outcomes in patients with sRCC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalClinical Genitourinary Cancer
StateAccepted/In press - 2017


  • Cytoxic chemotherapy
  • Metastatic renal-cell carcinoma
  • Renal-cell carcinoma (RCC)
  • Sarcomatoid
  • Sarcomatoid RCC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Urology

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    Maiti, A., Nemati-Shafaee, M., Msaouel, P., Pagliaro, L. C., Jonasch, E., Tannir, N. M., & Shah, A. Y. (Accepted/In press). Phase 2 Trial of Capecitabine, Gemcitabine, and Bevacizumab in Sarcomatoid Renal-Cell Carcinoma. Clinical Genitourinary Cancer.