Combination of the histone deacetylase inhibitor vorinostat with bevacizumab in patients with clear-cell renal cell carcinoma: a multicentre, single-arm phase I/II clinical trial
PURPOSE The activity of systemic agents after progression when using vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibition (TKI) and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibition in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) is poorly characterized. The anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) monoclonal antibody bevacizumab has a broad US Food and Drug Administration label and National Comprehensive Cancer Network guideline level 2b recommendation in this setting; we thus explored our institutional experience in this population. METHODS We conducted a retrospective analysis of patients with mRCC who were treated with bevacizumab in the second- and/or third-line settings; the primary endpoint was progression-free survival (PFS). Overall response rates (ORR), overall survival (OS), and toxicity were analyzed. RESULTS Twenty-one patients were treated with bevacizumab: the median age was 63 years old; 80% were white and 14% were black; 80% had clear cell histology. All the patients had prior VEGFR TKI therapy; 43% had prior mTOR inhibitor; the median number of prior therapies was 3. The median PFS was 4.4 months (95% CI, 2.8-9.6 months), and the median OS was 19.4 months (95% CI, 9.9-NR months). ORR was 9.5%; 52% of subjects had stable disease as best response, and 52% had disease progression. For subjects treated with prior VEGF and mTOR inhibitors, median PFS and OS were 4.4 and 13.2 months, respectively. Grade 3 to 4 toxicities included fatigue (29%), dehydration (24%), failure to thrive (10%), constipation (10%), and muscle weakness (10%). CONCLUSIONS Single-agent bevacizumab has acceptable toxicity and moderate disease-stabilizing activity in selected patients with mRCC who have failed prior VEGFR TKI and mTOR inhibitors. These data support clinical benefit to continued ongoing VEGF inhibition. Further prospective studies of bevacizumab alone or with alternative targeted agents in previously treated populations with mRCC are warranted.