Long-term Safety of Sunitinib in Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma

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Porta C., Gore M.E., Rini B.I., Escudier B., Hariharan S., Charles L.P., Yang L., DeAnnuntis L., Motzer R.J.

European Urology 2015

Background: Metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) patients receiving first-line sunitinib typically survive >2 yr, with chronic treatment sometimes extending to ?6 yr. Objective: To analyze long-term safety with sunitinib in mRCC patients. Design, setting, and participants: Data were pooled from 5739 patients in nine trials, comprising seven phase II studies, a phase III study, and an expanded-access trial in various treatment settings (e.g. cytokine refractory or treatment-naïve). Outcome measurements and statistical analysis: Interval and cumulative time-period analyses evaluated the incidence of treatment-related adverse events (TRAEs) for up to 6 yr, in the overall population and in those with long-term (?2 yr) sunitinib treatment. Results and limitations: Among long-term patients (n=807), most TRAEs occurred initially in the first year and then decreased in frequency; TRAEs following this pattern included decreased appetite, diarrhea, dysgeusia, dyspepsia, fatigue, hypertension, mucosal inflammation, nausea, and stomatitis. However, hypothyroidism increased by interval analysis from 6% at 0-<6 mo to 42% at 5-<6 yr and by cumulative analysis from 14% at 0-<1 yr to 36% over 6 yr. Grade 3/4 TRAEs in long-term patients peaked during the first year and then steadily decreased. The overall population displayed only minor differences from long-term patients, with no clinically significant differences between grade ?3 TRAE profiles (<5% difference in incidence rates at all intervals). Limitations included retrospective design, assessment variability, lack of pharmacokinetic data, and absence of baseline characteristics for long-term patients. Conclusions: Prolonged sunitinib was not associated with new types or increased severity of TRAEs. Except hypothyroidism, toxicity was not cumulative. Patient summary: More than 800 mRCC patients received sunitinib for between 2 and 6 yr without experiencing new or more severe treatment-related toxicity. Clinicians may be able to prescribe chronic sunitinib treatment for as long as patients continue to derive clinical benefit, without untoward additional risk. The incidences of treatment-related adverse events (TRAEs) during sunitinib use were evaluated for up to 6 yr in interval and cumulative time-period analyses. Prolonged sunitinib use was not associated with new TRAE types or increased TRAE severity. Toxicity was not cumulative except for hypothyroidism.


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