PURPOSE: The single-arm OCTAVIA study evaluated front-line bevacizumab plus weekly paclitaxel and q3w carboplatin.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with newly diagnosed ovarian cancer (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics [FIGO] stage IIb-IV or grade 3/clear-cell stage I/IIA) received bevacizumab (7.5mg/kg, day 1), weekly paclitaxel (80 mg/m(2) days 1, 8, 15) and carboplatin (area under the curve 6 [AUC6], day 1) intravenously q3w for 6-8 cycles, followed by single-agent bevacizumab (total 1 year). The primary objective was to demonstrate median progression-free survival (PFS)>18 months according to the lower 90% confidence limit. Secondary end-points included objective response rate, overall survival, safety and tolerability.
RESULTS: Most (74%) of the 189 treated patients had stage IIIC/IV disease, similar to the ICON7 population. Patients received a median of six chemotherapy and 17 bevacizumab cycles. At the predefined cutoff 24 months after last patient enrolment, 99 patients (52%) had progressed and 19 (10%) had died, all from ovarian cancer. Median PFS was 23.7 months (95% confidence interval [CI], 19.8-26.4 months), 1-year PFS rate was 85.6%, Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) response rate was 84.6% and median response duration was 14.7 months. Most patients (≥90%) completed at least six chemotherapy cycles. Grade ≥3 peripheral sensory neuropathy occurred in 5% and febrile neutropenia in 0.5%. Grade ≥3 adverse events typical of bevacizumab were no more common than in phase III bevacizumab ovarian cancer trials. There was one case of gastrointestinal perforation (0.5%) and no treatment-related deaths.
CONCLUSION: OCTAVIA met its primary objective, demonstrating median PFS of approximately 2 years. This bevacizumab-containing regimen is active and tolerable.