Randomized Phase III Study to Assess Efficacy and Safety of Adjuvant CAPOX with or without Bevacizumab in Patients after Resection of Colorectal Liver Metastases: HEPATICA study

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Bevacizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody targeting vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Recurrence after resection of colorectal liver metastases (CRLMs), presumably caused by VEGF-mediated outgrowth of micrometastases, might decrease when VEGF is inhibited. This study examines the efficacy and safety of adding bevacizumab to an adjuvant regimen of CAPOX in patients undergoing radical resection for their CRLMs. Patients with resected CRLMs were randomized after surgery to receive CAPOX and bevacizumab (arm A) or CAPOX alone (arm B) as adjuvant treatment. CAPOX was given in both arms for a total of eight cycles. Bevacizumab was administered for 16 cycles. The primary end point was disease-free survival (DFS). Secondary outcomes were overall survival (OS), toxicity, and quality of life (QoL). In total, 79 patients were randomized. At the time of analysis, 23 events were encountered in arm A and 20 in arm B. One-year DFS rate was 79% [95% confidence interval (CI): 68%-93%] and 68% (95% CI: 55%-85%) for arm A and B, respectively (P = .89). Toxicity was evaluated for 75 patients. No significant differences in toxicity between the two arms were found. QoL scores were higher in arm A, of which emotional functioning and global QoL scores were significant. Adding bevacizumab to a CAPOX regimen in patients undergoing a resection for their CLM is safe and showed higher QoL scores compared with CAPOX alone. Because of premature closure of the study, conclusions about the effect on DFS of additional VEGF inhibition in this setting could not yet be made.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-99
Number of pages7
JournalNeoplasia (United States)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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