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Schoffski, P.; Wozniak, A.; Stacchiotti, S.; Rutkowski, P.; Blay, J.-Y.; Lindner, L. H.; Strauss, S. J.; Anthoney, A.; Duffaud, F.; Richter, S.; Grünwald, V.; Leahy, M. G.; Reichardt, P.; Sufliarsky, J.; Graaf, W. T. van der; Sciot, R.; Debiec-Rychter, M.; Cann, T. van; Marreaud, S.; Lia, M.; Raveloarivahy, T.; Collette, L.; Bauer, S. (2017): Activity and safety of crizotinib in patients with advanced clear-cell sarcoma with MET alterations: European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer phase II trial 90101 'CREATE'. In: Annals of Oncology, Vol. 28, No. 12: pp. 3000-3008
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Background: Clear-cell sarcoma (CCSA) is an orphan malignancy, characterized by a specific t(12;22) translocation, leading to rearrangement of the EWSR1 gene and overexpression of MET. We prospectively investigated the efficacy and safety of the tyrosine kinase inhibitor crizotinib in patients with advanced or metastatic CCSA. Patients and methods: Patients with CCSA received oral crizotinib 250mg twice daily. Primary end point was objective response rate (ORR), secondary end points included duration of response, disease control rate (DCR), progression-free survival (PFS), progression-free rate (PFR), overall survival (OS), OS rate and safety. The study design focused on METthorndisease with documented rearrangement of the EWSR1 gene by fluorescence in situ hybridization. Results: Among 43 consenting patients with the local diagnosis of CCSA, 36 had centrally confirmed CCSA, 28 of whom were eligible, treated and assessable. Twenty-six out of the 28 patients had METthorndisease, of whom one achieved a confirmed partial response and 17 had stable disease (SD) (ORR 3.8%, 95% confidence interval: 0.1-19.6). Further efficacy end points in METthornCCSA were DCR: 69.2% (48.2% to 85.7%), median PFS: 131 days (49-235), median OS: 277 days (232-442). The 3-, 6-, 12-and 24-month PFR was 53.8% (34.6-73.0), 26.9% (9.8-43.9), 7.7% (1.3-21.7) and 7.7% (1.3-21.7), respectively. Among two assessable MET - patients, one had stable disease and one had progression. The most common treatment-related adverse events were nausea [18/34 (52.9%)], fatigue [17/34 (50.0%)], vomiting [12/34 (35.3%)], diarrhoea [11/34 (32.4%)], constipation [9/34 (26.5%)] and blurred vision [7/34 (20.6%)]. Conclusions: The PFS with crizotinib in METthornCCSA is similar to results achieved first-line in non-selected metastatic soft tissue sarcomas with single-agent doxorubicin. The PFS is similar to results achieved with pazopanib in previously treated sarcoma patients.