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Radiother Oncol ; 169: 64-70, 2022 04.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1676895


BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To report on the anti-tumor activity of a novel combination in high-risk locally advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: At a fixed dose of 1500 mg every 28 days, anti PD-L1 Durvalumab was given concomitantly to Radiotherapy and Cetuximab starting from the first week of combined treatment, followed by adjuvant Durvalumab to a maximum of 6 months after completion of radiation. The primary endpoint of the study was 2-year progression-free survival (PFS). A safety run-in was planned. Due to regulatory issues which prevented from opening multiple centers, COVID-19 pandemic and withdrawal of Durvalumab from supporting company, the study was prematurely terminated in April 2021. RESULTS: Between July 2019 and August 2020, 9 patients were enrolled in the study. All tumors had a PD-L1 Combined Positive Score > 1. Optimal drug exposure was observed, with mean relative dose intensity of 85.5% and 87.5% for Cetuximab and Durvalumab, respectively. No radiation breaks were necessary. A grade 4 mucositis lasting for 14 days corresponded to the only dose limiting toxicity we reported. At a median follow-up of 11.5 months (IQR 7.7-16.7) all surviving patients (6 out of 9) are disease-free, with 1 and 2-year PFS rates of 77.7% and 58.3%, respectively. A selective sparing of node levels in the elective volume was performed in all cases, yielding a cumulative mean dose of 37.6 Gy (SD 8.4). CONCLUSION: Albeit limited by the small sample size, our preliminary observation of anti-tumor activity and tolerability of Durvalumab in addition to Cetuximab and radiation may warrant further investigations.

Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols , Head and Neck Neoplasms , Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Head and Neck , Antibodies, Monoclonal/therapeutic use , Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols/adverse effects , COVID-19 , Cetuximab/therapeutic use , Head and Neck Neoplasms/drug therapy , Humans , Pandemics , Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Head and Neck/drug therapy , Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Head and Neck/pathology