Objective response and prolonged disease control of advanced adrenocortical carcinoma with cabozantinib.

Objective response of advanced adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) to mitotane and cytotoxic chemotherapy regimen is only ~20% and early tumor progression is frequent. Previous clinical trials with oral multi-kinase inhibitors were negative which has been attributed in part to inadvertent drug interaction with mitotane. Cabozantinib (CABO) is an inhibitor of c-MET, VEGFR2, AXL, and RET and approved for advanced kidney cancer, liver carcinoma after previous sorafenib and medullary thyroid carcinoma.

To investigate the clinical efficacy and safety of CABO monotherapy in ACC patients.

Retrospective cohort study.

three referral centers for ACC (Germany, United States).

Sixteen patients (13 female) with progressive ACC received CABO after previous mitotane in 15/16 and 3 (median, range 0-8) further systemic treatments. Prior CABO, mitotane was discontinued in all patients. Plasma concentration was <2 mg/L in 7/16 patients and discontinued >12 months in 6 additional patients before CABO use. In 4/5 cases with available plasma samples, CABO concentration was in the expected steady state range. Adverse events (AE) of grade 1/2 and 3 were observed in 13 and 3 patients, respectively, and consistent with the known safety profile of CABO. Best response was partial response in 3, stable disease in 5 and progressive disease in 8 patients. Median PFS and OS was 16 and 58 weeks, respectively.

CABO monotherapy appears to be safe and effective as a monotherapy in advanced ACC after failing prior treatments. Therefore, prospective investigation of CABO in ACC patients is warranted.

The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism. 2020 Jan 04 [Epub ahead of print]

Matthias Kroiss, Felix Megerle, Max Kurlbaum, Sebastian Zimmermann, Julia Wendler, Camilo Jimenez, Constantin Lapa, Marcus Quinkler, Oliver Scherf-Clavel, Mouhammed Amir Habra, Martin Fassnacht

Dept. of Internal Medicine I, Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, University Hospital Würzburg, University of Würzburg, Germany., Core Unit Clinical Mass Spectrometry, University Hospital Würzburg, University of Würzburg, Germany., The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Ctr, Department of Endocrine Neoplasia and Hormonal Disorders, Division of Internal Medicine, Houston, TX, USA., Department of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Würzburg, University of Würzburg, Germany., Charité University Medicine and Endokrinologie in Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany., Institute for Pharmacy and Food Chemistry, University of Würzburg, Germany.