Annamaria Zimmermann

University Medical Center Hamburg - Eppendorf, Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

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    ABSTRACT: Introduction In PARAMOUNT, patients with advanced nonsquamous non–small cell lung cancer (NS-NSCLC) benefited from pemetrexed maintenance therapy following induction therapy with pemetrexed and cisplatin by extending survival, delaying disease progression, and maintaining quality of life (QoL). However, low-grade 1 or 2 toxicities during long-term maintenance treatment may become burdensome and impact QoL. Materials and Methods Patients in this double-blind study (N = 539), who completed 4 induction cycles (pemetrexed with cisplatin) without progressive disease (PD) and a ECOG performance status of 0/1, were randomized 2:1 to pemetrexed maintenance (500 mg/m2, day 1) + best supportive care (BSC) or placebo + BSC until PD. Adverse events (AEs, by maximum CTCAE grade) and QoL (EuroQol 5-dimensional [EQ-5D] scale) were assessed. Results A median of 4 maintenance cycles was administered (range: pemetrexed [1-44], mean ± SD: 7.9 ± 8.3; placebo [1-38], 5.0 ± 5.2), with 28% of pemetrexed and 12% of placebo patients receiving ≥10 maintenance cycles. Pemetrexed dose intensity was 94%. More patients receiving pemetrexed (12%) discontinued due to possible drug-related CTCAEs than placebo (4%; P = .005). Overall, pemetrexed was associated with significantly more (P < .05) low-grade events (grade 1/2 nausea; grade 2 anemia, edema, and neutropenia) than placebo. Overall, incidences of low-grade fatigue, anemia, and neutropenia decreased with long-term pemetrexed exposure, whereas renal events increased across arms. EQ-5D analyses demonstrated no treatment-by-time interaction or overall treatment differences between arms. Conclusion PARAMOUNT demonstrated low incidences of low-grade toxicities with long-term pemetrexed exposure without compromising QoL in patients with NS-NSCLC.
    Clinical Lung Cancer 11/2014; 15(6). DOI:10.1016/j.cllc.2014.06.007 · 3.10 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Introduction: The PARAMOUNT Phase III trial showed that maintenance pemetrexed after pemetrexed plus cisplatin induction was well tolerated and effective for patients with advanced nonsquamous non-small-cell lung cancer. Approximately 17% of patients receiving maintenance therapy in this study were 70 years of age or older. Here we report efficacy and safety results from the PARAMOUNT study for elderly (≥70 years) and non-elderly (<70 years) patients. Methods: Final efficacy and safety data from the PARAMOUNT study were analyzed post hoc using subgroup analyses for elderly and non-elderly patients. Results: The median age was 73 years in the elderly subgroup (n = 92) and 60 years in the non-elderly subgroup (n = 447). Subgroups had similar baseline characteristics, except for a higher percentage of males and patients with a performance status of one in the elderly subgroup. For elderly patients, the median PFS was 6.4 months for pemetrexed and 3.0 months for placebo; the median OS was 13.7 months for pemetrexed and 12.1 months for placebo. For non-elderly patients, the median PFS was 4.0 months for pemetrexed and 2.8 months for placebo; the median OS was 13.9 months for pemetrexed and 10.8 months for placebo. Elderly patients experienced similar levels of low-grade toxicities, but had a higher percentage of grade 3/4 anemia and neutropenia than non-elderly patients, although importantly, this did not translate into increased febrile neutropenia. Conclusions: Continuation maintenance pemetrexed had comparable survival and toxicity profiles in the elderly and non-elderly subgroups. However, grade 3/4 anemia and neutropenia were numerically higher for elderly patients.
    Journal of thoracic oncology: official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer 07/2014; 9(7):991-7. DOI:10.1097/JTO.0000000000000207 · 5.28 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The PARAMOUNT phase III trial demonstrated that pemetrexed continuation maintenance significantly reduced the risk of disease progression (hazard ratio = 0.62) and death (hazard ratio = 0.78) versus placebo in patients with advanced nonsquamous non-small-cell lung cancer. To further understand the survival data, descriptive subgroup analyses were undertaken. Nine hundred thirty-nine patients received induction therapy (four 21-day cycles pemetrexed 500 mg/m and cisplatin 75 mg/m), after which 539 nonprogressing patients with an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status (PS) of 0/1 were randomized (2:1) to maintenance pemetrexed (500 mg/m) cycles or placebo until disease progression. Baseline characteristics of patients surviving for longer periods were comparable to patients surviving shorter periods, suggesting overall survival (OS) benefit for all subgroups of patients on maintenance therapy. An examination of type and severity of induction adverse events also found no association with survival duration. Response to induction (tumor response versus stable disease) was not determinate of pemetrexed maintenance OS outcome as assessed by waterfall plot and scattergrams and by the distribution of patients among various OS intervals. The length of the interval before beginning maintenance therapy (<7 days versus ≥7/≤30 days) also did not impact the survival results. PS, a known prognostic factor, was the only baseline characteristic associated with improved OS; however, both PS 0 and PS 1 patients exhibited a survival benefit from pemetrexed maintenance. In PARAMOUNT, the OS benefit was seen across all subgroups. Other than PS, no baseline or clinical parameter clearly identified a subgroup more likely to benefit. Maintenance treatment decisions should be made on an individual basis.
    Journal of thoracic oncology: official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer 02/2014; 9(2):205-13. DOI:10.1097/JTO.0000000000000076 · 5.28 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: PURPOSEIn the phase III PARAMOUNT trial, pemetrexed continuation maintenance therapy reduced the risk of disease progression versus placebo (hazard ratio [HR], 0.62; 95% CI, 0.49 to 0.79; P < .001). Here we report final overall survival (OS) and updated safety data. PATIENTS AND METHODS In all, 939 patients with advanced nonsquamous non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) received four cycles of pemetrexed-cisplatin induction therapy; then, 539 patients with no disease progression and Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status 0 or 1 were randomly assigned (2:1) to maintenance pemetrexed (500 mg/m(2) on day 1 of 21-day cycles; n = 359) or placebo (n = 180). Log-rank test compared OS between arms as measured from random assignment (α = .0498). pemetrexed, 13.9 months; placebo, 11.0 months). Survival on pemetrexed was consistently improved for all patient subgroups, including induction response: complete/partial responders (n = 234) OS HR, 0.81; 95% CI, 0.59 to 1.11 and stable disease (n = 285) OS HR, 0.76; 95% CI, 0.57 to 1.01). Postdiscontinuation therapy use was similar: pemetrexed, 64%; placebo, 72%. No new safety findings emerged. Drug-related grade 3 to 4 anemia, fatigue, and neutropenia were significantly higher in pemetrexed-treated patients. CONCLUSION Pemetrexed continuation maintenance therapy is well-tolerated and offers superior OS compared with placebo, further demonstrating that it is an efficacious treatment strategy for patients with advanced nonsquamous NSCLC and good performance status who did not progress during pemetrexed-cisplatin induction therapy.
    Journal of Clinical Oncology 07/2013; 31(23). DOI:10.1200/JCO.2012.47.1102 · 18.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim was to determine if combined pemetrexed, cisplatin, and cetuximab was efficacious and safe as first-line treatment in advanced nonsquamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). In this single-arm, multicenter clinical trial, patients with Stage IIIB/IV nonsquamous NSCLC received first-line therapy consisting of pemetrexed (500mg/m(2)) and cisplatin (75mg/m(2)) on Day 1 (21-day cycles) plus weekly cetuximab (400mg/m(2) loading dose, then 250mg/m(2)) for 4-6 cycles. Non-progressing patients received maintenance therapy consisting of pemetrexed and cetuximab as above until disease progression. All patients received vitamin supplementation, dexamethasone, and antihistamine prophylaxis. The primary endpoint was objective response rate (ORR). Secondary endpoints were progression-free survival (PFS), 1-year survival rate, translational research (TR) and safety. Of the 113 patients receiving study drug, 109 were protocol-qualified. All patients completed ≥1 cycle of induction, and 51 (45%) and 49 (43%) patients completed ≥1 cycle of maintenance with pemetrexed and cetuximab, respectively. The ORR (n=109) was 38.5% (80% confidence interval [CI], 32.3-45.1%), all partial responses. Median PFS was 5.8 (80% CI, 4.4-6.7) months. One-year survival rate was 45% (80% CI, 39-51%). In exploratory analyses, there was some preliminary evidence of potential prognostic relationships with efficacy outcomes for epidermal growth factor receptor and thyroid transcription factor-1 protein expression, but not for KRAS mutation or for thymidylate synthase or folate receptor-alpha protein expression. Seventy-three (64.6%) patients had study drug-related Grade 3/4 adverse events (AEs). Drug-related serious AEs were reported in 31 (27.4%) patients. There were 3 (2.7%) potentially drug-related deaths on-study or within 30 days of follow up. Pemetrexed, cisplatin, and cetuximab appeared efficacious and tolerable in advanced nonsquamous NSCLC patients. The TR outcomes are hypothesis-generating given the study's size and nonrandomized nature.
    Lung cancer (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 06/2013; 81(3). DOI:10.1016/j.lungcan.2013.05.010 · 3.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Patients with advanced non-squamous non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) benefit from pemetrexed maintenance therapy after induction therapy with a platinum-containing, non-pemetrexed doublet. The PARAMOUNT trial investigated whether continuation maintenance with pemetrexed improved progression-free survival after induction therapy with pemetrexed plus cisplatin. In this double-blind, multicentre, phase 3, randomised placebo-controlled trial, patients with advanced non-squamous NSCLC aged 18 years or older, with no previous systemic chemotherapy for lung cancer, with at least one measurable lesion, and an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0 or 1 participated. Before randomisation, patients entered an induction phase which consisted of four cycles of induction pemetrexed (500 mg/m(2)) plus cisplatin (75 mg/m(2)) on day 1 of a 21-day cycle. Patients who did not progress after completion of four cycles of induction and who had an ECOG performance status of 0 or 1 were stratified according to disease stage (IIIB or IV), ECOG performance status (0 or 1), and induction response (complete or partial response, or stable disease), and randomly assigned (2:1 ratio) to receive maintenance therapy with either pemetrexed (500 mg/m(2) every 21 days) plus best supportive care or placebo plus best supportive care until disease progression. Randomisation was done with the Pocock and Simon minimisation method. Patients and investigators were masked to treatment assignment. The primary endpoint was progression-free survival in the intention-to-treat population. This study is registered with, NCT00789373. Of the 1022 patients enrolled, 939 participated in the induction phase. Of these, 539 patients were randomly assigned to receive continuation maintenance with pemetrexed plus best supportive care (n=359) or with placebo plus best supportive care (n=180). Among the 359 patients randomised to continuation maintenance with pemetrexed, there was a significant reduction in the risk of disease progression over the placebo group (HR 0·62, 95% CI 0·49-0·79; p<0·0001). The median progression-free survival, measured from randomisation, was 4·1 months (95% CI 3·2-4·6) for pemetrexed and 2·8 months (2·6-3·1) for placebo. Possibly treatment-related laboratory grade 3-4 adverse events were more common in the pemetrexed group (33 [9%] of 359 patients) than in the placebo group (one [<1%] of 180 patients; p<0·0001), as were non-laboratory grade 3-5 adverse events (32 [9%] of 359 patients in the pemetrexed group; eight [4%] of 180 patients in the placebo group; p=0·080); one possibly treatment-related death was reported in each group. The most common adverse events of grade 3-4 in the pemetrexed group were anaemia (16 [4%] of 359 patients), neutropenia (13 [4%]), and fatigue (15 [4%]). In the placebo group, these adverse events were less common: anaemia (one [<1%] of 180 patients), neutropenia (none), and fatigue (one <1%]). The most frequent serious adverse events were anaemia (eight [2%] of 359 patients in the pemetrexed group vs none in the placebo group) and febrile neutropenia (five [1%] vs none). Discontinuations due to drug-related adverse events occurred in 19 (5%) patients in the pemetrexed group and six (3%) patients in the placebo group. Continuation maintenance with pemetrexed is an effective and well tolerated treatment option for patients with advanced non-squamous NSCLC with good performance status who have not progressed after induction therapy with pemetrexed plus cisplatin. Eli Lilly and Company.
    The Lancet Oncology 03/2012; 13(3):247-55. DOI:10.1016/S1470-2045(12)70063-3 · 24.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Carboplatin-based combinations are commonly used in platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer (PSOC). Pemetrexed in combination with carboplatin has been shown to be feasible in a phase I study in PSOC. The primary objective of this subsequent phase II study was to determine the overall response rate (ORR; defined by Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors) of this combination in patients with recurrent PSOC. Secondary objectives included progression-free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS), and toxicity. Patients with PSOC (defined by recurrence ≥ 6 months after completion of up to two lines of prior platinum-based therapy), measurable disease, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status of 0 to 2, and adequate organ function were eligible. Pemetrexed 500 mg/m(2) was administered as a 10-minute infusion followed by carboplatin AUC 6 as a 30-minute infusion on day 1 of a 21-day cycle. Sixty-six patients were treated. Of the 61 patients evaluable for response, there were 20 responders (one complete response and 19 partial responses), for an ORR of 32.8% (95% CI: 21.3%, 46.0%). For the intent-to-treat population (all 66 patients), the median PFS was 9.4 months (95% CI: 8.3, 11.1), with 22.7% censoring. Median OS was not reached due to the high censoring rate. There was one drug-related death (multi-organ failure). The most common drug-related grade 3/4 toxicities were neutropenia (39.4%), thrombocytopenia (24.2%), carboplatin hypersensitivity (9.1%), nausea (6.1%), and vomiting (6.1%). Carboplatin AUC 6 and pemetrexed 500 mg/m(2) has a low incidence of serious toxicities. Defining the platinum-based combination with the best therapeutic index would require a prospective phase III study.
    Gynecologic Oncology 10/2011; 124(2):205-9. DOI:10.1016/j.ygyno.2011.09.007 · 3.77 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Tasisulam sodium (hereafter, tasisulam) is a novel anticancer agent that induces apoptosis through the intrinsic pathway and has antiangiogenic activity in preclinical models. Tasisulam demonstrated activity across a broad range of tumors, including melanoma. The primary objective of this phase 2 study was to determine the objective response rate (ORR) in patients who had received 1 previous systemic chemotherapy for unresectable/metastatic melanoma; secondary objectives were to evaluate the clinical response rate (CRR), progression-free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS), duration of response, safety, and pharmacokinetics. Tasisulam was administered intravenously on Day 1 of 21-day cycles according to a lean body weight-based dosing algorithm targeting a peak plasma concentration (C(max) ) of 420 μg/mL. In 68 enrolled patients, the median age was 59 years (range, 26-83 years). No patients had a complete response (CR), 8 patients had a partial response (PR), and 24 patients had stable disease (SD); the ORR (CR + PR) was 11.8%, and the CRR (CR + PR + SD) was 47.1%. The median PFS was 2.6 months, and the median OS was 9.6 months. The predominant treatment-related grade 3/4 toxicity was thrombocytopenia (20.6% of patients). Tasisulam exhibited a biexponential disposition with a predicted distribution half-life of 0.3 hours to 2.8 hours and a median terminal elimination half-life of 10 days (consistent with the turnover of albumin), suggesting that tasisulam is very tightly bound to albumin. Tasisulam administered at a targeted C(max) of 420 μg/mL on Day 1 of 21-day cycles demonstrated activity and tolerable toxicity as second-line treatment in malignant melanoma. These results led to a registration trial in metastatic melanoma. Cancer 2011;. © 2011 American Cancer Society.
    Cancer 10/2011; 117(20):4732-9. DOI:10.1002/cncr.26068 · 4.89 Impact Factor

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294 Citations
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  • 2014
    • University Medical Center Hamburg - Eppendorf
      Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
  • 2011–2014
    • Eli Lilly
      • Lilly Research Laboratories
      Indianapolis, Indiana, United States