Purpose: This phase II trial assessed the activity and tolerability of cetuximab (C225, Erbitux) in combination with carboplatin in patients with relapsed platinum-sensitive ovarian or primary peritoneal carcinoma. Patients and methods: Patients were to receive combination therapy with cetuximab (initial dose of 400 mg/m2 intravenously on cycle 1, day 1, followed by weekly infusions of 250 mg/m2) and carboplatin (AUC of 6 on day 1 and every 3 weeks). The primary objectives of this trial were to estimate the anti-tumor activity and adverse events of this combination therapy. Immunohistochemical expression of EGFR was evaluated in tumor specimens from patients enrolled in this trial. Results: Of the 29 patients, 28 (97%) were eligible and evaluable for analysis of the efficacy and toxicity of cetuximab administered in combination with carboplatin. Of the evaluable entries, 26 had EGFR-positive tumors and the response rate in this group of patients was as follows: 9 demonstrated an objective response (3 CR; 6 PR) and 8 had stable disease. The response rate did not meet criteria for opening a second stage of accrual. The median time to progression was 9.4+ months (range: .9-22.2+). The most commonly observed adverse events were dermatologic toxicity (grade 3 in 32%), thrombocytopenia (grade 3 in 14%), and hypersensitivity reactions (grade 3 and 4 in 18%). Conclusions: Cetuximab administered in combination with carboplatin had modest activity in screened patients with EGFR-positive, relapsed platinum-sensitive ovarian or primary peritoneal carcinoma. Cetuximab was associated with an acneiform rash in a majority of patients and occasional serious hypersensitivity reactions.
- Epidermal growth factor receptor
- Ovarian cancer
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology