The following article features coverage from the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Click here to read more of Oncology Nurse Advisor‘s conference coverage. 

CHICAGO — Infusion of autologous HER2-CAR T cells after lymphodepletion is safe and appears to be associated with objective clinical benefit in patients with advanced HER2+ sarcoma, according to the findings of a small phase I study presented at the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting. 

Meenakshi Hegde, MD, of Texas Children’s Cancer Center, and colleagues reported results from 6 patients with refractory/metastatic HER2+ sarcoma (4 osteosarcoma, 1 rhabdomyosarcoma, 1 synovial sarcoma). Patients had a median age of 16 years (range 5 to 55 years).

Patients received up to 3 infusions of 1 × 108 cells/m2 CAR T cells after lymphodepletion with either fludarabine or fludarabine and cyclophosphamide. These therapies induced lymphopenia with an absolute lymphocyte count of less than 100/mL at the day of T-cell infusion. Only fludarabine plus cyclophosphamide induced neutropenia (absolute neutrophil count less than 500/mL) for up to 14 days.

Of the 6 patients, 4 experienced grade 1/2 cytokine release syndrome within 24 hours of CAR T cell infusion that resolved completely with supportive care within 3 days of onset, Dr Hegde’s team reported. T cells expanded in 5 patients (median 89-fold), with a median peak expansion on day 7. CAR T cells could be detected by polymerase chain reaction assay in all patients at 6 weeks postinfusion. The patient with rhabdomyosarcoma had a complete response, 2 patients had stable disease, and 3 had progressive disease. Two patients remain alive, with a median overall survival of 14.2 months.

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Reference

1. Hedge M, DeRenzo CC, Zhang H, et al. Expansion of HER2-CAR T cells after lymphodepletion and clinical responses in patients with advanced sarcoma. Oral presentation at: 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting; June 2-6, 2017; Chicago, IL.