Phase II study of atezolizumab with bevacizumab for non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer with high PD-L1 expression (@Be Study)

Takashi Seto, Kaname Nosaki, Mototsugu Shimokawa, Ryo Toyozawa, Shunichi Sugawara, Hidetoshi Hayashi, Haruyasu Murakami, Terufumi Kato, Seiji Niho, Hideo Saka, Masahide Oki, Hiroshige Yoshioka, Isamu Okamoto, Haruko Daga, Koichi Azuma, Hiroshi Tanaka, Kazumi Nishino, Rie Tohnai, Nobuyuki Yamamoto, Kazuhiko Nakagawa

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Background PD-L1 expression on tumor cells is a marker of PD-1/PD-L1 antibody treatment efficacy for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). PD-L1 antibody (atezolizumab) prolongs overall survival (OS) compared with platinum doublet as first-line treatment for NSCLC with high PD-L1 expression. Bevacizumab enhanced cytotoxic agent and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitor efficacy in non-squamous (NS)-NSCLC, and PD-1/PD-L1 antibodies in preclinical models. Methods This single-arm phase II study investigated clinical benefits of adding bevacizumab 15 mg/kg to atezolizumab 1200 mg fixed dose in a first-line setting for advanced NS-NSCLC patients with PD-L1 expression ≥50% without EGFR/ALK/ROS1 alterations. Primary endpoint was objective response rate (ORR) assessed by central review committee. Secondary endpoints were progression-free survival (PFS), duration of response (DOR), OS, and safety. Results Of 39 enrolled patients, 33 (84.6%) had stage IV NSCLC and 36 (92.3%) had smoking history. As of March 31, 2020, no patient had a complete response and 25 patients had a partial response (ORR=64.1%, 95% CI 47.18 to 78.80). Twelve-month PFS and OS rates were 54.9% (35.65 to 70.60) and 70.6% (50.53 to 83.74), respectively. The median DOR in 25 responders was 10.4 months (4.63-not reached). The median treatment cycle was 12 (1 to 27). Nineteen patients discontinued study treatment because of disease progression (N=17) or immune-related adverse events (AEs) (N=2) (sclerosing cholangitis or encephalopathy). There were 23 serious AEs in 12 patients, but no grade 4/5 toxicity. Conclusions Atezolizumab with bevacizumab is a potential treatment for NS-NSCLC with high PD-L1 expression. Trial registration number JapicCTI-184038.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere004025
JournalJournal for immunotherapy of cancer
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Pharmacology
  • Cancer Research


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