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Targeted PI3K/AKT/mTOR therapy for metastatic carcinomas of the cervix: A phase I clinical experience.

  • Author(s): Hou, Ming-Mo
  • Liu, Xiaochun
  • Wheler, Jennifer
  • Naing, Aung
  • Hong, David
  • Coleman, Robert L
  • Tsimberidou, Apostolia
  • Janku, Filip
  • Zinner, Ralph
  • Lu, Karen
  • Kurzrock, Razelle
  • Fu, Siqing
  • et al.

BACKGROUND:Activated PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway frequently occurs in metastatic or recurrent cervical carcinomas. However, the clinical benefits of matched therapy, a therapeutic approach targeting a specific mutational abnormality, have not yet been established. METHODS:We analyzed the outcomes of patients with metastatic or recurrent cervical carcinomas who had a test for PIK3CA mutation and/or PTEN loss/mutation, and received ≥1 phase I therapeutic regimen between January 2006 and June 2013. RESULTS:Patients with adenocarcinoma had fewer PIK3CA mutations (14%), and survived longer (median, 14.2 months) than those with squamous cell carcinoma (48% and 7.2 months; p = 0.016, and 0.001, respectively). Matched therapy targeting the activated PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway led to a favorable rate of SD ≥ 6 months/CR/PR (53%) and significantly longer progression-free survival (median, 6.0 months) than non-matched therapy (11% and 1.5 months; p = 0.08 and 0.026; respectively). In patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix, the presence of PIK3CA mutations was associated with a significantly longer overall survival (median, 9.4 months) than the absence of PIK3CA mutations (median, 4.2 months; p = 0.019). CONCLUSIONS:Matched therapy targeting the activated PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway provided meaningful clinical benefits. Thus, further evaluation of PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway targeted therapy is warranted, especially in metastatic or recurrent squamous cell carcinoma.

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