Cancer Drugs: April 2007 Archives

avastinGenentech and FDA notified healthcare professionals of important new safety information regarding tracheoesophageal (TE) fistula formation in a recent clinical study in patients with limited-stage small cell lung cancer (SCLC).

This multicenter, non-randomized, single-arm phase II clinical trial study combined chemotherapy and radiation plus Avastin.

There have been two confirmed serious adverse events of TE fistula (one fatal) reported in the first 29 patients enrolled in this study. A third, fatal event (upper aerodigestive tract hemorrhage and de ath of unknown cause), was also reported, in which TE fistula was suspected but not confirmed. All three events occurred during the Avastin maintenance phase of the study in the context of persistent esophagitis. Additionally, six other cases of TE fistula have also been reported in other lung and esophageal cancer studies using Avastin and chemotherapy alone or with concurrent radiation treatment.