Effects of everolimus (EVE) on disease progression in bone and bone markers (BMs) in patients (pts) with bone metastases (mets). Conference Paper uri icon

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  • 102 Background: BOLERO-2, a multinational, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase III study in postmenopausal women with estrogen-receptor–positive breast cancer (BC) refractory to nonsteroidal aromatase inhibitors (NSAIs), showed significant clinical benefits with the addition of EVE to exemestane (EXE) (Baselga J et al. NEJM2011 Epub). As bone resorption is an important factor in BC mets, it is interesting to study bone-related effects of EVE. In preclinical studies, mTOR inhibition was associated with decreased osteoclast survival and activity. Exploratory analyses in BOLERO-2 evaluated the effects of EVE vs placebo (PBO) on BM levels and BC progression in bone in pts with bone mets at baseline. Methods: Eligible pts were treated with EXE (25 mg once daily) and randomized (2:1) to EVE (10 mg once daily) or PBO. Bone turnover markers (BMs) were exploratory endpoints analyzed at 6 and 12 wks after treatment initiation and included bone-specific alkaline phosphatase, amino-terminal propeptide of type I collagen, and C-terminal cross-linking telopeptide of type I collagen. Progressive disease in bone (PDB) was defined as worsening of a preexisting bone lesion or a new bone lesion. Results: Baseline disease characteristics, including bone mets at baseline (n = 370, 76% EVE vs n = 184, 77% PBO), were well balanced between arms (N = 724), and baseline bisphosphonate use was not (44% EVE vs 55% PBO). At 12.5 mo median follow-up, progression-free survival (primary endpoint), overall response rate, and clinical benefit rate (p < 0.0001, all) were significantly higher with EVE (n = 485) vs PBO (n = 239). BM levels at 6 and 12 wks increased vs baseline with PBO but decreased with EVE. The cumulative incidence rate of BC PBD was lower for EVE vs PBO at day 60 (3.03% vs 6.16%, respectively), and this trend was sustained beyond 6 months. Updated results will be presented. All bone-related adverse events reported were grade 1-2 and occurred with similar frequency in EVE (2.9%)- and PBO (3.8%)-treated patients. Conclusions: Exploratory analyses from BOLERO-2 suggest that adding EVE has beneficial effects on bone turnover and BC progression in bone in pts receiving EXE therapy for NSAI-refractory BC.


  • Hart, Lowell L
  • Baselga, José
  • Rugo, Hope S
  • Noguchi, Shinzaburo
  • Pritchard, Kathleen
  • Burris, Howard A
  • Piccart-Gebhart, Martine J
  • Eakle, Janice F
  • Mukai, Hirofumi
  • Iwata, Hiroji
  • El-Hashimy, Mona
  • Rao, Shantha
  • Panneerselvam, Ashok
  • Taran, Tanya
  • Hortobagyi, Gabriel N
  • Sahmoud, Tarek
  • Lebwohl, David Edward
  • Gnant, Michael

publication date

  • September 20, 2012