Delcath Announces Updated Efficacy Results from Phase 3 Trial of Chemosaturation for Melanoma Metastases in the Liver
Delcath Systems (NASDAQ: DCTH) announced today that James F. Pingpank, MD, FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, will present updated investigator results from the Phase 3 randomized trial of Delcath's chemosaturation system with melphalan in patients with hepatic metastases from ocular or cutaneous melanoma.
Dr. Pingpank, a lead principal investigator of the Phase 3 trial, will present the abstract (9304), "Percutaneous Hepatic Perfusion vs. Best Alternative Care for Patients with Melanoma Liver Metastases - Efficacy Update of the Phase 3 Trial," in the plenary session today at 11:15am CEST at the European Multidisciplinary Cancer Congress in Stockholm. These updated results include follow-up data from patients through March 2011, an additional 12 months of data maturation from when Dr. Pingpank first presented investigator data from this Phase 3 trial in June 2010, at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's Annual Meeting.
With respect to the study's primary endpoint of hepatic progression free survival, the updated investigator-assessed results showed that patients in the chemosaturation arm demonstrated median hPFS of 8.0 months compared to 1.6 months in the BAC arm, a significant 6.4 month extension of hPFS (hazard ratio 0.35, p<0.0001). Median overall PFS in the chemosaturation arm was 6.7 months compared to 1.6 months in the BAC arm, an increase of 5.1 months (hazard ratio 0.36, p<0.0001).
As reported previously, the hepatic response rate in the chemosaturation arm was 34% compared to 2% for the BAC arm. In addition, 52% of patients in the chemosaturation arm achieved stable disease, compared with 27% in the BAC group, giving a tumor growth control rate of 86% for the chemosaturation group versus 29% for the BAC group (p<0.001). Patients who crossed from the BAC arm to chemosaturation treatment after progression of liver disease showed consistent efficacy with patients treated on the chemosaturation arm. As expected, there was no difference in overall survival in the randomized study due to the crossover trial design. An analysis of survival trends by patient cohorts indicated that patients treated with chemosaturation, including crossover patients, had a median survival of 11.4 months compared to 4.1 months for BAC patients who did not receive chemosaturation. As of June 30th, 11 patients treated with chemosaturation were still alive compared to two patients in the BAC arm who did not receive chemosaturation.
"The additional 12 months of data and extended survival for a significant percentage of the treated patients confirm our belief that chemosaturation may provide a significantly better option than the few treatments presently available for patients with melanoma metastases in the liver," said Eamonn P. Hobbs, President and CEO of Delcath. "The hepatic PFS, overall PFS and response rate are consistent with past investigator assessments and highly statistically significant. We are encouraged by the data presented in Stockholm today."
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