Erlotinib and bevacizumab in elderly patients ≥75 years old with non-small cell lung cancer harboring epidermal growth factor receptor mutations

Lung Cancer

Invest New Drugs. 2020 Aug 17. doi: 10.1007/s10637-020-00988-1. Online ahead of print.


The efficacy and safety of combination therapy with erlotinib and bevacizumab in elderly patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) harboring epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene mutations are unknown. Elderly patients aged ≥75 years old with advanced or recurrent NSCLC and EGFR mutations (exon 19 deletion or L858R mutation in exon 21) received erlotinib (150 mg, daily) and bevacizumab (15 mg/kg on day 1 of a 21-day cycle) until disease progression or the occurrence of unacceptable

toxicities. The primary endpoint was progression-free survival from enrollment. Twenty-five patients were enrolled in this study, and the median age was 80 years. Fifteen (60.0%) and 10 patients (40.0%) had exon 21 L858R mutations and exon 19 deletions, respectively. The median progression-free survival from enrollment was 12.6 months [95% confidence interval (CI): 8.0-33.7 months]. The objective response rate was 88.0% [95% CI: 74.0%-99.0%], and the disease control rate was 100% [95% CI: 88.7%-100%]. Grade 3 or higher adverse events occurred in 12 patients (48.0%), and rash and nausea were the most common. Grade 3 or higher bevacizumab-related toxicities occurred in 4 (16.0%) patients, including proteinuria (n = 2), gastrointestinal perforation (n = 1) and pneumothorax (n = 1). A dose reduction of erlotinib and cessation of bevacizumab was required in 16 (64.0%) and 18 patients (72.0%), respectively. Erlotinib and bevacizumab combination therapy showed a minimal survival benefit with frequent dose reductions and/or treatment discontinuations in elderly patients with EGFR-positive NSCLC.