Background It remains unclear whether an anti-VEGF or anti-EGFR antibody with standard doublet chemotherapy is the optimal first-line treatment in patients with RAS (KRAS/NRAS) wild-type metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). Here we outline the PARADIGM study (NCT02394795), designed to evaluate the superiority of panitumumab over bevacizumab, in combination with oxaliplatin/5-fluorouracil/leucovorin (mFOLFOX6) in patients with RAS wild-type chemotherapy-naïve mCRC. Patients and Methods Eligible patients are aged 20 to 79 years with an ECOG performance status of 0-1 and histologically/cytologically confirmed RAS wild-type mCRC. A total of 800 patients are to be randomly assigned (1:1 ratio) to mFOLFOX6 plus panitumumab (n = 400) or bevacizumab (n = 400) and stratified according to institution, age (20-64 vs. 65-79 years), and liver metastases (present vs. absent). Each treatment regimen includes oxaliplatin 85 mg/m2, l-leucovorin 200 mg/m2, and 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) I.V. 400 mg/m2 on day 1; 5-FU continuous I.V. 2400 mg/m2 on days 1 to 3; and either panitumumab 6 mg/kg or bevacizumab 5 mg/kg on day 1 every 2 weeks. The primary endpoint is overall survival forming the basis to detect a hazard ratio of 0.76 with a 1-sided type I error rate of 0.025 and 80% power. Secondary efficacy endpoints include progression-free survival, response rate, duration of response, and curative resection rate. A comprehensive biomarker analysis (NCT02394834) using archival tumor tissue and circulating tumor DNA samples collected at different time points (pretreatment and confirmed progressive disease) will investigate potential biomarkers related to primary and secondary resistance. The first patient was enrolled in May 2015 and the study is anticipated to complete in 2020.
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