Maintenance Olaparib in Newly Diagnosed Advanced Ovarian Cancer


Key Points

  • Olaparib significantly prolonged progression-free survival vs placebo.
  • Progression-free survival at 3 years was 60% vs 27%.

As reported in The New England Journal of Medicine by Moore et al, the phase III SOLO-1 trial has shown that maintenance with olaparib, following complete or partial response to platinum-based chemotherapy, significantly prolonged progression-free survival vs placebo in newly diagnosed, advanced, high-grade serous or endometrioid ovarian cancer, primary peritoneal cancer, or fallopian tube cancer with a BRCA1BRCA2, or BRCA1/2 mutation. The trial supported the recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of olaparib in this setting.

In the double-blind international trial, 391 patients who had complete or partial clinical response after platinum-based chemotherapy were randomly assigned 2:1 between September 2013 and March 2015 to receive oral olaparib at 300 mg twice daily (n = 260) or placebo (n = 131). Treatment was continued until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity or for up to 2 years; patients with no evidence of disease at 2 years stopped receiving study treatment, whereas those with partial response at 2 years were permitted to continue receiving treatment in blinded fashion. The primary endpoint was investigator-assessed progression-free survival.

Progression-Free Survival

Median follow-up was 41 months. The Kaplan-Meier estimate of progression-free survival at 3 years was 60% in the olaparib group vs 27% in the placebo group (hazard ratio [HR] = 0.30, P < .001). Median progression-free survival was not reached in the olaparib group vs 13.8 months in the placebo group. Progression-free survival was 88% vs 51% at 1 year and 74% vs 35% at 2 years. On blinded independent central review, progression-free survival at 3 years was 69% vs 35% (HR = 0.28, P < .001). All subgroup analyses favored olaparib, including subgroups for the stratification factors of complete response (HR = 0.35, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.26–0.49) and partial response (HR = 0.19, 95% CI = 0.11–0.34) after prior platinum-containing chemotherapy.

Overall survival data were immature at the time of analysis (21% data maturity). Overall survival at 3 years was 84% vs 80% (HR = 0.95, 95% CI = 0.60–1.53). Median time to the first subsequent therapy or death was 51.8 months vs 15.1 months (HR = 0.30, 95% CI = 0.22–0.40).

Adverse Events

The most common adverse events of any grade in the olaparib group were nausea (77% vs 38% in placebo group), fatigue/asthenia (63% vs 42%), vomiting (40% vs 15%), anemia (39% vs 10%), and diarrhea (34% vs 25%). Grade 3 or 4 adverse events occurred in 39% vs 18% of patients, with the most common in the olaparib group being anemia (22%) and neutropenia (9%). Serious adverse events occurred in 21% vs 12% of patients, with the most common in the olaparib group being anemia (7%). No adverse events resulted in death.

The investigators concluded,“The use of maintenance therapy with olaparib provided a substantial benefit with regard to progression-free survival among women with newly diagnosed advanced ovarian cancer and a BRCA1/2 mutation, with a 70% lower risk of disease progression or death with olaparib than with placebo.”

Disclosure: The study was funded by AstraZeneca and Merck. The study authors’ full disclosures can be found at

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