Publications by authors named "Nobuaki Fukamatsu"

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Phase II study of amrubicin plus erlotinib in previously treated, advanced non-small cell lung cancer with wild-type epidermal growth factor receptor (TORG1320).

Invest New Drugs 2021 Apr 7;39(2):530-536. Epub 2020 Nov 7.

Department of Respiratory Medicine, Kitasato University School of Medicine, 1-15-1, Kitasato, Minami-ku, Sagamihara city, Kanagawa, 252-0375, Japan.

Background Amrubicin (AMR) is a completely synthetic 9-aminoanthracycline and clinically active against non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We conducted a phase I study of AMR and erlotinib (ERL) combination therapy in previously treated patients with advanced NSCLC and have already reported the safety and effectiveness. Methods We conducted a multi-center, single-arm phase II trial to evaluate the efficacy of AMR and ERL combination therapy in patients with previously treated, advanced NSCLC harboring wild-type EGFR, PS 0-1 and < 75 years of age. Patients were treated at 3-week intervals with AMR plus ERL. The primary endpoint was the PFS, and the secondary endpoints were the response rate (RR), disease control rate (DCR), overall survival (OS) and toxicity. The trough ERL concentration (C) was measured as an exploratory study to analyze the relationship between the efficacy/safety and pharmacokinetics. Results From June 2013 to July 2016, 25 patients were enrolled in this trial. The PFS according to the central test was 3.6 months (95% confidence interval 2.1-5.1). The RR and DCR were 24.0% and 64.0%, respectively. We had no treatment-related deaths in this study. Conclusions The PFS of AMR and ERL combination therapy was superior to that of AMR monotherapy in the historical setting, but the primary endpoint was not met in this trial. In our study, the pharmacokinetic analysis showed that the C of ERL was elevated with combination therapy. This combination therapy might be a viable treatment for previously treated NSCLC patients without a driver oncogene mutation. Clinical trial information UMIN 000010582.
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April 2021

Low-Dose Erlotinib Treatment in Elderly or Frail Patients With EGFR Mutation-Positive Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: A Multicenter Phase 2 Trial.

JAMA Oncol 2020 07 9;6(7):e201250. Epub 2020 Jul 9.

Department of Respiratory Medicine and Medical Oncology, Yokohama Municipal Citizen's Hospital, Yokohama, Japan.

Importance: Although the efficacy of epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors for EGFR gene mutation-positive non-small cell lung cancer is well established, optimal dosing remains to be established, especially in elderly or frail patients.

Objective: To investigate the efficacy and safety of low-dose erlotinib in elderly or frail patients with EGFR mutation-positive non-small cell lung cancer.

Design, Setting, And Participants: Single-arm phase 2 trial with the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) 2-stage design that enrolled frail patients from 21 Japanese institutions after meeting the inclusion criteria. Chemotherapy-naive patients with EGFR-activating mutation-positive non-small cell lung cancer who were considered frail based on age, the Charlson Comorbidity Index, and Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status were eligible for the study.

Interventions: Patients were initially administered 50 mg/d erlotinib for 4 weeks, which was modified based on response or adverse events. Dose increase was permitted for patients with stable disease after 4 weeks.

Main Outcomes And Measures: The primary end point was the independent review committee-confirmed objective response rate (ORR) at the dose of 50 mg/d. The study also evaluated the pharmacokinetics of low-dose erlotinib and influence of ABCB1 gene polymorphisms.

Results: Eighty patients were enrolled, with a median (range) age of 80 (49-90) years; 54 (68%) were men. An independent review committee confirmed a significant ORR of 60.0% (90% CI, 50.2%-69.2%). The disease control rate was 90.0% (90% CI, 82.7%-94.9%), median progression-free survival was 9.3 months (95% CI, 7.2-11.4 months), and median overall survival was 26.2 months (95% CI, 21.9-30.4 months). Mild adverse events were observed in some participants, with few patients exhibiting grade 3 or greater adverse events. Low-dose erlotinib treatment was temporarily suspended for 10 patients owing to adverse events. Five of 80 patients (6%) had their erlotinib dose reduced to 25 mg because of oral mucositis, paronychia, erythema multiforme, diarrhea, and anorexia. Two patients discontinued treatment because of adverse events (cutaneous ulcer and bone infection, and oral mucositis, respectively). There were no cases of interstitial lung disease or treatment-related deaths. The median (range) erlotinib plasma concentration was measured at 685 (153-1950) ng/mL. Seventy-three patients discontinued study treatment owing to disease progression (n = 60), death (n = 3), AEs (n = 4), and patient requests (n = 6). No clear association was observed between the pharmacokinetics of low-dose erlotinib and the treatment outcome.

Conclusions And Relevance: Low-dose erlotinib appears to be safe and effective in elderly or frail patients with EGFR mutation-positive non-small cell lung cancer and can be a valid treatment option.

Trial Registration: UMIN-CTR Identifier: UMIN000015949.
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July 2020

A phase I/II trial of weekly nab-paclitaxel for pretreated non-small-cell lung cancer patients without epidermal growth factor receptor mutations and anaplastic lymphoma kinase rearrangement.

Asia Pac J Clin Oncol 2019 Aug 1;15(4):250-256. Epub 2019 Apr 1.

Department of Respiratory Medicine, Okayama University Hospital, Okayama, Japan.

Aim: We investigated the efficacy, safety and optimal schedule of nanoparticle albumin-bound paclitaxel monotherapy as second- or third-line treatment for non-small-cell lung cancer patients without epidermal growth factor receptor mutation and anaplastic lymphoma kinase rearrangement.

Methods: Patients with pretreated advanced non-small-cell lung cancer without epidermal growth factor receptor mutation and anaplastic lymphoma kinase rearrangement were included. The patients were administered 100 mg/m of nanoparticle albumin-bound paclitaxel on days 1, 8, 15 and 22 (level 0) or on days 1, 8 and 15 (level -1) every 4 weeks during phase I of the trial. The primary endpoint was objective response rate. The estimated objective response rate was 15% and the threshold was 5% with an α error of 0.05 and β error of 0.2 in phase II.

Results: The recommended schedule was determined as level -1 in phase I. The characteristics of the 55 patients enrolled in phase II were as follows: median age = 66 years, male/female = 40/15, second/third line = 34/21 and adenocarcinoma/squamous cell carcinoma/large cell carcinoma/others = 34/17/2/2. Objective response rate was 7.3% (95% confidence interval, 2.0-17.6%). Median progression-free survival was 3.4 months. Treatment-related grade 3 or 4 toxicities were neutropenia (36.4%), febrile neutropenia (5.5%) and pulmonary infection (3.6%). Three patients had grade 2 pneumonitis and one treatment-related death occurred due to adult respiratory distress syndrome.

Conclusion: This study failed to meet predefined primary endpoints for pretreated patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer without epidermal growth factor receptor mutation and anaplastic lymphoma kinase rearrangement.
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August 2019

Statistical analysis of F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron-emission tomography/computed tomography ground-glass nodule findings.

Mol Clin Oncol 2018 Sep 16;9(3):279-282. Epub 2018 Jul 16.

Okayama Diagnostic Imaging Center, Okayama, Okayama 700-0913, Japan.

F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron-emission tomography/computed tomography (F-FDG-PET/CT) is important in lung cancer diagnosis; false negatives are often caused by ground-glass nodules (GGNs). PET/CT utility in GGN diagnosis is unknown. The associations between GGN CT findings (size, properties), the pathological diagnosis and maximum standardized uptake value (SUV) were explored. Sixty-six patients with pathological stage IA1-IIA lung adenocarcinoma underwent surgical resection and PET/CT between January 2010 and December 2014. Clinical characteristics, CT findings, pathological diagnoses and PET/CT findings were retrospectively examined. The age range was 47-86 years (median, 69 years), the female/male ratio was 38:28 and the pathological stage was IA1, IA2, IA3, IB and IIA in 5, 30, 21, 9 and 1, respectively. Total and solid-part lesion diameters ranged from 7.00-41.13 mm (median, 19.43 mm) and 0.00-23.23 mm (median, 4.55 mm), respectively; the solid-part ratio (solid-part diameter/total diameter) was 0-77% (median, 20%). SUV ranged from a value too low for evaluation to 3.9 (median, 1.0). Pathological diagnoses were adenocarcinoma (AIS), minimally invasive adenocarcinoma (MIA), lepidic-predominant adenocarcinoma (LPA) and papillary predominant adenocarcinoma (PPA) in 17, 15, 32 and 2, respectively. Correlation coefficients for each factor and SUV for total and solid-part diameters were 0.513 (p<0.0001) and 0.461 (p<0.0001), respectively. All pure GGNs showed clinically unimportant SUV<2.5, even though some large GGNs were included (maximum, 40.0 mm). A total diameter ≥20 mm was significantly associated with FDG uptake (p<0.0001). SUV were <2.5 when the solid-part diameter was <4.55 mm. The AIS-MIA group showed significantly lower SUV than the LPA-PPA group (p=0.0008). There was no clinically important SUV with diagnostic value for pure or small part-solid GGNs. There were medium correlations for GGN total diameter, solid-part diameter, and SUV. We should note PET/CT's limitations in GGN diagnosis.
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September 2018

Successful Long-term Management of Two Cases of Moderate Hemoptysis Due to Chronic Cavitary Pulmonary Aspergillosis with Bronchial Occlusion Using Silicone Spigots.

Intern Med 2018 Aug 30;57(16):2389-2393. Epub 2018 Mar 30.

Department of Respiratory Medicine, Japanese Red Cross Okayama Hospital, Japan.

Chronic pulmonary aspergillosis is a major cause of life-threatening hemoptysis. In symptomatic patients with simple aspergillomas, surgery is the main therapeutic method for preventing or treating life-threatening hemoptysis. However, the risks of both death and complications are higher in chronic cavitary pulmonary aspergillosis than in simple aspergilloma. We herein report two patients with persistent moderate hemoptysis due to chronic cavitary pulmonary aspergillosis who were not indicated for surgery, but were able to undergo successful long-term management with bronchial occlusion using silicone spigots. In diseases with a high recurrence rate of hemoptysis, the continuous placement of silicone spigots might therefore be effective to prevent rebleeding.
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August 2018

A phase I trial of afatinib and bevacizumab in chemo-naïve patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer harboring EGFR mutations: Okayama Lung Cancer Study Group Trial 1404.

Lung Cancer 2018 01 28;115:103-108. Epub 2017 Nov 28.

Department of Respiratory Medicine and Allergy, Okayama University Hospital, 2-5-1, Shikata-cho, Okayama, Japan.

Objective: In advanced epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-mutant non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), treatment with afatinib, a second-generation EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI), confers a significant survival benefit over platinum-based chemotherapy. The first-generation EGFR-TKIs gefitinib and erlotinib in combination with bevacizumab have improved progression-free survival. We hypothesized that the combination of afatinib with bevacizumab would further improve efficacy, and conducted a phase I trial to test this hypothesis.

Materials And Methods: Untreated patients with advanced EGFR-mutant NSCLC were enrolled. The primary endpoint was safety. Two doses of afatinib, 40mg/day (level 0) and 30mg/day (level -1), were evaluated in combination with 15mg/kg bevacizumab every 3 weeks. Optimal dosing was determined by dose-limiting toxicity (DLT), with the concentration at which ≤4 of 12 patients experienced toxicity considered the recommended dose.

Results: Nineteen patients were enrolled (level 0:5, level -1:14). Three of the five patients at level 0 experienced a DLT, which indicated that this dose was unfeasible. Three patients at level -1 developed a DLT of grade 3 non-hematological toxicity, which was soon resolved. Grade 3 or worse adverse events were experienced by all five patients at dose level 0 (diarrhea in 2, skin rash in 1, hypoxia in 1, and paronychia in 1), and by three patients at level -1 (diarrhea in 2 and anorexia in 1). Among 16 evaluable patients, 1 had a complete response, 12 had partial responses, and 0 had progressive disease.

Conclusion: Afatinib plus bevacizumab (level -1) was well tolerated and showed evidence of favorable disease control. This combination therapy may represent a potent therapeutic option for patients with EGFR-mutant NSCLC.
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January 2018

Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis concomitant with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, in a patient with epidermal growth factor receptor-mutated lung cancer.

Oncol Lett 2014 Dec 10;8(6):2489-2492. Epub 2014 Oct 10.

Department of Pulmonary Disease, Japanese Red Cross Okayama Hospital, Okayama 700-8607, Japan.

A 64-year-old woman presented with dizziness, after two weeks of experiencing symptoms. Chest computed tomography revealed a peripheral nodule in her left upper lobe, and brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) demonstrated the presence of multiple brain masses. The patient underwent whole-brain radiotherapy based on a tentative diagnosis of lung cancer with multiple brain metastases. The diagnosis was confirmed by endobronchial biopsy as T4N3M1b, stage IV lung adenocarcinoma with an epidermal growth factor receptor mutation. On the 31st day of hospitalization, the patient developed severe headache. Subsequent magnetic resonance venography revealed defects in the superior sagittal, right sigmoid, and right transverse venous sinuses and the right internal jugular vein. Anticoagulation therapy with unfractionated heparin and warfarin was immediately administered following diagnosis of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST). Brain MRI demonstrated leptomeningeal gadolinium enhancement in front of the pons and medulla. Positive cerebrospinal fluid tumor cytology confirmed the diagnosis of leptomeningeal carcinomatosis. Following four weeks of antithrombotic therapy, complete thrombolysis was confirmed by magnetic resonance venography. Effective treatment with gefitinib was administered, and the patient survived for 10 months after the diagnosis of CVST and leptomeningeal carcinomatosis. Adequate early diagnosis and treatment of CVST enabled an excellent survival rate for the patient, despite leptomeningeal carcinomatosis. Following the development of headaches in patients with lung cancer, CVST, although rare, should be considered. Furthermore, following a diagnosis of CVST, leptomeningeal carcinomatosis should be investigated as an underlying cause.
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December 2014