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In GIST, KIT inhibitor may be of benefit in all post-imatinib lines of therapy

George S et al. ASCO 2018. Abstract 11511.

Key clinical point: Circulating tumor DNA can be used for mutational profiling and responses assessment in patients with advanced imatinib-resistant GIST. Identification of ctDNA by next-generation sequencing was accomplished in the majority of patients, with findings that support the need for a broad-spectrum KIT inhibitor for patients with GIST resistant to imatinib (Gleevec).

Major finding: Of 73 patients with detectable KIT mutations by ctDNA at baseline, 35 became KIT ctDNA negative during at least one treatment time point.

Study details: Subanalyses from a phase 1 trial of the investigational agent DCC-2618, a pan-KIT/platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha (PDGFRA) switch control inhibitor.

Disclosures: The trial is supported by Deciphera Pharmaceuticals. Dr. George disclosed stock or other ownership in Abbott Laboratories and Abbvie, consulting/advising for AstraZenece, Blueprint Medicines, and Deciphera, and institutional research funding from Ariad, Bayer, Blueprint Medicine, Deciphera, Novartis, and Pfizer.

Source: George S et al. ASCO 2018. Abstract 11511.


George S et al. ASCO 2018. Abstract 11511.