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N Engl J Med. 2019 Feb 21;380(8):741-751. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1814213.

Sacituzumab Govitecan-hziy in Refractory Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer.

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From the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center (A.B., S.J.I.) and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (S.M.T.), Harvard Medical School, Boston; Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville (I.A.M., V.G.A.); Weill Cornell Medical College (L.T.V.) and New York-Presbyterian-Columbia University Irving Medical Center (K.K.), New York; University of Colorado Cancer Center, Aurora (J.R.D.); Texas Oncology, Baylor University Medical Center, US Oncology, Dallas (J.O.); Orlando Health University of Florida Health Cancer Center, Orlando (R.L.M., N.C.S.); Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT (A.D.S.); University of California, San Francisco, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, San Francisco (H.S.R.); Immunomedics, Morris Plains, NJ (D.M.G., R.I., S.W., R.M.S., W.A.W.); and AIS Consulting, Ann Arbor, MI (A.M.S.).



Standard chemotherapy is associated with low response rates and short progression-free survival among patients with pretreated metastatic triple-negative breast cancer. Sacituzumab govitecan-hziy is an antibody-drug conjugate that combines a humanized monoclonal antibody, which targets the human trophoblast cell-surface antigen 2 (Trop-2), with SN-38, which is conjugated to the antibody by a cleavable linker. Sacituzumab govitecan-hziy enables delivery of high concentrations of SN-38 to tumors.


We conducted a phase 1/2 single-group, multicenter trial involving patients with advanced epithelial cancers who received sacituzumab govitecan-hziy intravenously on days 1 and 8 of each 21-day cycle until disease progression or unacceptable toxic effects. A total of 108 patients received sacituzumab govitecan-hziy at a dose of 10 mg per kilogram of body weight after receiving at least two previous anticancer therapies for metastatic triple-negative breast cancer. The end points included safety; the objective response rate (according to Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors, version 1.1), which was assessed locally; the duration of response; the clinical benefit rate (defined as a complete or partial response or stable disease for at least 6 months); progression-free survival; and overall survival. Post hoc analyses determined the response rate and duration, which were assessed by blinded independent central review.


The 108 patients with triple-negative breast cancer had received a median of 3 previous therapies (range, 2 to 10). Four deaths occurred during treatment; 3 patients (2.8%) discontinued treatment because of adverse events. Grade 3 or 4 adverse events (in ≥10% of the patients) included anemia and neutropenia; 10 patients (9.3%) had febrile neutropenia. The response rate (3 complete and 33 partial responses) was 33.3% (95% confidence interval [CI], 24.6 to 43.1), and the median duration of response was 7.7 months (95% CI, 4.9 to 10.8); as assessed by independent central review, these values were 34.3% and 9.1 months, respectively. The clinical benefit rate was 45.4%. Median progression-free survival was 5.5 months (95% CI, 4.1 to 6.3), and overall survival was 13.0 months (95% CI, 11.2 to 13.7).


Sacituzumab govitecan-hziy was associated with durable objective responses in patients with heavily pretreated metastatic triple-negative breast cancer. Myelotoxic effects were the main adverse reactions. (Funded by Immunomedics; IMMU-132-01 number, NCT01631552.).

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