Crizotinib and surgery for long-term disease control in children and adolescents with ALK-positive inflammatory myofibroblastic tumors

Toby Trahair*, Andrew J. Gifford, Ashleigh Fordham, Chelsea Mayoh, Mitali Fadia, Robyn Lukeis, Andrew C. Wood, Santosh Valvi, Roderick D. Walker, James Blackburn, Erin E. Heyer, Tim R. Mercer, Draga Barbaric, Glenn M. Marshall, Karen L. MacKenzie

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PURPOSE Before anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) inhibitors, treatment options for ALK-positive inflammatory myofibroblastic tumors (AP-IMTs) were unsatisfactory. We retrospectively analyzed the outcome of patients with AP-IMT treated with crizotinib to document response, toxicity, survival, and features associated with relapse. METHODS The cohort comprised eight patients with AP-IMT treated with crizotinib and surgery. Outcome measures were progression-free and overall survival after commencing crizotinib, treatment-related toxicities, features associated with relapse, outcome after relapse, and outcome after ceasing crizotinib. RESULTS The median follow-up after commencing crizotinib was 3 years (range, 0.9 to 5.5 years). The major toxicity was neutropenia. All patients responded to crizotinib. Five were able to discontinue therapy without recurrence (median treatment duration, 1 year; range, 0.2 to 3.0 years); one continues on crizotinib. Two critically ill patients with initial complete response experienced relapse while on therapy. Both harbored RANBP2-ALK fusions and responded to alternative ALK inhibitors; one ultimately died as a result of progressive disease, whereas the other remains alive on treatment. Progression-free and overall survival since commencement of crizotinib is 0.75 6 0.15% and 0.83 6 0.15%, respectively. CONCLUSION We confirm acceptable toxicity and excellent disease control in patients with AP-IMT treated with crizotinib, which may be ceased without recurrence in most. Relapses occurred in two of three patients with RANBP2-ALK translocated IMT, which suggests that such patients require additional therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJCO Precision Oncology
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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