Phase II Study of Bevacizumab and Vorinostat for Patients with Recurrent World Health Organization Grade 4 Malignant Glioma

  1. Katherine B. Peters (katherine.peters{at}*,c
  1. aUniversity of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
  2. bDana‐Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  3. cDuke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, USA
  1. *Correspondence: Katherine B. Peters, M.D., Ph.D., Duke University Medical Center, DUMC 3624, Durham, North Carolina 27710, USA. Telephone: 919‐684‐5301; e‐mail: katherine.peters{at}
  • Received September 29, 2017.
  • Accepted September 29, 2017.
  • Published online before print November 13, 2017.


Lessons Learned.

  • Combination regimen with bevacizumab (BEV) and vorinostat is well tolerated in patients with recurrent glioblastoma.

  • Treatment of recurrent glioblastoma remains challenging as this study and others attempt to improve progression‐free survival and overall survival with BEV‐containing regimens.


Recurrent glioblastoma (GBM; World Health Organization grade 4) continues to have a very poor prognosis. Bevacizumab (BEV) has been shown to improve progression‐free survival (PFS) in recurrent GBM and is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of recurrent GBM. Combination regimens have been explored, and in this phase II nonrandomized trial, we evaluated the efficacy of BEV combined with histone deacetylase inhibitor vorinostat (VOR) in recurrent GBM.

Materials and Methods.

In this phase II, single‐center, nonrandomized study, subjects with recurrent GBM received BEV 10 mg/kg intravenously (IV) every 2 weeks combined with VOR 400 mg p.o. daily for 7 days on, 7 days off, in a 28‐day cycle. The primary endpoint was 6‐month PFS (PFS6).


Forty patients with recurrent GBM were enrolled and evaluated. PFS6 was 30.0% (95% confidence interval [CI] 16.8%–44.4%). Median overall survival (OS) was 10.4 months (95% CI 7.6–12.8 months). Overall radiographic response rate was 22.5% based on 9 partial responses. The most common grade 2 and above treatment‐related adverse events were lymphopenia (55%), leukopenia (45%), neutropenia (35%), and hypertension (33%). Grade 4 adverse events were leukopenia (3%), neutropenia (3%), sinus bradycardia (3%), and venous thromboembolism (3%). Two deaths occurred in this study, with one due to tumor progression and another possibly related as death not otherwise specified.


Combination treatment of BEV and VOR was well tolerated. This combination therapy for this study population did not improve PFS6 or median OS when compared with BEV monotherapy.


  • Identifier:

    Sponsors: Merck, Sharp, and Dohme, Corp.; Genentech, Inc.

    Principal Investigator: Katherine B. Peters

    IRB Approved: Yes

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  1. The Oncologist vol. 23 no. 2 157-e21
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