First Line Sorafenib Treatment for Metastatic Medullary Thyroid Cancer: Efficacy and Safety Analysis

Judit Kocsis, Éva Szekanecz, Ali Bassam, Andrea Uhlyarik, Zsuzsanna Pápai, Gábor Rubovszky, Emese Mezå'Si, Károly Rucz, Ildikó Garai, Endre Nagy, Iván Uray, Zsolt Horváth

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Background Medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) is a rare disease, the prognosis of advanced and metastatic disease is poor and few therapeutic options are available in this setting. Based on the results of phase II and III studies with sorafenib in differentiated thyroid cancer and the lack of availability of registered tyrosine kinase inhibitors, vandetabin and cabozantinib in Hungary, we designed a uncontrolled, prospective efficacy and safety study of patients with metastatic MTC treated with first-line sorafenib in five Hungarian oncology centers. Methods Ten consecutive patients with progressive or symptomatic metastatic MTC were included and started sorafenib 400 mg twice a day between June 2012 and March 2016. The primary end point was median progression-free survival (mPFS). Secondary endpoints included disease control rate, biochemical response, symptomatic response and toxicity. Results Four patients achieved partial remission (40%) according to RECIST 1.1 evaluation. Five patients had stable disease beyond 12 months (50%) and one patient had progressive disease (10%). Median PFS was 19.1 months. The disease control rate was 90%. Association between radiologic response and biochemical or symptomatic response was inconsistent. Most common side effects were Grade 1-2 fatigue (60%), palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia, rash/dermatitis 50-50%, alopecia 40%. Conclusions In our prospective case series in patients with MTC first-line sorafenib showed at least similar efficacy as in other small phase II trials and case reports. Based on comparable efficacy with registered tyrosine kinase inhibitors and it's manageable toxicity profile, we believe that sorafenib has role in the sequential treatment of MTC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-246
Number of pages7
JournalExperimental and Clinical Endocrinology and Diabetes
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Mar 5 2019



  • first-line
  • medullary thyroid cancer
  • progression free survival
  • safety
  • sorafenib

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology

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