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BACKGROUND: Berzosertib (M6620) is a highly potent (IC50  =  19 nM) and selective, first-in-class ataxia telangiectasia-mutated and Rad3-related protein kinase (ATR) inhibitor. This trial assessed the safety, preliminary efficacy, and tolerance of berzosertib in oesophageal cancer (A1 cohort) with RT and advanced solid tumours (A2 cohort) with cisplatin and capecitabine. METHODS: Single-arm, open-label dose-escalation (Time-to-Event Continual Reassessment Method) trial with 16 patients in A1 and 18 in A2. A1 tested six dose levels of berzosertib with RT (35 Gy over 15 fractions in 3 weeks). RESULTS: No dose-limiting toxicities (DLTs) in A1. Eight grade 3 treatment-related AEs occurred in five patients, with rash being the most common. The highest dose (240 mg/m2) was determined as the recommended phase II dose (RP2D) for A1. Seven DLTs in two patients in A2. The RP2D of berzosertib was 140 mg/m2 once weekly. The most common grade ≥3 treatment-related AEs were neutropenia and thrombocytopenia. No treatment-related deaths were reported. CONCLUSIONS: Berzosertib combined with RT is feasible and well tolerated in oesophageal cancer patients at high palliative doses. Berzosertib with cisplatin and capecitabine was well tolerated in advanced cancer. Further investigation is warranted in a phase 2 setting. CLINICAL TRIALS IDENTIFIER: EU Clinical Trials Register (EudraCT) - 2015-003965-27 - NCT03641547.

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Journal article


Br J Cancer

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467 - 475


Humans, Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols, Capecitabine, Chemoradiotherapy, Cisplatin, Esophageal Neoplasms, Isoxazoles, Maximum Tolerated Dose, Pyrazines