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Randomized trial of TAS-102 for refractory metastatic colorectal cancer.

Robert J Mayer, Eric Van Cutsem, Alfredo Falcone, Takayuki Yoshino, Rocio Garcia-Carbonero, Nobuyuki Mizunuma, Kentaro Yamazaki, Yasuhiro Shimada, Josep Tabernero, Yoshito Komatsu, Alberto Sobrero, Eveline Boucher, Marc Peeters, Ben Tran, Heinz-Josef Lenz, Alberto Zaniboni, Howard Hochster, James M Cleary, Hans Prenen, Fabio Benedetti Show all

New England Journal of Medicine | Published : 2015


BACKGROUND: Early clinical trials conducted primarily in Japan have shown that TAS-102, an oral agent that combines trifluridine and tipiracil hydrochloride, was effective in the treatment of refractory colorectal cancer. We conducted a phase 3 trial to further assess the efficacy and safety of TAS-102 in a global population of such patients. METHODS: In this double-blind study, we randomly assigned 800 patients, in a 2:1 ratio, to receive TAS-102 or placebo. The primary end point was overall survival. RESULTS: The median overall survival improved from 5.3 months with placebo to 7.1 months with TAS-102, and the hazard ratio for death in the TAS-102 group versus the placebo group was 0.68 (95..

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