Phase II trial of second-line everolimus in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RECORD-4)†

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RECORD-1 demonstrated clinical benefit of everolimus in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) previously treated with sunitinib, sorafenib, or both; prior treatment with cytokines, bevacizumab, and chemotherapy was also permitted. RECORD-4 prospectively assessed everolimus in a purely second-line setting.


Patients with clear-cell mRCC were enrolled into one of three cohorts based on first-line therapy with sunitinib, other anti-VEGF agents, or cytokines. Patients were treated with everolimus 10 mg/day until progression (RECIST, v1.0) or intolerance. The primary end point was progression-free survival (PFS) per investigator review. Data cutoff was 1 September 2014, for the primary analysis and 26 June 2015, for the final overall survival (OS) analysis.


Enrolled patients (N = 134) previously received sunitinib (n = 58), other anti-VEGF therapy (n = 62; sorafenib, 23; bevacizumab, 16; pazopanib, 13; tivozanib, 5; and axitinib, 3), or cytokines (n = 14). Overall median age was 59 years, and most patients were men (68%) and of favorable/intermediate MSKCC risk (52/37%). Overall median PFS was 7.8 months [95% confidence interval (CI) 5.7–11.0]; in the cohorts, it was 5.7 months (95% CI 3.7–11.3) with previous sunitinib, 7.8 months (95% CI 5.7–11.0) with other previous anti-VEGF therapy, and 12.9 months [95% CI 2.6–not estimable (NE)] with previous cytokines. Overall, 67% of patients achieved stable disease as their best objective response. At final OS analysis, total median OS was 23.8 months (95% CI 17.0–NE) and, in the cohorts, it was 23.8 months (95% CI 13.7–NE) with previous sunitinib, 17.2 months (95% CI 11.9–NE) with other previous anti-VEGF therapy, and NE (95% CI 15.9–NE) with previous cytokine-based therapy. Overall, 56% of patients experienced grade 3 or 4 adverse events (regardless of relationship to study drug).


These results confirm the PFS benefit of second-line everolimus after first-line sunitinib or other anti-VEGF therapies. The safety profile of everolimus was consistent with previous experience.

Clinical trial name and identifier

Everolimus as Second-line Therapy in Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma (RECORD-4), identifier, NCT01491672.

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