ProTarget: a Danish Nationwide Clinical Trial on Targeted Cancer Treatment based on genomic profiling – a national, phase 2, prospective, multi-drug, non-randomized, open-label basket trial

Tina Kringelbach, Martin Højgaard, Kristoffer Rohrberg, Iben Spanggaard, Britt Elmedal Laursen, Morten Ladekarl, Charlotte Aaquist Haslund, Laurine Harsløf, Laila Belcaid, Julie Gehl, Lise Søndergaard, Rikke Løvendahl Eefsen, Karin Holmskov Hansen, Annette Raskov Kodahl, Lars Henrik Jensen, Marianne Ingerslev Holt, Trine Heide Oellegaard, Christina Westmose Yde, Lise Barlebo Ahlborn, Ulrik Lassen*

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BACKGROUND: An increasing number of trials indicate that treatment outcomes in cancer patients with metastatic disease are improved when targeted treatments are matched with druggable genomic alterations in individual patients (pts). An estimated 30-80% of advanced solid tumors harbor actionable genomic alterations. However, the efficacy of personalized cancer treatment is still scarcely investigated in larger, controlled trials due to the low frequency and heterogenous distribution of druggable alterations among different histologic tumor types. Therefore, the overall effect of targeted cancer treatment on clinical outcomes still needs investigation.

STUDY DESIGN/METHODS: ProTarget is a national, non-randomized, multi-drug, open-label, pan-cancer phase 2 trial aiming to investigate the anti-tumor activity and toxicity of currently 13 commercially available, EMA-approved targeted therapies outside the labeled indication for treatment of advanced malignant diseases, harboring specific actionable genomic alterations. The trial involves the Danish National Molecular Tumor Board for confirmation of drug-variant matches. Key inclusion criteria include a) measurable disease (RECIST v.1.1), b) ECOG performance status 0-2, and c) an actionable genomic alteration matching one of the study drugs. Key exclusion criteria include a) cancer type within the EMA-approved label of the selected drug, and b) genomic alterations known to confer drug resistance. Initial drug dose, schedule and dose modifications are according to the EMA-approved label. The primary endpoint is objective response or stable disease at 16 weeks. Pts are assigned to cohorts defined by the selected drug, genomic alteration, and tumor histology type. Cohorts are monitored according to a Simon's two-stage-based design. Response is assessed every 8 weeks for the first 24 weeks, then every 12 weeks. The trial is designed similar to the Dutch DRUP and the ASCO TAPUR trials and is a partner in the Nordic Precision Cancer Medicine Trial Network. In ProTarget, serial fresh tumor and liquid biopsies are mandatory and collected for extensive translational research including whole genome sequencing, array analysis, and RNA sequencing.

DISCUSSION: The ProTarget trial will identify new predictive biomarkers for targeted treatments and provide new data and essential insights in molecular pathways involved in e.g., resistance mechanisms and thereby potentially evolve and expand the personalized cancer treatment strategy.


TRIAL REGISTRATION: Identifier: NCT04341181. Secondary Identifying No: ML41742. EudraCT No: 2019-004771-40.

Original languageEnglish
Article number182
JournalBMC Cancer
Issue number1
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2023

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  • Cancer genetics
  • Cancer immunotherapy
  • Clinical trials
  • Precision oncology
  • Targeted therapies
  • Tumor-agnostic therapy
  • Neoplasms/pathology
  • Prospective Studies
  • Humans
  • Genomics
  • Denmark
  • Treatment Outcome


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