Long-term outcomes with frontline nilotinib versus imatinib in newly diagnosed chronic myeloid leukemia in chronic phase: ENESTnd 10-year analysis

Hagop M. Kantarjian, Timothy P. Hughes, Richard A. Larson, Dong Wook Kim, Surapol Issaragrisil, Philipp le Coutre, Gabriel Etienne, Carla Boquimpani, Ricardo Pasquini, Richard E. Clark, Viviane Dubruille, Ian W. Flinn, Slawomira Kyrcz-Krzemien, Ewa Medras, Maria Zanichelli, Israel Bendit, Silvia Cacciatore, Ksenia Titorenko, Paola Aimone, Giuseppe SaglioAndreas Hochhaus

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In the ENESTnd study, with ≥10 years follow-up in patients with newly diagnosed chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in chronic phase, nilotinib demonstrated higher cumulative molecular response rates, lower rates of disease progression and CML-related death, and increased eligibility for treatment-free remission (TFR). Cumulative 10-year rates of MMR and MR4.5 were higher with nilotinib (300 mg twice daily [BID], 77.7% and 61.0%, respectively; 400 mg BID, 79.7% and 61.2%, respectively) than with imatinib (400 mg once daily [QD], 62.5% and 39.2%, respectively). Cumulative rates of TFR eligibility at 10 years were higher with nilotinib (300 mg BID, 48.6%; 400 mg BID, 47.3%) vs imatinib (29.7%). Estimated 10-year overall survival rates in nilotinib and imatinib arms were 87.6%, 90.3%, and 88.3%, respectively. Overall frequency of adverse events was similar with nilotinib and imatinib. By 10 years, higher cumulative rates of cardiovascular events were reported with nilotinib (300 mg BID, 16.5%; 400 mg BID, 23.5%) vs imatinib (3.6%), including in Framingham low-risk patients. Overall efficacy and safety results support the use of nilotinib 300 mg BID as frontline therapy for optimal long-term outcomes, especially in patients aiming for TFR. The benefit-risk profile in context of individual treatment goals should be carefully assessed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)440-453
Number of pages14
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished or Issued - Feb 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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