Encorafenib, binimetinib, and cetuximab in BRAF V600E–mutated colorectal cancer

Scott Kopetz, Axel Grothey, Rona Yaeger, Eric Van Cutsem, Jayesh Desai, Takayuki Yoshino, Harpreet Wasan, Fortunato Ciardiello, Fotios Loupakis, Yong Sang Hong, Neeltje Steeghs, Tormod K. Guren, Hendrik Tobias Arkenau, Pilar Garcia-Alfonso, Per Pfeiffer, Sergey Orlov, Sara Lonardi, Elena Elez, Tae Won Kim, Jan H.M. SchellensChristina Guo, Asha Krishnan, Jeroen Dekervel, Van Morris, Aitana Calvo Ferrandiz, L. S. Tarpgaard, Michael Braun, Ashwin Gollerkeri, Christopher Keir, Kati Maharry, Michael Pickard, Janna Christy-Bittel, Lisa Anderson, Victor Sandor, Josep Tabernero*

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Patients with metastatic colorectal cancer with the BRAF V600E mutation have a poor prognosis, with a median overall survival of 4 to 6 months after failure of initial therapy. Inhibition of BRAF alone has limited activity because of pathway reactivation through epidermal growth factor receptor signaling. METHODS In this open-label, phase 3 trial, we enrolled 665 patients with BRAF V600E–mutated metastatic colorectal cancer who had had disease progression after one or two previous regimens. Patients were randomly assigned in a 1:1:1 ratio to receive encorafenib, binimetinib, and cetuximab (triplet-therapy group); encorafenib and cetuximab (doublet-therapy group); or the investigators’ choice of either cetuximab and irinotecan or cetuximab and FOLFIRI (folinic acid, fluorouracil, and irinotecan) (control group). The primary end points were overall survival and objective response rate in the triplet-therapy group as compared with the control group. A secondary end point was overall survival in the doublet-therapy group as compared with the control group. We report here the results of a prespecified interim analysis. RESULTS The median overall survival was 9.0 months in the triplet-therapy group and 5.4 months in the control group (hazard ratio for death, 0.52; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.39 to 0.70; P<0.001). The confirmed response rate was 26% (95% CI, 18 to 35) in the triplet-therapy group and 2% (95% CI, 0 to 7) in the control group (P<0.001). The median overall survival in the doublet-therapy group was 8.4 months (hazard ratio for death vs. control, 0.60; 95% CI, 0.45 to 0.79; P<0.001). Adverse events of grade 3 or higher occurred in 58% of patients in the triplet-therapy group, in 50% in the doublet-therapy group, and in 61% in the control group. CONCLUSIONS A combination of encorafenib, cetuximab, and binimetinib resulted in significantly longer overall survival and a higher response rate than standard therapy in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer with the BRAF V600E mutation. (Funded by Array BioPharma and others; BEACON CRC ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT02928224; EudraCT number, 2015-005805-35.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number17
Pages (from-to)1632-1643
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 24. Oct 2019


  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols/adverse effects
  • Benzimidazoles/administration & dosage
  • Carbamates/administration & dosage
  • Cetuximab/administration & dosage
  • Colorectal Neoplasms/drug therapy
  • Disease Progression
  • Electrocorticography
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intention to Treat Analysis
  • Irinotecan/therapeutic use
  • Kaplan-Meier Estimate
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mutation
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins B-raf/genetics
  • Sulfonamides/administration & dosage
  • Survival Analysis


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