Sacituzumab Govitecan in Primary HER2-negative Breast Cancer (SASCIA)

  • End date
    Dec 1, 2028
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    German Breast Group
Updated on 28 April 2022
endocrine therapy
hormone therapy
axillary lymph node dissection
breast-conserving surgery
core needle biopsy
her2/neu-negative breast cancer
invasive carcinoma


Phase III, prospective, multi-center, randomized, open label, parallel group, study in patients with HER2-negative breast cancer with residual disease after neoadjuvant chemotherapy with 1:1 allocation to:

  • Arm A: Sacituzumab govitecan (days 1, 8 q3w for eight cycles);
  • Arm B: treatment of physician´s choice (TPC, defined as capecitabine or platinum-based chemotherapy for eight cycles or observation.

Treatment in either arm will be given for eight cycles.

In patients with HR-positive breast cancer, endocrine-based therapy will be administered according to local guidelines. The start of endocrine therapy will be at the discretion of the investigator; however, it will be encouraged to start after surgery/radiotherapy in patients without additional cytotoxic agents.


Neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) allows monitoring of tumor response to treatment and a pathological complete response (pCR) is associated with superior survival. This association is strongest in the most aggressive subtype, i.e. in patients with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Patients with TNBC not achieving a pCR have a 5-year event free survival rate of about 50%. , , The association between pCR and prognosis is less pronounced in HR-positive/HER2-negative patients. However, the CPS+EG scoring system for prognosis after neoadjuvant chemotherapy, taking into account clinical stage, post treatment pathological stage, estrogen receptor status and grade, leads to an improved estimate of prognosis allowing to select patients at high risk of relapse for post-neoadjuvant therapy. Patients with TNBC not achieving a pCR as well as those with HR-positive/HER2-negative tumors and a CPS+EG score of 3 or 2/ypN+ are at high risk of relapse, warranting additional experimental therapies after NACT.

There is proof of concept, that post-neoadjuvant therapy can significantly improve survival. First data was provided by the CREATE X trial, randomizing patients with residual tumor after neoadjuvant chemotherapy to either capecitabine or observation. CREATE X included HER2-negative patients and demonstrated a significant improvement in disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) in the overall population, which was confined to the TNBC subgroup.

Recently, the randomized post-neoadjuvant phase III KATHERINE study demonstrated an improved invasive disease-free survival in HER2-positive patients without pCR after trastuzumab +/- pertuzumab treated postoperatively with T-DM1, an antibody-drug-conjugate compared to trastuzumab.

Condition HER2-negative Breast Cancer, Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Treatment Capecitabine, cisplatin, carboplatin, Sacituzumab govitecan
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04595565
SponsorGerman Breast Group
Last Modified on28 April 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Written informed consent prior to beginning specific protocol procedures, including expected cooperation of the patients for the treatment and follow-up, must be obtained and documented according to the local regulatory requirements
Age at diagnosis at least 18 years
Willingness and ability to provide archived formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissue (FFPE) block from surgery after neoadjuvant chemotherapy and from core biopsy before start of neoadjuvant chemotherapy, which will be used for centralized prospective confirmation of HR status, HER2 status, Ki-67 and tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) and for retrospective exploratory correlation between genes, proteins, and mRNAs relevant to sensitivity/resistance to the investigational agents. For patients with bilateral carcinoma, FFPE blocks from both sides have to be provided for central testing
Histologically confirmed unilateral or bilateral primary invasive carcinoma of the breast, confirmed histologically by core biopsy. The lead tumor has to be defined by the investigator based on the inclusion criteria for the respective subtype and on the risk status
Centrally confirmed HER2-negative (IHC score 0-1 or FISH negative according to ASCO/CAP guideline) and either
HR-positive (≥1% positive stained cells) disease or
HR-negative (<1% positive stained cells) assessed preferably on tissue from postneoadjuvant residual invasive disease of the breast, or if not possible, of residual nodal invasion. If not evaluable, core of diagnostic biopsy will be used. In case of bilateral breast cancer, HER2-negative status has to be confirmed for both sides
Patients with residual invasive disease after neoadjuvant chemotherapy at high risk of
For HR-negative: any residual invasive disease > ypT1mi
recurrence defined by either
Germline BRCA1/2 mutated or wildtype/unknown
For HR-positive disease: a CPS+EG score ≥ 3 or CPS+EG score 2 and ypN+ using local ER and grade assessed on core biopsies taken before start of neoadjuvant treatment
Adequate surgical treatment including resection of clinically evident disease and ipsilateral axillary lymph node dissection. SNB before NACT is discouraged. Axillary dissection before NACT is not permitted. Axillary dissection is not required in patients with a negative sentinel-node biopsy before (pN0, pN+(mic)) or after (ypN0, ypN+(mic)) neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Histologic complete resection (R0) of all invasive and in situ tumors is required
Patients must have received neoadjuvant taxane-based chemotherapy for 16 weeks (anthracyclines are permitted). This period must include 6 weeks of a taxane containing neoadjuvant chemotherapy (exception: for patients with progressive disease that occurred after at least 6 weeks of taxane-containing neoadjuvant chemotherapy, a total treatment period of less than 16 weeks is also eligible)
No clinical evidence for locoregional or distant relapse during or after preoperative chemotherapy. Local progression during chemotherapy is not an exclusion criterion if adequate local control could be obtained
In case of local progression during neoadjuvant therapy, distant metastases must be excluded by adequate imaging (CT/MRI recommend) prior to entering the trial
Immune checkpoint inhibitor / immunotherapy during neoadjuvant therapy is allowed
An interval of less than 16 weeks since the date of final surgery or less than 10 weeks from completing radiotherapy (whichever occurs last) and the date of randomization is required
Radiotherapy should be delivered before the start of study treatment. Radiotherapy to the breast is indicated in all patients with breast conserving surgery and to the chest wall and lymph nodes according to local guidelines as well as in all patients with cT3/4 or ypN+ disease treated by mastectomy
Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status 0 or 1
Estimated life expectancy of at least 5 years irrespective of the diagnosis of breast cancer
Resolution of all acute toxic effects of prior anti-cancer therapy or surgical procedure or radiotherapy to NCI CTCAE v 5.0 grade ≤ 1 (except alopecia or other toxicities not considered a safety risk for the patients at the investigator´s discretion)
The patient must be accessible for scheduled visits, treatment and follow-up
Normal cardiac function after neoadjuvant chemotherapy must be confirmed according to local guidelines. Results for LVEF must be above the normal limit of the institution
Laboratory requirements
Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) ≥1.5 x 109 / L
Platelets ≥100 x 109 / L
Hemoglobin ≥10 g/dL (≥6.2 mmol/L) Hepatic function
Total bilirubin <1.25x UNL
AST and ALT ≤1.5x UNL
Alkaline phosphatase ≤2.5x UNL Renal Function
<1.25x ULN creatinine or creatinine clearance ≥30 ml/min (according to Cockroft-Gault, if creatinine is above UNL)
Negative pregnancy test (urine or serum) within 14 days prior to randomization for all
women of childbearing potential. A woman is considered to be of childbearing
potential if she is not postmenopausal. Postmenopausal is defined as
Age ≥60 years
Age <60 years and ≥12 continuous months of amenorrhea with no identified cause other than menopause
Surgical sterilization (bilateral oophorectomy and/or hysterectomy)
For women of childbearing potential and males with partners of childbearing potential
agreement to remain abstinent (refrain from heterosexual intercourse) or use
contraceptive methods that result in a failure rate of < 1% per year during
the treatment period and for at least 6 months after the last dose of
sacituzumab govitecan for female patients and for at least 3 months for male
patients; for at least 6 months after the last dose of capecitabine or
carboplatin/cisplatin for female patients and for at least 3 months after the
last dose of capecitabine or 6 months after the last dose of
carboplatin/cisplatin for male patients. Examples of non-hormonal
contraceptive methods with a failure rate of < 1% per year include: bilateral
tubal ligation; male partner sterilization; intrauterine devices
Complete staging work-up prior to the initiation of neoadjuvant chemotherapy

Exclusion Criteria

Known hypersensitivity reaction to one of the compounds or substances used in this protocol
Patients with definitive clinical or radiologic evidence of stage IV cancer (metastatic disease) are not eligible
Patients with a history of any malignancy are ineligible with the following
Patient has been disease-free for at least 5 years and is at low risk for recurrence of that malignancy
CIS of the cervix, basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas of the skin
Known or suspected congestive heart failure (>NYHA I) and/or coronary heart disease, angina pectoris requiring antianginal medication, previous history of myocardial infarction, evidence of prior infarction on ECG, uncontrolled or poorly controlled arterial hypertension (i.e. BP >150/90 mmHg under treatment with at maximum three antihypertensive drugs), rhythm abnormalities requiring permanent treatment (excluding chronic atrial fibrillation not requiring a pacemaker), clinically significant valvular heart disease, supraventricular and nodal arrhythmias requiring a pacemaker or not controlled with medication;conduction abnormality requiring a pacemaker
History of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, organizing pneumonia (e.g. bronchiolitis obliterans), drug-induced pneumonitis, idiopathic pneumonitis or active pneumonitis on chest CT scan
Receipt of live attenuated vaccination within 30 days prior to study entry or within 30 days of receiving chemotherapy
History of significant neurological or psychiatric disorders including psychotic disorders, dementia or seizures that would prohibit the understanding and giving of informed consent
Any condition that, in the opinion of the investigator, would interfere with evaluation of study treatment or interpretation of patient safety or study results
Known allergic reactions to irinotecan
Concurrent treatment with
Chronic corticosteroids prior to study entry with the exceptions of intranasal and inhaled corticosteroids or systemic corticosteroids at physiological doses, which are not to exceed 10 mg/day of prednisone, or equivalent corticosteroid
Female patients: pregnancy or lactation at the time of randomization or intention to
become pregnant during the study and up to 6 months after sacituzumab
govitecan and up to 6 months after treatment with capecitabine or
Severe and relevant co-morbidity that would interact with the application of cytotoxic agents or the participation in the study, including Gilbert´s disease, Crigler-Najjar-Syndrome, known hepatitis B, hepatitis C, known HIV positivity or known autoimmune disease (other than diabetes, vitiligo, or stable thyroid disease) and infection requiring intravenous antibiotic use within 1 week of enrolment
Any condition that interferes with the safe administration of the treatment of physician´s choice in case the patient is randomized into the TPC arm
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