NCT01120184 (Marianne Trial)

Study Title
A Study of Trastuzumab Emtansine (T-DM1) Plus Pertuzumab/Pertuzumab Placebo Versus Trastuzumab Plus a Taxane in Patients With Metastatic Breast Cancer (MARIANNE) (NCT01120184)

Trial description
This randomized, 3-arm, multicentre, phase III study will evaluate the efficacy and safety of trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1) with pertuzumab or trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1) with pertuzumab-placebo (blinded for pertuzumab), versus the combination of trastuzumab (Herceptin) plus taxane (docetaxel or paclitaxel) in patients with HER2-positive progressive or recurrent locally advanced or previously untreated metastatic breast cancer. Patients will be randomized to 1 of 3 treatment arms (Arms A, B or C). Arm A will be open-label, whereas Arms B and C will be blinded. This trial is sponsored by Roche/Genetech.

Study data

  • Condition: Breast Cancer
  • Interventions:
    • Drugs used in this trial
      • Docetaxel (Taxotere®; Sanofi)
      • Paclitaxel (Taxol®; BMS/Bristol-Myers Squibb Company)
      • Pertuzumab (Perjeta®; Genentech/Roche);
      • Pertuzumab-placebo;
      • Trastuzumab (Herceptin®; Genentech/Roche);
      • Ado-trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1; Kadcyla®; Genentech/Roche)
  • Phase: III
  • Enrollment: 1.095
  • Start: July 2010
  • Estimated Completion: February 2016
  • Last verified: January 2015

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Trial Results
This study is ongoing. However, interim results presented during the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology revealed that the study met the PFS non-inferiority end point, but not the superiority end point. OS was similar across all treatment arms.[2]

PFS was 13.7 months in the standard treatment group, 14.1 in the ado-trastuzumab emtansine alone group, and 15.2 in the group treated with ado-trastuzumab emtansine + pertuzumab.

The ado-trastuzumab emtansine containing groups did see an overall lower percentage of grade 3-5 adverse events when compared to the standard treatment group. The percentage of these adverse events was lower in the ado-trastuzumab emtansine alone group and the ado-trastuzumab emtansine + pertuzumab group by 8.7% and 7.9%, respectively. Neutropenia, the most common adverse event in all groups, was 19.8% in the standard treatment group, 4.4% in the ado-trastuzumab emtansine alone group, and 2.7% in the ado-trastuzumab emtansine+ pertuzumab group. However, the researchers noted that some adverse events such as thrombocytopenia and anemia were higher in the ado-trastuzumab emtansine containing groups.


Last Editorial review: June 29, 2015
Information based on ClinicalTrials.gov (NIH/NCI) and other sources.