ASCO: Lorlatinib

A phase II study of lorlatinib in patients (pts) with ALK-positive (ALK+) lung cancer with brain-only progression

Abstract No : 9595

Abstract Type : Poster Session

Indication : ALK+ NSCLC

Intervention : Lorlatinib

Company : Pfizer

Technology : Small molecule


Results: Of the 22 pts enrolled, 21 (95%) had progressed on a 2nd-gen ALK TKI and 14 (64%) had previously received CNS radiation (median 21.1 months between radiation and lorlatinib). Median number of prior ALK TKIs was 2 (range 1-4). As of the data cutoff of 12/15/19, median follow-up was 14 months. At 12 weeks, the IC-DCR was 95%, including 8 pts with stable disease. Best IC ORR was 59% with 6 complete and 7 partial responses. Nine (41%) pts relapsed on study, including 3 IC-only, 5 EC-only, and 1 combined relapse. Four pts continued treatment beyond EC-only progression. Although median IC DOR and PFS were not estimable due to few progression events, the IC progression-free rate at 12 months was 81% (95% CI:53%-94%). Twelve pts have discontinued study treatment due to progression (n = 6), edema (n = 1), pulmonary hypertension (n = 1), or transition to commercial lorlatinib (n = 4)


Lorlatinib induces durable intracranial responses in pts with CNS-only progression on 2nd-gen ALK TKIs, suggesting that CNS-specific relapses are primarily driven by ALK-dependent mechanisms. Further studies are needed to characterize the molecular basis of sensitivity to lorlatinib in this unique subgroup of pts with ALK+ lung cancer.


Findings support the potentail usage of lorlatinib in inducing durable intracranial responses in pts with CNS-only progression on 2nd-gen ALK TKIs