Purpose: Fluoropyrimidines are frequently prescribed anticancer drugs. A polymorphism in the fluoropyrimidine metabolizing enzyme dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD; ie, DPYD∗2A) is strongly associated with fluoropyrimidine-induced severe and life-threatening toxicity. This study determined the feasibility, safety, and cost of DPYD∗2A genotype-guided dosing.
Patients and Methods: Patients intended to be treated with fluoropyrimidine-based chemotherapy were prospectively genotyped for DPYD∗2A before start of therapy. Variant allele carriers received an initial dose reduction of ≥ 50% followed by dose titration based on tolerance. Toxicity was the primary end point and was compared with historical controls (ie, DPYD∗2A variant allele carriers receiving standard dose described in literature) and with DPYD∗2A wild-type patients treated with the standard dose in this study. Secondary end points included a model-based cost analysis, as well as pharmacokinetic and DPD enzyme activity analyses.
Results: A total of 2,038 patients were prospectively screened for DPYD∗2A, of whom 22 (1.1%) were heterozygous polymorphic. DPYD∗2A variant allele carriers were treated with a median dose-intensity of 48% (range, 17% to 91%). The risk of grade ≥ 3 toxicity was thereby significantly reduced from 73% (95% CI<58% to 85%) in historical controls (n = 48) to 28% (95% CI, 10% to 53%) by genotype-guided dosing (P < .001); drug-induced death was reduced from 10% to 0%. Adequate treatment of genotype-guided dosing was further demonstrated by a similar incidence of grade ≥ 3 toxicity compared with wild-type patients receiving the standard dose (23%; P = .64) and by similar systemic fluorouracil (active drug) exposure. Furthermore, average total treatment cost per patient was lower for screening (€2,772 [$3,767]) than for nonscreening (€2,817 [$3,828]), outweighing screening costs.
Conclusion: DPYD∗2A is strongly associated with fluoropyrimidine-induced severe and life-threatening toxicity. DPYD∗2A genotype-guided dosing results in adequate systemic drug exposure and significantly improves safety of fluoropyrimidine therapy for the individual patient. On a population level, upfront genotyping seemed cost saving.

doi.org/10.1200/JCO.2015.63.1325, hdl.handle.net/1765/81856
Journal of Clinical Oncology
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Deenen, M.J, Meulendijks, D, Cats, A, Sechterberger, M.K, Severens, J.L, Boot, H, … Schellens, J.H.M. (2016). Upfront genotyping of DPYD∗2A to individualize fluoropyrimidine therapy: A safety and cost analysis. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 34(3), 227–234. doi:10.1200/JCO.2015.63.1325