Randomized, Double-Blind, Phase III Trial Olaparib vs. Placebo Patients With Advanced FIGO Stage IIIB-IV High Grade Serious or Endometrioid Ovarian, Fallopian Tube, or Peritoneal Cancer Treated Standard First-Line Treatment

Trial ID # NCT02477644; PAOLA-1
Phase III
Drug Class DNA Damage Repair Pathway Inhibitors: PARP
Drug Name Olaparib
Alternate Drug Names Lynparza, AZD2281
Drugs in Trial Bevacizumab, Carboplatin, Olaparib, Paclitaxel
Eligible Participant

Stage III or IV, high grade serous or endometrioid, with CR or PR after first-line chemotherapy+bevacizumab

Patients Enrolled


Therapy Setting


Study Design

Double Blind, Randomized


PFS, evaluated per RECIST


Exploratory: BRCA status, HRD status


Ola (n=537) vs Placebo (n=269):

All patients:
PFS: 22.1 vs 16.6 months, HR: 0.59 (0.49-0.72, p<0.001)

Exploratory analyses:
BRCA MUT (n=237): PFS: 37.2 vs 21.7 months, HR: 0.31 (0.20-0.47)
HRD+ (incl. BRCA MUT) (n=387): PFS: 37.2 vs 17.1 months, HR: 0.33 (0.25-0.45)
HRD+ (excl. BRCA MUT) (n=152): PFS: 28.1 vs 16.6 months, HR: 0.43 (0.28-0.66)
non-BRCA MUT (n=569): PFS: 18.9 vs 16.0 months,  HR: 0.71 (0.58-0.88)
HRD- (n=419): PFS: 16.9 vs 16.0 months, HR: 0.92 (0.72-1.17)
Upfront surgery and no residual disease (n=245): PFS: 39.3 vs 22.1 months, HR: 0.47 (0.29-0.75)
Interval surgery and no residual disease (n=238): PFS: 22.1 vs 17.7 months, HR: 0.61 (0.41-0.91)
Upfront surgery with residual disease (n=164): PFS: 17.6 vs 13.0 months, HR: 0.74 (0.48-1.15)
Interval surgery with residual disease (n=100): PFS: 18.7 vs 12.3 months, HR: 0.70 (0.41-1.2)

Clinically Significant Adverse Events

Ola vs Placebo:
Serious AE: MDS, AML or aplastic anemia (1 vs <1%), hypertension (9 vs 13%), anemia (6 vs <1%)
Grade 3-4 AE: all (57 vs 51%), hypertension (19 vs 30%), anemia (17 vs 1%)


Dual maintenance therapy with olaparib and bevacizumab significantly improves PFS compared with bevacizumab maintenance alone for BRCA MUT and HRD+ patients


Ray-Coquard I et al. Olaparib plus Bevacizumab as First-Line Maintenance in Ovarian Cancer. N Engl J Med (2019) 381(25):2416-2428

Grimm C et al. Maintenance olaparib plus bevacizumab (bev) after platinum-based chemotherapy plus bev in patients (pts) with newly diagnosed advanced high-grade ovarian cancer (HGOC): Efficacy by timing of surgery and residual tumor status in the Phase III PAOLA-1 trial. SGO (2020) abstract 34