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    C - Inaugural Cochrane Workshop (ID 78)

    • Event: WCLC 2013
    • Type: Other Sessions
    • Track: Other Topics
    • Presentations: 1
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      C.00 - Inaugural Cochrane Workshop (ID 4023)

      V. Westeel

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      Abstract
      The Cochrane Collaboration is an international, independent, not-for-profit organisation of over 28,000 contributors from more than 100 countries, dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of health care readily available worldwide. Cochrane contributors work together to produce systematic reviews of healthcare interventions, known as Cochrane Reviews, which are published online in The Cochrane Library. Cochrane Reviews are intended to help providers, practitioners and patients make informed decisions about health care, and are the most comprehensive, reliable and relevant source of evidence on which to base these decisions. Over 5,000 Cochrane Reviews have been published so far, online in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, part of The Cochrane Library. The Collaboration also prepares the largest collection of records of randomised controlled trials in the world, called CENTRAL, published as part of The Cochrane Library. Work from the Cochrane Collaboration is internationally recognised as the benchmark for high quality information about the effectiveness of health care. The Collaboration believes that effective health care is created through equal partnerships between researcher, provider, practitioner and patient. Cochrane Reviews are unique because they are both produced by, and are relevant to, everyone interested in the effects of human health care. Based on the best available evidence, healthcare providers can decide if they should fund production of a particular drug. Practitioners can find out if an intervention is effective in a specific clinical context. Patients and other healthcare consumers can assess the potential risks and benefits of their treatment. The Cochrane Collaboration's contributors are a mix of volunteers and paid staff who are affiliated to the organisation through Cochrane entities: healthcare subject-related review groups, thematic networks (called 'fields'), groups concerned with the methodology of systematic reviews, and regional centres. Many are world leaders in their field of medicine, health policy, research methodology or consumer advocacy, and our entities are situated in some of the world's finest academic and medical institutions. The Cochrane Collaboration is named after Archie Cochrane (1909-1988), a British epidemiologist, who advocated the use of randomised controlled trials as a means of reliably informing healthcare practice. The Collaboration is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, funded by a variety of sources including governments, universities, hospital trusts, charities and personal donations. The Collaboration is registered as a charity in the United Kingdom. To tie the organisation together, there are a number of overarching structures, led by the Steering Group, which provides policy and strategic leadership for the organisation. Members of this group are democratically elected from, and by, contributors. The Cochrane Operations Unit, is based in Oxford, UK, which manages the financial, legal and administrative work of the organisation, led by the Chief Executive Officer of the Collaboration; and a Cochrane Editorial Unit, based in London, UK, which supports Cochrane Review production, editorial processes, and training and methods development, led by the Editor in Chief of The Cochrane Library. There are annual conferences, known as "Colloquia", which are open to everyone. Colloquia are designed to bring people together in one place to discuss, develop and promote our work, and to shape the organisation's future direction In addition to the core mission of producing Cochrane Reviews, contributors are involved in a number of related activities, including advocacy for evidence-based decision-making, providing training in Cochrane Review preparation, developing the methodology for preparing reviews, and translating them from English into a variety of different languages. This session includes providing an introduction to developing a Cochrane Review and is kindly supported by the Cochrane Lung Cancer Review Group, based in Barcelona Spain (website ) and uses high quality training materials developed by the Cochrane Collaboration (grateful acknowledgement of for allowing the use of the training materials) delivered by volunteer Cochrane Collaborators. The session will address topics including; Introduction to systematic reviews, Writing a Cochrane protocol, Searching for studies, Collecting data, Risk of bias, Meta-analysis, Types of data, Heterogeneity, Analysing data and Interpreting results Other training resources include Online Learning Modules as part of a self-directed learning initiative of The Cochrane Collaboration. They provide an introduction to the core skills and methods required for new authors of Cochrane systematic reviews of interventions. The modules are intended to complement other learning opportunities such as face-to-face workshops and webinars, and the guidance provided in the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions.

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    MO03 - Thymic Malignancies (ID 123)

    • Event: WCLC 2013
    • Type: Mini Oral Abstract Session
    • Track: Medical Oncology
    • Presentations: 1
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      MO03.03 - RYTHMIC: a nationwide network for thymic malignancies in France (ID 2631)

      V. Westeel

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      Background
      RYTHMIC (RĂ©seau tumeurs THYMiques et Cancer) is a nationwide network for thymic malignancies, which was appointed in 2012 by the French National Cancer Institute, as part of its rare cancer program. The objectives of the network include a territorial coverage by regional expert centers, the dissemination of highest standards for the diagnostic and therapeutic management of patients, and the promotion of collaborative research. Registration in RYTHMIC of all patients diagnosed with thymic malignancy is recommended as part of good clinical practice for oncologists.

      Methods
      Starting January 2012, the management of all patients diagnosed with thymic malignancy in France has been discussed on a real-time basis at a reference national multidisciplinary tumor board (MTB), which is organized twice a month using a web-based conferencing system. Decision-making is based on consensual recommendations, that were originally established using available evidence, and are updated and approved each year by all members of the network. A prospective database of all patients is hosted by the French Thoracic Cancer Intergroup. We report the characteristics and treatment modalities of patients included during the first year.

      Results
      From January to December 2012, 257 patients were enrolled in RYTHMIC. There were 126 (49%) men and 131 (51%) women; mean age at diagnosis was 54.5 years. Among 214 cases, histology was thymoma for 146 (56%) patients (11 (5%) type A, 28 (13%) type AB, 22 (10%) type B1, 35 (16%) type B2, 24 (11%) type B3, 26 (12%) mixed type), and thymic carcinoma for 33 (15%) patients, 8 of which were neuroendocrine carcinomas; other histologies were diagnosed for 35 (16%) patients. Among 144 cases, Masaoka-Koga stage was I, IIA, IIB, III, IVA, and IVB in 34 (24%), 19 (13%), 20 (14%), 22 (15%), 35 (24%), and 14 (10%) patients, respectively. 44 (17%) patients presented with autoimmune disorder, consisting of myasthenia gravis in 28 cases. Surgery was performed for 166 patients, mostly using a median sternotomy approach (52% of cases). Postoperative radiotherapy was delivered to 42 patients; 71 patients received perioperative chemotherapy. Exclusive chemotherapy/radiotherapy was administered to 20 and 4 patients, respectively. Mature data will be presented at the meeting.

      Conclusion
      This first analysis of the RYTHMIC prospective cohort demonstrates the feasibility of a national MTB for thymic malignancies, that, besides ensuring all patients an equal access to highly specialized treatment, provides with a comprehensive tool to monitor dedicated actions to improve the management of patients in the future, increase the quality-of-care, and screen patients for future translational research and clinical trials. Supported by Institut National du Cancer

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    P3.09 - Poster Session 3 - Combined Modality (ID 214)

    • Event: WCLC 2013
    • Type: Poster Session
    • Track: Combined Modality
    • Presentations: 1
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      P3.09-018 - IFCT-0803 Trial: a phase II study of cetuximab, pemetrexed, cisplatin and concurrent radiotherapy in patients with locally advanced, unresectable, stage III, non squamous, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC): preliminary safety analysis (ID 3281)

      V. Westeel

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      Background
      Cisplatin-based chemotherapy and concurrent radiotherapy are the standard treatments for locally advanced unresectable NSCLC. New therapeutic combinations using molecular targeted drugs are needed. IFCT-0803 Trial is a phase II study evaluating the benefit of adding cetuximab to a combination of concomitant radio-chemotherapy with cisplatin and pemetrexed in patients with stage III, non-squamous NSCLC. Data on safety and tolerance during the first 16 weeks of treatment, available after the inclusion of the first 62 eligible patients, are presented.

      Methods
      Based on a two-stage Simon approach, 106 patients will be included in IFCT-0803 trial. An interim analysis of the first 34 patients authorized the continuation of the study. Eligible patients receive conformal thoracic radiation with no elective nodal irradiation (66 Gy in 33 fractions, ICRU) along with cisplatin (75 mg/m[2]) and pemetrexed (500 mg/m[2]) on day 1 administered intravenously every 21 days for four cycles; weekly cetuximab (400 mg/m[2] for the first week, then 250 mg/m[2]) is added from the first week of therapy for a total of 12 doses. The primary objective is to assess the disease control rate at the 16[th] week, one month after treatment completion

      Results
      62 patients were included (37 male, 56 years mean age), PS 0 = 39 and PS 1 = 23, ever smoker = 57, stage IIIA = 31 and IIIB = 31, adenocarcinoma = 50. Compliance for the first 62 patients included was as follows: Day 1 chemotherapy was administered to 100% of patients on cycles 1 and 2, to 98.4% on cycle 3 and to 96.6% on cycle 4. Radiotherapy protocol was respected: median was 33 for number of fractions, 66 Gy for total dose, 46 days for duration of treatment, 39 patients had a maximal toxicity of grade 3 and 6 of grade 4. Table 1 lists the number of patients for the main categories of toxicity.

      n=62 grade 1/2 grade 3 grade 4
      anemia 32 4 0
      neutropenia 24 20 5
      thrombocytopenia 30 4 2*
      general toxicity 42 13 0
      skin toxicity 51 9 0
      digestive toxicity (nausea and vomiting) 42 6 0
      esophageal toxicity 43 10 0
      febrile neutropenia - 5 0
      renal toxicity 4 3 0
      neurologic toxicity 11 0 0
      * :One patient died consecutively to a subdural hematoma caused by a fall, he had a grade 4 thrombocytopenia

      Conclusion
      IFCT-0803 trial is ongoing, the end of the inclusions is scheduled for October 2013. This combination therapy is feasible without any unexpected side effects.