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    ORAL 04 - Adjuvant Therapy for Early Stage Lung Cancer (ID 99)

    • Event: WCLC 2015
    • Type: Oral Session
    • Track: Treatment of Localized Disease - NSCLC
    • Presentations: 1
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      ORAL04.01 - Final Results of Phase III Trial of Adjuvant Chemo-Immunotherapy in Lung Cancer (ID 175)

      10:45 - 12:15  |  Author(s): H. Kimura

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      Background:
      From our randomized controlled phase III trial of adjuvant chemo‑immunotherapy in lung cancer patients, the preliminary results indicated significant advantage in immunotherapy arm combined with chemotherapy. We report here the final analysis and long term results with 42.8 months of median follow up time.

      Methods:
      Between April 2007 and July 2012, 103 postsurgical non-small cell lung cancer patients were randomly assigned to receive either chemo-immunotherapy (group A) or chemotherapy (group B). The immunotherapy consisted of the adoptive transfer of autologous activated killer T cells and dendritic cells obtained from the lung cancer patients’ own regional lymph nodes.

      Results:
      The 2-year overall survival rates in groups A and B were 96.0 and 64.7 %, and the 5-year rates were 74.6 and 40.9 %, respectively, and the results confirmed the statistically significant difference analyzed 2 years previously. The hazard ratio (HR) was 0.321 (95% Confidence Interval 0.164~0.631). The 2- and 5-year recurrence-free survival rates were 68.0, 41.2 and 57.2, 29.2 % in groups A and B, respectively. Those differences were also statistically significant (log-rank test p = 0.0020). The HR was 0.435 (p = 0.0027) in favor of group A. Subgroup analysis between treatment groups using cox models indicated male (HR: 0.351, 95%CI: 0.171~0.721), Adenocarcinoma (HR: 0.279, 95%CI: 0.116~0.669), stage III (HR: 0.228, 95%CI: 0.092~0.564) and those who did not received preoperative chemotherapy had lower hazard ratio compared to other groups. Immunological analysis of cell surface markers in regional lymph-nodes of immunotherapy patients indicated the ratios of CD8 vs CD4 (CD8/4) are elevated in survivors.

      Conclusion:
      The final results of the statistical and immunological analysis of the study confirmed the efficacy of immunotherapy in adjuvant treatment of lung cancer patients. The study indicated the advantages and limitations of cell mediated immunotherapy and a large-scale multi-institutional RCT is inevitable for the clinical application of the study.

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