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ORAL 10 - SCLC (ID 98)
- Event: WCLC 2015
- Type: Oral Session
- Track: Small Cell Lung Cancer
- Presentations: 1
ORAL10.03 - Which Patients with ES-SCLC Should Receive Thoracic Radiotherapy (TRT) Routinely? (ID 41)
10:45 - 12:15 | Author(s): J. Knegjens
Although TRT in patients with ES-SCLC did not lead to a statistically significant difference in overall survival (p=0.066), it did improve 2-year survival rates (p=0.004) in the CREST trial (Slotman et al., Lancet 385:36-42:2015). The failure to meet the primary study endpoint has evoked some controversy in the lung cancer community as to which patients should be offered TRT routinely. To define which patients benefit most from radiotherapy, analysis for overall survival (OS), progression free survival (PFS) and recurrence pattern was performed in patients with and without RITD, which was one of the stratification factors in the randomized study.
Patients with confirmed ES-SCLC who responded to 4-6 cycles of platinum-etoposide were randomized to TRT (30 Gy/10fx) or control. All received prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI). The primary study endpoint was OS. Secondary endpoints were PFS, intrathoracic control. relapse pattern and toxicity.
Out of 495 patients in the intent-to-treat analysis, 434 had RITD (215 allocated to TRT and 219 to the control arm) and 61 had not (32 allocated to TRT and 29 to the control arm). No significant differences in patient characteristics were observed between the groups. In patients with RITD, OS was significantly longer in the TRT-arm (HR 0.81,95% CI 0.66-1.00;p=0.044). Survival rates in the TRT and control arm were 33% (95%CI 27-40) vs 26% (95%CI 21-33) at 1 year, and 12% (95%CI 8-19) vs. 3% (95%CI 1-8) at 2 years, respectively. PFS was also significantly longer in the TRT-arm (HR=0.70, 95%CI 0.57-0.85; p<0.001). Intrathoracic progression was reported in 43.7% of the TRT arm vs. 81.3% in the control arm (p<0.001). There was no significant difference in the risk of brain metastases (10.2% vs. 5.5%). Exclusive progression outside thorax and brain occurred in 37.2% in the TRT arm, compared to 5.9% in the control arm (P<0.001). In patients without RITD, there was no significant difference in OS (HR 1.02, 95%CI 0.59-1.77, p=0.937) and PFS (HR=1,00, 95%CI 0.59-1.70, NS) between the TRT and control arms.
This additional analysis of the CREST data shows that ES-SCLC patients with RITD after chemotherapy have a statistically significant improvement in OS, PFS and risk of intrathoracic progression if they undergo TRT. No such benefit for TRT is seen in patients without RITD. These findings support the routine use of TRT in patients who respond to chemotherapy but still have residual intrathoracic disease.
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