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MINI 03 - PD1 Axis Inhibition and EGFR (ID 101)
- Event: WCLC 2015
- Type: Mini Oral
- Track: Treatment of Advanced Diseases - NSCLC
- Presentations: 1
MINI03.07 - Clinical Attributes of Lung Cancer in US Community Oncology Practice: Implications for Immunotherapy (ID 733)
16:45 - 18:15 | Author(s): B. Ulrich
The majority of lung cancer in the US is treated in the community. A prospective cohort study of stage IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and extensive disease small cell lung cancer (ED SCLC) is being conducted in 70 US community oncology practices (Figure) to assess current standards of care (SOC) and outcomes in anticipation of immunotherapy as a new treatment modality. This study establishes a historical comparator cohort in a “pre-immunotherapy era” of lung cancer treatment. Figure 1
Patients with stage IV NSCLC and ED SCLC, at any point in their care, with documented dates of diagnosis and prior treatment, are eligible for inclusion. Patients are followed prospectively for 36 months or until death, with data abstraction from medical records into electronic case report forms. Patient-reported outcomes are prospectively collected, as are archival tumor tissue and serial blood samples from consenting patients for molecular profiling studies.
This early analysis focused on patient clinical attributes and tumor sample characteristics of relevance to non-clinical trial patient populations and to biomarker testing (Table). Of 1,183 cases enrolled to date, at enrollment 17.6% were ECOG performance status (PS) 2 or 3, 18.8% of patients had brain metastases, 22.2% were on systemic steroids, 6.7% had history of a specific autoimmune condition, and 49.5% had had tissue samples from core needle or surgical specimens. Figure 1
Many immunotherapy clinical trials exclude patients with brain metastases, certain steroid use, poor PS, and autoimmune disease, yet a substantial proportion of community-based lung cancer patients present with these attributes. Approximately half of advanced stage patients have tissue specimens amenable to current SOC biomarker testing. Efforts to develop additional biomarker tests for lung cancer patients need to consider the reality of limited tissue sample availability in the community setting.
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