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    MINI 32 - Topics in Localized Lung Cancer (ID 166)

    • Event: WCLC 2015
    • Type: Mini Oral
    • Track: Treatment of Localized Disease - NSCLC
    • Presentations: 1
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      MINI32.14 - Primary Early-Stage Lung Cancer Following Head and Neck Cancer: A Population Based Study of Treatment and Survival in the Netherlands (ID 1433)

      18:30 - 20:00  |  Author(s): C. Haasbeek

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      Second primary lung cancer (SPLC) is an important cause of death in survivors of head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC). The goal of this Dutch population study was to compare treatment patterns and outcomes in early-stage SPLC after HNSCC.

      Details on all patients in a population of 16 million diagnosed with lung cancer between 1997 and 2011 were obtained from the Netherlands Cancer Registry. After excluding patients with a history of other malignancies, patients were dichotomized with a primary lung cancer or a SPLC after HNSCC. The latter included oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx, and hypopharynx sub-sites. Baseline characteristics of early-stage primary and SPLC were compared using the chi-square, fisher’s exact, or t-test, where appropriate. After stratifying patients into five consecutive 3-year time periods, the Chi-Square Trend test was used to determine trends in treatment patterns over time. Overall survival was calculated using the Kaplan-Meier method, and the log-rank test used to assess differences in survival. 30- and 90-day treatment related mortality were calculated. To assess for stage migration due to routine availability of PET-staging, as well as the availability of stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR), outcomes were analyzed before and after 2005. All statistical tests were two-sided and considered significant when p<0.05.

      Of the 153,330 lung cancer patients, 19,501 with a history of a non-HNSCC primary cancer were excluded from the analysis. Of the 133,829 remaining patients, 2,556 (2%) represented a SPLC following HNSCC. SPLC patients were more likely to present in stage I (27% versus 16%, p<0.01) rather than stage IV (34% versus 44%, p<0.01). For early-stage SPLC, initial HNSCC anatomical subsites were most commonly larynx (53%) and oral cavity (24%). Treatment for early-stage SPLC included surgery (53%), radiotherapy (RT, 33%), or best supportive care (14%). The proportion of RT patients undergoing SABR was unknown. When compared to surgery, early-stage SPLC patients receiving any-form of RT tended to be older, with more advanced T-stage disease, poorly differentiated histology, and lower rates of pathologic diagnosis (all p<0.01). The proportion of all early-stage lung cancer patients receiving surgery over time remained stable in the primary setting (range: 59-63%, p=0.69), but decreased for early-stage SPLC patients (range: 68-42%, p<0.01). The use of RT increased over time for both primary (range: 21-30%, p<0.01) and early-stage SPLC patients (range: 23-43%, p<0.01). 30- and 90-day treatment related mortality rates were higher in surgical versus RT patients in both pre-2005 (3.8%, 8.6% versus 4.0%, 8.0%) and post-2005 (2.3%, 4.0% versus and 0%, 3.2%) eras. Overall, early-stage SPLC surgical patients had improved survival when compared to RT patients (p<0.01). In the post 2005 era, however, survival was similar for these two modalities (p=0.13).

      In survivors of HNSCC who develop early-stage SPLC, RT deserves attention as an alternative gold standard to surgery. Previous studies indicated that a majority of RT delivered for early-stage NSCLC after 2006 was SABR [Palma D, 2010]. Despite negative selection of poorer baseline characteristics, use of RT resulted in comparable survival and lower post-treatment mortality when compared to surgery in the modern era.

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