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P1.01 - Advanced NSCLC (ID 757)
- Event: WCLC 2017
- Type: Poster Session with Presenters Present
- Track: Advanced NSCLC
- Presentations: 1
- Coordinates: 10/16/2017, 09:30 - 16:00, Exhibit Hall (Hall B + C)
P1.01-036 - Identifying and Addressing Gaps in Molecular Testing for Patients with Lung Cancer (ID 9391)
09:30 - 16:00 | Author(s): A. Blanchard
For metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), guidelines include molecular testing for actionable biomarkers and recommend broad profile testing. Yet previous studies indicate that not all patients with NSCLC are receiving testing, even for actionable mutations in EGFR, ALK, and ROS. We hypothesized that rates of molecular testing would be low for patients calling a community HelpLine and that we could potentially increase testing rates with one-on-one caller education and providing free precision medicine services.
Caller statistics were collected on the toll-free Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) HelpLine from Sept 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017. Recruitment to the LungMATCH molecular testing program began Nov 10, 2017. Patients are recruited through conversations on the LCA HelpLine, then entered into Perthera Cancer Analysis (PCA) through consent into an IRB-approved registry protocol. PCA includes tissue acquisition, multi-omic molecular profiling, and medical review of testing results and clinical and treatment history. PCA reports are returned to both treating physicians and patients. Data is being collected longitudinally on treatment decisions, patient outcomes including progression-free and overall survival, and patient experience.
Data from the LCA Helpline identified a gap in molecular testing. 44% (100/228) of patients who were asked if they received any kind of molecular testing replied "No". Of 46 patients who were tested and knew the results, patients indicated changes in EGFR (25), PD-L1 (10), ALK (5), KRAS (4), MET(2), BRAF, and RET. Most of these alterations are potentially actionable. From Nov 10, 2016 – May 31, 2016, 63 interested patients were referred for PCA. Sixteen patients consented and eight more are currently in the consent process. Reasons for non-consent include: doctor refusal, initiation of testing at the treating institution, concern about financial implications, and seven deaths. Ten patients are actively undergoing PCA and six have received completed PCA reports. Of those six, three patients reported that treatment decisions were made using the molecular testing information. Updated results will be presented.
Caller data indicate that patients with lung cancer are not receiving molecular testing in accordance to guidelines. To address this problem, we introduced a program through a nonprofit-corporate partnership that navigates patients and their physicians through a comprehensive precision therapy program. This type of program is feasible and there is patient interest.