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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)
P1.01-044 - Detection of Circulating Tumor Cells Is Associated with Disease Burden in Patients with Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (ID 9565)
09:30 - 16:00 | Author(s): E. Politaki
Previous studies on the clinical value of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) enumeration as a predictor of prognosis in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) have yielded controversial results. The purpose of this study was to further evaluate the prognostic relevance of CTC count in patients with advanced-stage NSCLC before and after first line chemotherapy.
A total of 43 patients with chemotherapy-naïve, advanced NSCLC and at least one available measurement of CTCs were enrolled in this single-center retrospective study. The presence of CTCs was evaluated by the use of the CellSearch System; CTC positivity was defined as ≥2 CTC in 7.5 ml of whole blood. CTC status was assessed at two different time points, i.e. at baseline (before administration of chemotherapy) and after completion of the first chemotherapy cycle. Baseline CTC count and its dynamic change between the above time points were correlated with clinicopathological features of patients, treatment response and survival, using univariate and multivariate regression analysis.
Eight (18.6%) out of 43 patients (mean age 67.1 ± 9.9 years, male/female ratio 39/4) harbored CTCs at baseline (mean 22.75 CTCs/patient, range: 2 - 108). Positive baseline CTC count was significantly associated with the presence of five or more metastatic sites (p=0.018). Response to treatment was recorded in 40.6% of patients and disease stabilization or progression in 59.4%. No significant associations were found between response or progression rates and baseline CTC counts (p=0.067 and p=0.083, respectively). On the contrary, progressive disease status and metastatic disease burden were significantly associated with the change in CTC count, (p=0.033 and p=0.035, respectively). No significant associations were found between survival (PFS or OS) and CTC count or the dynamic change of CTC status. Worse performance status (PS) and the presence of five or more metastatic sites were recognized as independent predictors of reduced PFS [HR=2.7; 95% CI: 1.1-6.8; p=0.035 and HR=2.9; 95% CI: 1.1-8.1; p=0.042, respectively], while PS was the only variable independently associated with OS (HR=16.9; 95% CI: 4.3-65.8; p<0.001).
In our study, CTC count and the dynamic change of CTC status following chemotherapy administration were both associated with increased metastatic disease burden but not with PFS or OS. These data support the suggested role of CTCs in the metastatic cascade and underline the need for further validation of this candidate biomarker before its implementation into routine oncology practice.
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