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    MA10 - Considerations in Immunotherapy / Real World (ID 911)

    • Event: WCLC 2018
    • Type: Mini Oral Abstract Session
    • Track: Advanced NSCLC
    • Presentations: 1
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    • Coordinates: 9/25/2018, 10:30 - 12:00, Room 105
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      MA10.01 - Antibiotic Use and PD-1 Inhibitors: Shorter Survival in Lung Cancer, Especially When Given Intravenously. Type of Infection Also Matters (ID 13542)

      10:30 - 10:35  |  Author(s): Elia Pérez-Fernández

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      Some studies found that cancer patients treated with PD-1 immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICI) who receive antibiotics (ATB) had worse efficacy outcomes because ATB can dysregulate gut microbiota. AvaiIable data in NSCLC are contradictory. In addition it’s unknow whether route of administration, type of the ATB and reason for its use, can affect survival outcomes.

      a9ded1e5ce5d75814730bb4caaf49419 Method

      This is a multicenter retrospective study. We included consecutive patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treated with nivolumab or pembrolizumab in second line or beyond between March 2015 and April 2018, from 7 hospitals in Spain. The aim of the study was to evaluate if patients taking ATB 2 months before or within the first month after starting ICI had worse OS, and if OS was affected by the route of administration, type of ATB, and the reason for its use.

      4c3880bb027f159e801041b1021e88e8 Result

      168 patients were evaluated. Median age was 65 years (39-85). 134(79,8%) were male and 121 (72%) had PS>=1. Predominant histologies were adenocarcinoma (50%) and squamous-cell carcinoma (42,9%). 92,3% received nivolumab and 7,7% pembrolizumab. The median number of prior lines was 1 (1-5), median number of cycles 11 (1-68). Median follow: 6,3m. Most were current or former smokers (94,6%). Only 2,9% had driver mutations. PD-L1 was available in 25% (<1%: 36,6%; 1-49%: 39%; >=50%: 24,4%). Response rate (RR) was 30,4%. 47,9% received ATB, 30% of them intravenously and 70% orally. Median PFS and OS were 5,6 months (m) (95%CI, 3,9-7,3) and 11,4 m (95%CI, 9,4-13,5). Patients who received ATB had shorter OS (8,1m (95%CI, 3,6-12,5) vs 11,9m (95%CI 9,1-14,7); p=0,026) and PFS (5m (95%CI,3,1-6,9) vs 7,3m (95%CI,2-12);p=0,028). Those patients receiving ATB intravenously had shorter OS than orally (2,9m (95%CI, 1,6-4,1) vs 14,2m (95%CI, 7,9-20,6); p=0,0001) and shorter PFS (2,2m (95%CI,0,6-3,7) vs 5,9m (95%CI,3,9-8); p=0,001). Patients treated for a lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI) and urinary infection had significantly shorter OS (6m (95%CI2,2-9,7) vs 26m (95%CI, 7,9-44); p=0,006).

      8eea62084ca7e541d918e823422bd82e Conclusion

      Our results suggest that use of antibiotics (mainly intravenously) has a negative impact on survival outcomes in patients with pretreated advanced NSCLC receiving ICI. To our knowledge, this is the biggest retrospective study evaluating the impact of ATB on the efficacy of ICI in NSCLC patients and the first one evaluating route of administration of ATB. We also found worse outcomes when ATB were administered for low respiratory or urinary tract infection.


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