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Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening


ISSN (Print): 1386-2073
ISSN (Online): 1875-5402

Research Article

Multiple-line Chemotherapy and Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor Treatment in Patients with Advanced Lung Cancer

Author(s): Hua Zhang, Jie Yang, Yan-ming Deng, Ning Zhao, Jian-miao Liang, Shuang Yang, Shun-da Zhang and Wei-neng Feng*

Volume 22, Issue 1, 2019

Page: [27 - 34] Pages: 8

DOI: 10.2174/1386207322666181231122030

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Aim: To analyse the clinical outcomes of patients with lung cancer treated with first and multiple-line chemotherapy and tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI).

Patients & Methods: The present study included a total of 89 patients of whom lung cancer was histologically confirmed between July 2016 and September 2017. Patients’ demographics, chemotherapy/TKI treatment details and clinical outcomes were retrieved. The progression-free survivals (PFS) after first-line and multiple-line treatments were evaluated using Kaplan-Meier analysis with log-rank test. Risk factors for progressive disease (PD) were identified using Cox multivariate regression model.

Results: A total of 50 males and 39 females were enrolled. About 90% of the tumors were histologically classified as adenocarcinoma, and 77/89 cases (86.5%) were at TNM stage IV. The median PFS for the first-line treatment was 6.17 months. After first-line treatment, more favourable PFS was observed in patients who had prior surgery of lung cancer (P = 0.002). Multivariate analysis showed that patients who had received no prior surgical treatment for lung cancer were at higher risk of PD (OR, 4.311; 95% CI, 1.836 to 10.120; P = 0.0008). Besides, in patients with driver mutations, those who received no TKI treatment were under higher risk of PD compared to those who had been treated with TKI (OR, 4.876; 95% CI, 1.877 to 12.666; P = 0.0011). The median PFS for the multiple-line treatment was 24.67 months. After multiple-line treatments, favourable PFS was associated with tumor histological types of adenocarcinoma (P = 0.041), genetic lesions at exon 19 of EGFR (P = 0.001) and fourth-line treatment (P = 0.001). Risk factors for PD after multiple-line treatments were no prior surgery for lung cancer (OR, 3.335; 95% CI, 1.158 to 9.605; P = 0.0256), no TKI use in multiple-line treatment (OR, 10.095; 95% CI, 2.405 to 42.378; P = 0.0016), and being treated by first-line treatment alone (OR, 30.421; 95% CI, 4.813 to 192.269; P = 0.0003).

Conclusion: The present study demonstrated the benefits of TKI in patients with advanced lung cancer, providing insights into the refinement of the management strategy.

Keywords: Tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI), lung adenocarcinoma, progression-free survival, chemotherapy, risk factor, cancer management.

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