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Predictors of benefits to chemoimmunotherapy (CIT) in stage IV non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC): A meta-analysis.

Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer—Non-Small Cell Metastatic

2019 ASCO Annual Meeting

Abstract No:

J Clin Oncol 37, 2019 (suppl; abstr e20595)

Author(s): Hazem Edmond El-Osta, Anita Lyn Sabichi; Baylor College of Medicine, Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Abstract Disclosures


Background: Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) have changed the landscape of NSCLC therapy. In previous study, gender, smoking history, and PD-L1 status were found to influence the efficacy of ICI monotherapy in NSCLC. This meta-analysis evaluated the clinical and molecular factors predictive of benefit from the addition of ICIs to first-line (1L) chemotherapy in metastatic NSCLC. Methods: Using the random effect model, we computed and compared the pooled hazard ratio (HR) of progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) among the selected subgroups. The correlation between PD-L1 expression level and outcome was analyzed by meta-regression. Results: 7 phase III randomized trials comparing CIT vs. chemo in the 1L treatment of stage 4 NSCLC were included. CIT evenly improved the PFS irrespective of age, gender, histology, smoking history and ECOG performance status (PS). While patients (pts) with liver metastasis or ALK/EGFR aberration had greater PFS with the addition of ICI to Bevacizumab (BEV) based chemo regimen, the derived benefit was no longer statistically significant among pts treated with non-BEV-based regimens. Whereas the PFS superiority conferred by CIT was noticed across all PD-L1 expression subgroups, the benefit correlated with PD-L1 level and was more pronounced in the “PD-L1 high” subset. Except for pts with EGFR/ALK abnormalities, squamous histology or liver metastasis, CIT yielded a consistent amelioration of OS across the other selected subgroups. Conclusions: Survival advantage associated with 1L CIT in metastatic NSCLC was observed in different pts population including those for which single-agent ICI has limited therapeutic benefit. Our findings support the role of chemo +/- VEGF blockade as enhancer of ICIs activity even in “less immunogenic” context.

PFS HR (95%CI)Difference p-value
Age< 650.60 (0.52-0.69)NS
≥650.64 (0.58-0.71)
GenderFemale0.57 (0.48-0.68)NS
Male0.64 (0.59-0.70)
PS00.58 (0.51-0.67)NS
10.64 (0.59-0.70)
SmokingEver0.62 (0.57-0.67)NS
Never0.63 (0.50-0.81)
Liver metastasisYes0.70 (0.51-0.97)NS
No0.61 (0.56-0.68)
Liver metastasis
(BEV regimen excluded)
Yes0.81 (0.64-1.04)0.036
No0.61 (0.55-0.68)
HistologySquamous0.68 (0.54-0.86)NS
Non-squamous0.60 (0.55-0.66)
EGFR/ALKMutant0.63 (0.43-0.94)NS
WT0.60 (0.54-0.66)
PD-L1Negative0.71 (0.61-082)0.008
Positive0.54 (0.48-0.62)

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