Factors Associated with Early Mortality in Patients Treated with Concurrent Chemoradiation Therapy for Locally Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Andrew Warner, Max Dahele, Bo Hu, David A. Palma, Suresh Senan, Cary Oberije, Kayoko Tsujino, Marta Moreno-Jimenez, Tae Hyun Kim, Lawrence B. Marks, Ramesh Rengan, Luigi De Petris, Sara Ramella, Kim De Ruyck, Núria Rodriguez De Dios, Jeffrey D. Bradley, George Rodrigues

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    Purpose Concurrent chemoradiation therapy (con-CRT) is recommended for fit patients with locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (LA-NSCLC) but is associated with toxicity, and observed survival continues to be limited. Identifying factors associated with early mortality could improve patient selection and identify strategies to improve prognosis. Methods and Materials Analysis of a multi-institutional LA-NSCLC database consisting of 1245 patients treated with con-CRT in 13 institutions was performed to identify factors predictive of 180-day survival. Recursive partitioning analysis (RPA) was performed to identify prognostic groups for 180-day survival. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to create a clinical nomogram predicting 180-day survival based on important predictors from RPA. Results Median follow-up was 43.5 months (95% confidence interval [CI]: 40.3-48.8) and 127 patients (10%) died within 180 days of treatment. Median, 180-day, and 1- to 5-year (by yearly increments) actuarial survival rates were 20.9 months, 90%, 71%, 45%, 32%, 27%, and 22% respectively. Multivariate analysis adjusted by region identified gross tumor volume (GTV) (odds ratio [OR] ≥100 cm3: 2.61; 95% CI: 1.10-6.20; P=.029) and pulmonary function (forced expiratory volume in 1 second [FEV1], defined as the ratio of FEV1 to forced vital capacity [FVC]) (OR <80%: 2.53; 95% CI: 1.09-5.88; P=.030) as significant predictors of 180-day survival. RPA resulted in a 2-class risk stratification system: low-risk (GTV <100 cm3 or GTV ≥100 cm3 and FEV1 ≥80%) and high-risk (GTV ≥100 cm3 and FEV1 <80%). The 180-day survival rates were 93% for low risk and 79% for high risk, with an OR of 4.43 (95% CI: 2.07-9.51; P<.001), adjusted by region. A clinical nomogram predictive of 180-day survival, incorporating FEV1, GTV, N stage, and maximum esophagus dose yielded favorable calibration (R2 = 0.947). Conclusions This analysis identified several risk factors associated with early mortality and suggests that future research in the optimization of pretreatment pulmonary function and/or functional lung avoidance treatment may alter the therapeutic ratio in this patient population.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)612-620
    Number of pages9
    JournalInternational Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - 2016


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