Outcomes after combined modality therapy for EGFR-mutant and wild-type locally advanced NSCLC

Raymond H Mak, Elizabeth Doran, Alona Muzikansky, Josephine Kang, Joel W Neal, Elizabeth H Baldini, Noah C Choi, Henning Willers, David M Jackman, Lecia V Sequist
Oncologist 2011, 16 (6): 886-95

BACKGROUND: Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations identify a unique biological subtype of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Treatment outcomes for EGFR-mutant locally advanced NSCLC patients have not been well described.

METHODS: We retrospectively examined outcomes after combined modality therapy including thoracic radiation therapy (RT) in 123 patients with locally advanced NSCLC and known EGFR mutation status. Outcomes were compared using Kaplan-Meier analysis, the log-rank test, and multivariate Cox regression models.

RESULTS: All 123 patients underwent thoracic RT; 25% had tumors with EGFR mutations and 94% had stage III disease. Overall, 81% received chemotherapy concurrent with RT and 55% underwent surgical resection. With a median follow-up of 27.5 months, the overall survival (OS) rate was significantly higher in patients with EGFR-mutant tumors than in those with wild-type EGFR tumors (2-year estimate: 92.6% versus 69.0%; p = .04). The 2-year relapse-free survival and distant recurrence rates did not differ significantly by genotype. The 2-year locoregional recurrence rate (LRR) was significantly lower in EGFR-mutant than in wild-type EGFR patients (17.8% versus 41.7%; p = .005). EGFR-mutant genotype was associated with a lower risk for LRR on multivariate analysis, but not OS, after adjusting for surgery and other potential confounders.

CONCLUSION: We observed that EGFR-mutant patients with locally advanced NSCLC treated with RT had lower rates of LRR than wild-type EGFR patients, raising the hypothesis that EGFR mutations may confer sensitivity to RT and/or chemotherapy. The association between mutation status and OS after combined modality therapy was less robust. Our data may serve as a useful baseline estimate of outcomes by EGFR genotype for future prospective studies.

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