Immune therapy key to extending lung cancer patients' lives

17 April, 2018, 18:46 | Author: Hope Soto
  • Treatment combo nearly doubles survival time in lung cancer patients, study finds

For the first time, a treatment that boosts the immune system greatly improved survival in people newly diagnosed with the most common form of lung cancer.

Leading researcher of this study, Dr. Leena Gandhi says 'What it suggests is that chemotherapy alone is no longer a standard of care.' she is the Thoracic Medical Oncology Program director for the Perlmutter Cancer Center at the New York University Langone Health.

Keytruda was approved previous year as an initial treatment with chemo for the most common form of advanced lung cancer, but doctors have been leery to use it because that was based on a small study that did not show whether it prolongs life.

Scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center found that administering two doses of the anti-PD1 immunotherapy nivolumab for several weeks prior to surgery was not only safe but 45 percent of the patients in the trial responded so well that there was little evidence of the cancer remaining upon follow-up. He said that tumor cells were like bags of hidden proteins that, if exposed, the immune system could use as targets to find and attack cancer.

But patients in the immunotherapy group had more kidney problems, more immune-related adverse events and were more likely to stop treatment because of side effects. Keytruda and Opdivo each cost about $13,500 monthly per patient.

The study estimates that one year after treatment, 69 percent of patients who received the immunotherapy drug in addition to chemotherapy would still be alive, compared with 49 percent of people who received chemotherapy alone.

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The study, a phase III clinical trial testing treatment effectiveness and side effects, included 616 patients at 118 medical facilities around the globe.

'We're not almost where we need to be yet, ' said Dr. Roy Herbst, a Yale Cancer Center lung expert who had no role in the studies. The studies were sponsored by the drugmakers, and many study leaders and Herbst consult for the companies. More research is needed to know if the combo improves overall survival, as Keytruda did.

The findings represent another step forward for immunotherapy, which has been making steady gains against a number of different cancers.

Rates of serious side effects were similar, but twice as many in the Keytruda group dropped out because of them. The median overall survival was 11.3 months in those who did not receive immunotherapy, whereas survival in the immunotherapy group was longer and the median has not yet been reached. The immunotherapy drugs did not help people with fewer tumor gene flaws.

Other studies presented at the meeting also highlighted advances in immunotherapy against lung cancer, but were at earlier points in the research and less likely to bring about immediate changes in medical practice. The estimated proportion of patients in the combination therapy group who were alive and whose disease had not gotten worse at a year was about 34 percent, about double the proportion for the chemo-only group.

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