Comparison of Chemotherapy With PD-1/L1 or CTLA-4 Inhibitors Alone Or In Combination In Advanced Or Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: A Meta- Analysis

Lihu Gu ◽  
Jiali Liang ◽  
Wei Dai ◽  
Jiayu Li ◽  
Yuexiu Si ◽  

Abstract Background: In spite of the wide use of immune-checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) in advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), whether ICIs or conventional chemotherapy is more effective still remains controversial. This study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of giving patients programmed cell death 1 (PD-1), programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1), or cytotoxic T-lymphocyte protein 4 (CTLA-4) alone or in their combination (PD-1/L1 + CTLA-4) versus simply applying chemotherapy in patients with advanced or metastatic NSCLC.Methods: This meta-analysis was conducted from PubMed, Web of Science, Medline, Embase, and the Cochrane Library up to March 2021 to identify relevant randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Primary endpoints were overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS). Secondary endpoint was adverse events (AEs). Results: The search process has identified 13 studies containing 7918 patients with advanced or metastatic NSCLC. The benefit of PD-1/L1 or CTLA-4 inhibitors alone or in combination compared with chemotherapy for advanced or metastatic NSCLC was elucidated in both overall survival (OS) [HR=0.75, 95%CI (0.70-0.80), P<0.001] and progression-free survival (PFS) [HR=0.83, 95%CI (0.73-0.95), P<0.001]. Sex is another vital factor that affects the efficacy of ICIs. Male [HR=0.71, 95%CI (0.63-0.81)] benefits more from ICIs than the female [HR 0.80, 95%CI (0.68-0.94)] in OS. Besides, ICIs were associated with fewer AEs compared to chemotherapy.Conclusion: PD-1/L1 or CTLA-4 inhibitors alone or in combination, with fewer AEs, was associated with significant improvements in terms of OS and PFS than chemotherapy in treatment of advanced or metastatic NSCLC.

2018 ◽  
Vol 36 (28) ◽  
pp. 2872-2878 ◽  
Kathryn C. Arbour ◽  
Laura Mezquita ◽  
Niamh Long ◽  
Hira Rizvi ◽  
Edouard Auclin ◽  

Purpose Treatment with programmed cell death-1 or programmed death ligand 1 (PD-(L)1) inhibitors is now standard therapy for patients with lung cancer. The immunosuppressive effect of corticosteroids may reduce efficacy of PD-(L)1 blockade. On-treatment corticosteroids for treatment of immune-related adverse events do not seem to affect efficacy, but the potential impact of baseline corticosteroids at the time of treatment initiation is unknown. Clinical trials typically excluded patients who received baseline corticosteroids, which led us to use real-world data to examine the effect of corticosteroids at treatment initiation. Methods We identified patients who were PD-(L)1–naïve with advanced non–small-cell lung cancer from two institutions—Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Gustave Roussy Cancer Center—who were treated with single-agent PD-(L)1 blockade. Clinical and pharmacy records were reviewed to identify corticosteroid use at the time of beginning anti–PD-(L)1 therapy. We performed multivariable analyses using Cox proportional hazards regression model and logistic regression. Results Ninety (14%) of 640 patients treated with single-agent PD-(L)1 blockade received corticosteroids of ≥ 10 mg of prednisone equivalent daily at the start of the PD-(L)1 blockade. Common indications for corticosteroids were dyspnea (33%), fatigue (21%), and brain metastases (19%). In both independent cohorts, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (n = 455) and Gustave Roussy Cancer Center (n = 185), baseline corticosteroids were associated with decreased overall response rate, progression-free survival, and overall survival with PD-(L)1 blockade. In a multivariable analysis of the pooled population, adjusting for smoking history, performance status, and history of brain metastases, baseline corticosteroids remained significantly associated with decreased progression-free survival (hazard ratio, 1.3; P = .03), and overall survival (hazard ratio, 1.7; P < .001). Conclusion Baseline corticosteroid use of ≥ 10 mg of prednisone equivalent was associated with poorer outcome in patients with non–small-cell lung cancer who were treated with PD-(L)1 blockade. Prudent use of corticosteroids at the time of initiating PD-(L)1 blockade is recommended.

2019 ◽  
Vol 37 (22) ◽  
pp. 1927-1934 ◽  
Biagio Ricciuti ◽  
Suzanne E. Dahlberg ◽  
Anika Adeni ◽  
Lynette M. Sholl ◽  
Mizuki Nishino ◽  

PURPOSE Baseline use of corticosteroids is associated with poor outcomes in patients with non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treated with programmed cell death-1 axis inhibition. To approach the question of causation versus correlation for this association, we examined outcomes in patients treated with immunotherapy depending on whether corticosteroids were administered for cancer-related palliative reasons or cancer-unrelated indications. PATIENTS AND METHODS Clinical outcomes in patients with NSCLC treated with immunotherapy who received ≥ 10 mg prednisone were compared with outcomes in patients who received 0 to < 10 mg of prednisone. RESULTS Of 650 patients, the 93 patients (14.3%) who received ≥ 10 mg of prednisone at the time of immunotherapy initiation had shorter median progression-free survival (mPFS) and median overall survival (mOS) times than patients who received 0 to < 10 mg of prednisone (mPFS, 2.0 v 3.4 months, respectively; P = .01; mOS, 4.9 v 11.2 months, respectively; P < .001). When analyzed by reason for corticosteroid administration, mPFS and mOS were significantly shorter only among patients who received ≥ 10 mg prednisone for palliative indications compared with patients who received ≥ 10 mg prednisone for cancer-unrelated reasons and with patients receiving 0 to < 10 mg of prednisone (mPFS, 1.4 v 4.6 v 3.4 months, respectively; log-rank P < .001 across the three groups; mOS, 2.2 v 10.7 v 11.2 months, respectively; log-rank P < .001 across the three groups). There was no significant difference in mPFS or mOS in patients receiving ≥ 10 mg of prednisone for cancer-unrelated indications compared with patients receiving 0 to < 10 mg of prednisone. CONCLUSION Although patients with NSCLC treated with ≥ 10 mg of prednisone at the time of immunotherapy initiation have worse outcomes than patients who received 0 to < 10 mg of prednisone, this difference seems to be driven by a poor-prognosis subgroup of patients who receive corticosteroids for palliative indications.

2019 ◽  
Vol 37 (15_suppl) ◽  
pp. e20700-e20700
Andre Deeke Sasse ◽  
Fernanda Proa Ferreira ◽  
Adolfo Jose de Oliveira Scherr ◽  
David Pinheiro Cunha ◽  
Vivian Castro Antunes Vasconcelos ◽  

e20700 Background: Palliative systemic therapy is the primary approach for stage IV non-small cell lung cancer(NSCLC). For patients with NSCLC that lacks targetable mutations, immunotherapy alone or in combination with chemotherapy has become a promising alternative, focusing survival and quality of life. Our objectives were to review, summarize and compare the evidence of immunotherapy plus chemotherapy in first-line treatment in comparison with chemotherapy alone in patients with metastatic NSCLC in terms of effectiveness. Methods: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) was planned. PubMed, Embase and Lilacs were searched for trials evaluating metastatic NSCLC patients, comparing chemotherapy alone versus chemotherapy plus anti-PD1, anti-PDL1 or anti-CTLA-4 agents. Four investigators independently extracted characteristics and results of identified studies and performed standardized quality ratings. Meta-analyses for overall survival (OS), progression-free-survival (PFS), overall response rates (ORR) and toxicities were performed. Results: Six RCTs met the inclusion criteria. One trial with anti-PD-L1 (Atezolizumab), three trials with anti-PD-1 (Pembrolizumab) and two trials with anti-CTLA-4 (Ipilimumab) were included. Three trials included non-squamous carcinomas, two trials included squamous cell carcinoma and one trial included all NSCLC. The combination of anti-PD-1 or anti-PDL1 to chemotherapy improved OS (Hazard Ratio [HR] for death, 0.62; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.49 to 0.79; p < 0.0001). This combination also improved PFS (HR for progression or death, 0.57; 95% CI, 0.51 to 0.63; p < 0.00001) and ORR (Odds Ratio [OR], 2.55; 95% CI, 1.80 to 3.61; p < 0.00001). The combination of anti-CTLA-4 to chemotherapy slightly increased the PFS (HR 0.84; 95% CI, 0.73 to 0.96; p = 0.01), but not OS (HR 0.92; 95% CI, 0.80 to 1.05; p = 0.21) or ORR (OR 0.92; 95% CI, 0.71 to 1.19; p = 0.52). General and immune mediated adverse events were higher in all combination groups. Conclusions: In patients with previously untreated metastatic squamous and non-squamous NSCLC without EGFR or ALK mutations, the addition of anti-PD-1 or anti-PD-L1 to standard chemotherapy resulted in significantly longer overall survival and progression-free survival than chemotherapy alone.

2017 ◽  
Vol 35 (24) ◽  
pp. 2790-2797 ◽  
Rebecca Suk Heist ◽  
Michael J. Guarino ◽  
Gregory Masters ◽  
W. Thomas Purcell ◽  
Alexander N. Starodub ◽  

Purpose Trop-2, expressed in most solid cancers, may be a target for antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) in non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We studied sacituzumab govitecan (IMMU-132), a Trop-2 ADC, for the targeting of SN-38. Patients and Methods We evaluated IMMU-132 in a single-arm multicenter trial in patients with pretreated metastatic NSCLC who received either 8 or 10 mg/kg on days 1 and 8 of 21-day cycles. The primary end points were safety and objective response rate (ORR). Progression-free survival and overall survival were secondary end points. Results Fifty-four patients were treated. In the response-assessable study population (n = 47), which had a median of three prior therapies (range, two to seven), the ORR was 19%; median response duration, 6.0 months (95% CI, 4.8 to 8.3 months); and clinical benefit rate (complete response + partial response + stable disease ≥ 4 months), 43%. ORR in the intention-to-treat (ITT) population was 17% (nine of 54). Responses occurred with a median onset of 3.8 months, including patients who had relapsed or progressed after immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy. Median ITT progression-free survival was 5.2 months (95% CI, 3.2 to 7.1 months) and median ITT overall survival, 9.5 months (95% CI, 5.9 to 16.7 months). Grade 3 or higher adverse events included neutropenia (28%), diarrhea (7%), nausea (7%), fatigue (6%), and febrile neutropenia (4%). One patient developed a transient immune response, despite patients receiving a median of 10 doses. More than 90% of 26 assessable archival tumor specimens were highly positive (2+, 3+) for Trop-2 by immunohistochemistry, which suggests that Trop-2 is not a predictive biomarker for response. Conclusion IMMU-132 was well-tolerated and induced durable responses in heavily pretreated patients with metastatic NSCLC. This ADC should be studied further in this disease and in other patients with Trop-2–expressing tumors.

2021 ◽  
Vol 11 ◽  
Khader Shameer ◽  
Youyi Zhang ◽  
Dan Jackson ◽  
Kirsty Rhodes ◽  
Imran Khan A. Neelufer ◽  

Early endpoints, such as progression-free survival (PFS), are increasingly used as surrogates for overall survival (OS) to accelerate approval of novel oncology agents. Compiling trial-level data from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) could help to develop a predictive framework to ascertain correlation trends between treatment effects for early and late endpoints. Through trial-level correlation and random-effects meta-regression analysis, we assessed the relationship between hazard ratio (HR) OS and (1) HR PFS and (2) odds ratio (OR) PFS at 4 and 6 months, stratified according to the mechanism of action of the investigational product. Using multiple source databases, we compiled a data set including 81 phase II–IV RCTs (35 drugs and 156 observations) of patients with non-small-cell lung cancer. Low-to-moderate correlations were generally observed between treatment effects for early endpoints (based on PFS) and HR OS across trials of agents with different mechanisms of action. Moderate correlations were seen between treatment effects for HR PFS and HR OS across all trials, and in the programmed cell death-1/programmed cell death ligand-1 and epidermal growth factor receptor trial subsets. Although these results constitute an important step, caution is advised, as there are some limitations to our evaluation, and an additional patient-level analysis would be needed to establish true surrogacy.

2019 ◽  
Vol 216 (4) ◽  
pp. 982-1000 ◽  
Bo Gong ◽  
Kazuma Kiyotani ◽  
Seiji Sakata ◽  
Seiji Nagano ◽  
Shun Kumehara ◽  

Immune checkpoint blockade against programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) and its ligand PD-L1 often induces durable tumor responses in various cancers, including non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, therapeutic resistance is increasingly observed, and the mechanisms underlying anti–PD-L1 (aPD-L1) antibody treatment have not been clarified yet. Here, we identified two unique secreted PD-L1 splicing variants, which lacked the transmembrane domain, from aPD-L1–resistant NSCLC patients. These secreted PD-L1 variants worked as “decoys” of aPD-L1 antibody in the HLA-matched coculture system of iPSC-derived CD8 T cells and cancer cells. Importantly, mixing only 1% MC38 cells with secreted PD-L1 variants and 99% of cells that expressed wild-type PD-L1 induced resistance to PD-L1 blockade in the MC38 syngeneic xenograft model. Moreover, anti–PD-1 (aPD-1) antibody treatment overcame the resistance mediated by the secreted PD-L1 variants. Collectively, our results elucidated a novel resistant mechanism of PD-L1 blockade antibody mediated by secreted PD-L1 variants.

Cancer ◽  
2010 ◽  
Vol 117 (6) ◽  
pp. 1262-1271 ◽  
Nathan R. Foster ◽  
Yingwei Qi ◽  
Qian Shi ◽  
James E. Krook ◽  
John W. Kugler ◽  

2019 ◽  
Vol 144 (11) ◽  
pp. 2854-2866
Shen Zhao ◽  
Zhonghan Zhang ◽  
Yaxiong Zhang ◽  
Shaodong Hong ◽  
Ting Zhou ◽  

2020 ◽  
Vol 52 (9) ◽  
pp. 1550-1563
Jae-Won Cho ◽  
Min Hee Hong ◽  
Sang-Jun Ha ◽  
Young-Joon Kim ◽  
Byoung Chul Cho ◽  

Abstract Although approved programmed cell death protein (PD)-1 inhibitors show durable responses, clinical benefits to these agents are only seen in one-third of patients in most cancer types. Therefore, strategies for improving the response to PD-1 inhibitor for treating various cancers including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) are urgently needed. Compared with genome and transcriptome, tumor DNA methylome in anti-PD-1 response was relatively unexplored. We compared the pre-treatment methylation status of cis-regulatory elements between responders and non-responders to treatment with nivolumab or pembrolizumab using the Infinium Methylation EPIC Array, which can profile ~850,000 CpG sites, including ~350,000 CpG sites located in enhancer regions. Then, we analyzed differentially methylated regions overlapping promoters (pDMRs) or enhancers (eDMRs) between responders and non-responders to PD-1 inhibitors. We identified 1007 pDMRs and 607 eDMRs associated with the anti-PD-1 response. We also identified 1109 and 1173 target genes putatively regulated by these pDMRs and eDMRs, respectively. We found that eDMRs contribute to the epigenetic regulation of the anti-PD-1 response more than pDMRs. Hypomethylated pDMRs of Cytohesin 1 Interacting Protein (CYTIP) and TNF superfamily member 8 (TNFSF8) were more predictive than programmed cell death protein ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression for anti-PD-1 response and progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) in a validation cohort, suggesting their potential as predictive biomarkers for anti-PD-1 immunotherapy. The catalog of promoters and enhancers differentially methylated between responders and non-responders to PD-1 inhibitors presented herein will guide the development of biomarkers and therapeutic strategies for improving anti-PD-1 immunotherapy in NSCLC.

2019 ◽  
Vol 33 (3) ◽  
pp. 380-390 ◽  
Moritz Widmaier ◽  
Tobias Wiestler ◽  
Jill Walker ◽  
Craig Barker ◽  
Marietta L. Scott ◽  

Abstract Tumor programmed cell death ligand-1 (PD-L1) expression is a key biomarker to identify patients with non-small cell lung cancer who may have an enhanced response to anti-programmed cell death-1 (PD-1)/PD-L1 treatment. Such treatments are used in conjunction with PD-L1 diagnostic immunohistochemistry assays. We developed a computer-aided automated image analysis with customized PD-L1 scoring algorithm that was evaluated via correlation with manual pathologist scores and used to determine comparability across PD-L1 immunohistochemistry assays. The image analysis scoring algorithm was developed to quantify the percentage of PD-L1 positive tumor cells on scans of whole-slide images of archival tumor samples from commercially available non-small cell lung cancer cases, stained with four immunohistochemistry PD-L1 assays (Ventana SP263 and SP142 and Dako 22C3 and 28-8). The scans were co-registered and tumor and exclusion annotations aligned to ensure that analysis of each case was restricted to comparable tissue areas. Reference pathologist scores were available from previous studies. F1, a statistical measure of precision and recall, and overall percentage agreement scores were used to assess concordance between pathologist and image analysis scores and between immunohistochemistry assays. In total, 471 PD-L1-evalulable samples were amenable to image analysis scoring. Image analysis and pathologist scores were highly concordant, with F1 scores ranging from 0.8 to 0.9 across varying matched PD-L1 cutoffs. Based on F1 and overall percentage agreement scores (both manual and image analysis scoring), the Ventana SP263 and Dako 28-8 and 22C3 assays were concordant across a broad range of cutoffs; however, the Ventana SP142 assay showed very different characteristics. In summary, a novel automated image analysis scoring algorithm was developed that was highly correlated with pathologist scores. The algorithm permitted quantitative comparison of existing PD-L1 diagnostic assays, confirming previous findings that indicate a high concordance between the Ventana SP263 and Dako 22C3 and 28-8 PD-L1 immunohistochemistry assays.

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