Mature Outcomes of 61.2 Gy Concomitant Boost (CB) Thoracic Radiotherapy (TRT) in Limited Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer (LSCLC): CALGB 30610 (Alliance) / RTOG 0538

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  • PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE(S): We report mature outcomes of LSCLC patients randomized to the 61.2 Gy CB TRT arm of CALGB 30610/RTOG 0538. The study initially included 2 experimental arms, 61.2 Gy CB TRT over 5 weeks and 70 Gy daily (QD) over 7 weeks, both with higher predicted biologic efficacy than standard 45 Gy twice-daily (BID)TRT. The CB arm was discontinued after planned early interim analysis comparing toxicity in the experimental arms, but the study provides the largest prospective dataset assessing 61.2 Gy CB TRT in LSCLC MATERIALS/METHODS: Eligible patients had LSCLC with regional lymph node involvement, excluding contralateral hilar and supraclavicular nodes, and ECOG PS 0-2. TRT began with either the first or 2nd (of 4 total) cycle of cisplatin-based chemotherapy, and prophylactic cranial radiotherapy was recommended in cases of complete (or near complete) response. In the initial phase of the trial, patients were randomized with a 1:1:1 allocation to 45 Gy BID, 70 Gy QD and 61.2 Gy CB TRT. A decision to drop an experimental arm was mandated after toxicity data was available for approximately 70 patients in each cohort. Although toxicity was similar in both experimental arms, a decision was made to discontinue the 61.2 Gy cohort after discussion with the DSMB. RESULTS: From March 2008 until March 2013 (when the cohort was discontinued), 93 patients were assigned to receive 61.2 Gy CB TRT. The median age was 62 years (range 41 to 77), the majority of patients were Caucasian (86%), male (51%), ECOG PS 0-1 (95%). Most patients started TRT with the first chemotherapy cycle (65%) and had 3D planning (63%). After median follow up of 7 years for surviving patients, median overall survival (OS) and progression free survival were 32.3 months (95% CI: 21.1-44.8) and 15.6 months (95% CI: 10.0-27.5), respectively. Two-year OS was 57% (95% CI: 0.47-0.68), with 28% OS (95% CI: 0.2-0.4) at 5 years. Rates of grade 3 and 4 hematologic adverse events (AEs) were 20.5% and 59.1%, with 40.9% and 25% Grade 3 and 4 non-hematologic AEs. Grade 3+ dysphagia and dyspnea were 16% and 7%, respectively. There were 4 Grade 5 AEs, including one patient with febrile neutropenia. CONCLUSION: Outcomes are similar to the contemporaneous CONVERT trial, and compare favorably to the prior phase II trial examining 61.2 Gy CB TRT (RTOG 0239) in LSCLC, despite the allowance of early stage (N0) disease in those studies. The improvement in OS compared with RTOG 0239 is likely attributed to improved staging and advances in radiotherapy planning and delivery, though additional factors may have contributed. Support: U10CA180821, U10CA180882; U10CA180868 (NRG), U10CA180888 (SWOG); Id: NCT00632853.
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  • Bogart JA; Wang X; Masters G; Gao J; Komaki-Cox RU; Gaspar LE; Heymach J; Dobelbower MC; Kuzma C; Waqar S
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  • S89
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  • 111
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