Background: There is no published overview of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) failure modes in advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). This study aimed to classify the diversity of EGFR-TKI failure, and to investigate the usefulness of clinical modes in subsequent management and prognosis.
Methods: One-hundred and twenty consecutive clinical trial patients with EGFR-TKI failure were enrolled as the training set to establish a clinical model based on clinical factors. Another 107 routine patients were enrolled as the validating set according to a Bayes discriminant analysis. EGFR mutations and c-MET amplification were analyzed. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis was used to test the differences among three clinical modes and subsequent management.
Results: The duration of disease control, evolution of tumor burden, and clinical symptom were verified as feasible grouping variables. A correct grouping rate achieved 87.9%. The cohort was classified into three groups, as follows: 130 patients with dramatic progression, 42 with gradual progression, and 55 with local progression. Progression-free survivals (PFSs) for the dramatic progression, gradual progression, and local progression groups were 9.3, 12.9, and 9.2 months, respectively (P = 0.007). Overall survivals for the groups (OSs) were 17.1, 39.4, and 23.1 months, respectively (P < 0.001). TKI continuation was superior to switching chemotherapy in a subsequent setting for gradual progression (39.4 months vs. 17.8 months; P = 0.02). The difference of EGFR or c-MET among the three groups was not significant.
Conclusions: Clinical modes of EGFR-TKI failure could favor strategies for subsequent treatment and predicting a survival benefit in advanced NSCLC.
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