Prognostic impact of blood transfusion in patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer receiving chemotherapy

Lung Cancer. 2019 Jul;133:38-44. doi: 10.1016/j.lungcan.2019.05.007. Epub 2019 May 6.


Purpose: To investigate the prognostic effects of Allogeneic Blood Transfusion (ABT) in patients with metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) receiving Chemotherapy (CT) in the first-line treatment, comparing untransfused patients to those receiving blood transfusion during treatment period or before treatment period.

Methods: This was a retrospective study of 433 patients with metastatic NSCLC receiving CT in the first-line treatment. Patients were categorized into 3 groups according to the transfusion strategy as follows; group-U(Untransfused patients, n = 303), group-B(patients receiving transfusion Before treatment period, n = 43), and group-D(patients receiving transfusion During treatment period, n = 87).

Results: There were 433 patients in the analysis, consisting of 388 (89.6%) males, with a median age of 60 years(range, 21-92). The median Overall Survival(mOS) according to the ABT was 14 months for group-U, 9 months for group-B, and 7 months for group-D (p < 0.001). In subgroup analysis, patients with squamous cell carcinoma subtype, mOS was 11 months for group-U, 12 months for group-B, and 9 month for group-D (p = 0.074) The corresponding mOS durations for adenocarcinoma subtype were 21 months, 7 months, and 6 months (p < 0.001). Performing ABT during treatment period was found to be a negative independent factor related to OS (HR 1.50 for progression-free survival, 95% CI 1.15-1.97, HR 1.36 for OS, 95% CI 1.04-1.80).

Conclusion: Our results demonstrated that ABT was significantly associated with earlier progression and shorter survival in patients with metastatic NSCLC, especially in adenocarcinoma histology, hence suggesting that transfusion strategy in this group should remain limited, and its benefit should outweigh the risk of progression.

Keywords: Allogeneic blood transfusion; Chemotherapy; Lung cancer; Non-small cell lung adenocarcinoma; Prognosis; Survival.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use
  • Blood Transfusion / methods*
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / diagnosis
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / mortality
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Lung Neoplasms / mortality
  • Lung Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Metastasis
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Prognosis
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Survival Analysis
  • Transplantation, Homologous
  • Young Adult