The impact of EGFR-TKI use on clinical outcomes of lung adenocarcinoma patients with brain metastases after Gamma Knife radiosurgery: a propensity score-matched analysis based on extended JLGK0901 dataset (JLGK0901-EGFR-TKI)
Recent advances in targeted therapy have prolonged overall survival (OS) for patients with lung cancer. The impact of epidermal growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR-TKI) on brain metastases (BM) treated with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) has not, however, been fully elucidated. We investigated the influence of post-SRS EGFR-TKI use on the efficacy and toxicity of SRS for BM from lung adenocarcinoma.
We used the updated dataset of the Japanese Leksell Gamma Knife (JLGK) 0901 study, which proved the efficacy of Gamma Knife SRS in patients with BM. Propensity score matching (PSM) analysis was employed to determine the impact of concurrent or post-SRS EGFR-TKI use on OS, neurological death, intracranial disease recurrence and SRS-related adverse events.
Among 1194 patients registered in the JLGK0901 study, 608 eligible lung adenocarcinoma patients were identified and 238 (39%) had received EGFR-TKI concurrently or during the post-SRS clinical course. After PSM, there were 200 patient pairs with/without post-SRS EGFR-TKI use. EGFR-TKI use was associated with longer OS (median 25.5 vs. 11.0 months, HR 0.60, 95% CI 0.48–0.75, p < 0.001), although the long-term OS curves eventually crossed. Distant intracranial recurrence was more likely in patients receiving EGFR-TKI (HR 1.45, 95% CI 1.12–1.89, p = 0.005). Neurological death, local recurrence and SRS-related adverse event rates did not differ significantly between the two groups.
Although patients receiving EGFR-TKI concurrently or after SRS had significantly longer OS, the local treatment efficacy and toxicity of SRS did not differ between patients with/without EGFR-TKI use.
KeywordsNon-small cell lung cancer Epidermal growth factor receptor Tyrosine kinase inhibitors Brain metastases Gamma knife radiosurgery Propensity score matching analysis
Epidermal growth factor receptor
Japanese Leksell Gamma Knife
National Cancer Institute Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events
Non-small cell lung cancer
Propensity score matching
Tyrosine kinase inhibitors
We are grateful to Bierta Barfod, M.D., M.P.H. for her help with the language editing of this manuscript.
11,000,000 Japanese Yen were provided to the JLGK0901 study by the Japan Brain Foundation.
Compliance with ethical standards
Conflict of interest
The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
The institutional review board of each facility participating in the JLGK0901 study approved all aspects of this study, and patients provided written informed consent before enrolment.
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