Palliative concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) is often administered to patients with stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We investigated the clinical outcomes of patients receiving palliative CCRT for NSCLC. Data of patients with NSCLC who underwent palliative CCRT (n=16), preoperative CCRT plus surgery (n=97), or definitive CCRT (n=48) were evaluated. In all groups, the concurrent chemotherapy regimens consisted of cisplatin and docetaxel. Rates of local control (LC), distant metastasis-free survival (DMFS), progression-free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS), and prognosis were compared. The 2-year rates of LC, DMFS, PFS, and OS in 16 patients who underwent palliative CCRT were 44.4%, 12.5%, 12.5%, and 18.8%, respectively. Univariate analysis showed that palliative CCRT was associated with poor LC (p<0.001), DMFS (p<0.001), PFS (p<0.001), and OS (p<0.001) outcomes in patients who completed CCRT as a preoperative treatment and poor LC (p=0.01), DMFS (p=0.003), PFS (p=0.04), and OS (p=0.004) outcomes in patients who were considered for definitive CCRT. Although there were some long-term survivors, the clinical outcomes of palliative CCRT were significantly inferior to those of the ideal treatments. Therefore, careful determination of the appropriate treatment indications and further studies are warranted.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Acta medica Okayama|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
- palliative concurrent chemoradiotherapy
- stage III non-small cell lung cancer
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)