Clarification of Definitions of Hyperprogressive Disease During Immunotherapy for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.

Baptiste Kas, Hugues Talbot, Roberto Ferrara, Colombe Richard, Jean-Philippe Lamarque, Stéphanie Pitre-Champagnat, David Planchard, Corinne Balleyguier, Benjamin Besse, Laura Mezquita, Nathalie Lassau, Caroline Caramella

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IMPORTANCE: Hyperprogressive disease (HPD) is an aggressive pattern of progression reported for patients treated with programmed cell death 1 (PD-1)/programmed cell death 1 ligand (PD-L1) inhibitors as a single agent in several studies. However, the use of different definitions of HPD introduces the risk of describing different tumoral behaviors. OBJECTIVE: To assess the accuracy of each HPD definition to identify the frequency of HPD and the association with poorer outcomes of immune-checkpoint inhibitor (ICI) treatment in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and to provide an optimized and homogenized definition based on all previous criteria for identifying HPD. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: This retrospective cohort study included 406 patients with advanced NSCLC treated with PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors from November 1, 2012, to April 5, 2017, in 8 French institutions. Measurable lesions were defined using the Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) 1.1 criteria on at least 2 computed tomographic scans before the initiation of ICI therapy and 1 computed tomographic scan during treatment. Data were analyzed from November 1, 2012, to August 1, 2019. EXPOSURES: Advanced NSCLC and treatment with PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors. MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES: Association of the definition with the related incidence and the HPD subset constitution and the association between each HPD definition and overall survival. All dynamic indexes used in the previous proposed definitions, such as the tumor growth rate (TGR) or tumor growth kinetics (TGK), were calculated before and during treatment. RESULTS: Among the 406 patients with NSCLC included in the analysis (259 male [63.8; median age at start of ICI treatment, 64 [range, 30-91] years), the different definitions resulted in incidences of the HPD phenomenon varying from 5.4n = 22; definition based on a progression pace textgreater2-fold and a time to treatment failure of textless2 months) to 18.5n = 75; definition based on the TGR ratio). The concordance between these different definitions (using the Jaccard similarity index) varied from 33.39.3 HPD was associated with poorer survival (range of median overall survival, 3.4 [95 1.9-8.4] to 6.0 [95 3.7-9.4] months). The difference between TGR before and during therapy (ΔTGR) was the most correlated with poor overall survival with an initial plateau for a larger number of patients and a slower increase, and it had the highest ability to distinguish patients with HPD from those with progressive disease not classified as HPD. In addition, an optimal threshold of ΔTGR of greater than 100 was identified for this distinction. CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE: The findings of this retrospective cohort study of patients with NSCLC suggest that the previous 5 definitions of HPD were not associated with the same tumor behavior. A new definition, based on ΔTGR of greater than 100, appeared to be associated with the characteristics expected with HPD (increase of the tumor kinetics and poor survival). Additional studies on larger groups of patients are necessary to confirm the accuracy and validate this proposed definition.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJAMA oncology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2020


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