Durvalumab After Concurrent Chemoradiotherapy in Elderly Patients With Unresectable Stage III Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer (PACIFIC)

Socinski M. A., ÖZGÜROĞLU M., Villegas A., Daniel D., Vicente D., Murakami S., ...More

CLINICAL LUNG CANCER, vol.22, no.6, pp.549-561, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.cllc.2021.05.009
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.549-561
  • Keywords: Exploratory analysis, Immune-checkpoint inhibitors, Patient-reported outcomes, Survival, Safety, IMMUNE CHECKPOINT INHIBITORS, YOUNGER PATIENTS, POOLED ANALYSIS, SURVIVAL, NSCLC, EFFICACY, OUTCOMES, TRIAL, OLDER
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: No


Elderly patients experience high rates of NSCLC-related mortality. We assessed outcomes from PACIFIC with a post-hoc (70-year) age threshold. Consolidation durvalumab (post-chemoradiotherapy) improved PFS and OS in patients aged >70 and < 70 with manageable safety and no detrimental impact on patient-reported outcomes versus placebo; grade 3/4 and serious AEs were more common with durvalumab vs. placebo among patients aged >70. Background: The PACIFIC trial demonstrated that consolidation durvalumab significantly improved PFS and OS (the primary endpoints) vs. placebo in patients with unresectable, stage III NSCLC whose disease had not progressed after platinum-based, concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CRT). We report exploratory analyses of outcomes from PACIFIC by age. Patients and Methods: Patients were randomized 2:1 (1-42 days post-CRT) to receive 12-months' durvalumab (10 mg/kg intravenously every-2-weeks) or placebo. We analyzed PFS and OS (unstratified Cox-proportional-hazards models), safety and patient-reported outcomes (PROs: symptoms, functioning, and global-health-status/quality-of-life) in subgroups defined by a post-hoc 70-year age threshold. Data cut-off for PFS was February 13, 2017 and for OS, safety and PROs was March 22, 2018. Results: Overall, 158 of 713 (22.2%) and 555 of 713 (77.8%) randomized patients were aged >70 and < 70 years, respectively. Durvalumab improved PFS and OS among patients aged >70 (PFS: hazard ratio [HR], 0.62 [95% CI, 0.41-0.95]; OS: HR, 0.78 [95% CI, 0.50-1.22]) and < 70 (PFS: HR, 0.53 [95% CI, 0.42-0.67]; OS: HR, 0.66 [95% CI, 0.51-0.87]), although the estimated HR-95% CI for OS crossed one among patients aged >70. Durvalumab exhibited a manageable safety profile and did not detrimentally affect PROs vs. placebo, regardless of age; grade 3/4 (41.6% vs. 25.5%) and serious adverse events (42.6% vs. 25.5%) were more common with durvalumab vs. placebo among patients aged >70. Conclusion: Durvalumab was associated with treatment benefit, manageable safety, and no detrimental impact on PROs, irrespective of age, suggesting that elderly patients with unresectable, stage III NSCLC benefit from treatment with consolidation durvalumab after CRT. However, small subgroup sizes and imbalances in baseline factors prevent robust conclusions.