Differential effect of age on survival in advanced NSCLC in women versus men: Analysis of recent Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) studies, with and without bevacizumab

H. A. Wakelee, S. E. Dahlberg, J. R. Brahmer, J. H. Schiller, M. C. Perry, C. J. Langer, A. B. Sandler, C. P. Belani, D. H. Johnson

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Background: The impact of age on prognosis in advanced stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) may differ by sex. Patients and methods: Eligible patients (N= 1590) from E1594, a 4-arm platinum-based chemotherapy trial, and E4599 (carboplatin/paclitaxel ± bevacizumab) chemotherapy arm were divided into male and female cohorts and separated into age groups of <60 or ≥60 years old. Eligible E4599 patients (N= 850) were similarly separated by age and sex and by treatment (±bevacizumab). Survival was calculated separately for each cohort. Results: The median survival time (MST) for women ≥60 years old treated with chemotherapy alone on E1594 and E4599 was 11.6 months versus 9.0 months for women <60 (p= 0.03). MST was 7.4 and 8.3 months for men ≥60 and <60 years old respectively (NS). In E4599 the age <60 by bevacizumab treatment interaction was statistically significant (p= 0.03) for women (younger had greater benefit), with no age effect in men. Conclusions: In this unplanned, exploratory subgroup analysis of advanced stage NSCLC ECOG trials, women ≥60 years old treated with chemotherapy live longer than men and younger women. In contrast, bevacizumab survival benefit was more pronounced in men of any age and in younger women on E4599.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)410-415
Number of pages6
JournalLung Cancer
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2012


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cancer Research

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