Characteristics of long-term and short-term survivors of metastatic renal cell carcinoma treated with targeted therapies: Results from the international mrcc database consortium

André P. Fay, Wanling L. Xie, Jae Lyn Lee, Lauren C. Harshman, Georg A. Bjarnason, Jennifer J. Knox, Scott Ernst, Lori Wood, Ulka N. Vaishamayan, Takeshi Yuasa, Min Han Tan, Sun Young Rha, Frede Donskov, Neeraj Agarwal, Christian K. Kollmannsberger, Scott A. North, Brian I. Rini, Toni K. Choueiri, Daniel Y.C. Heng

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Background Targeted therapies improve survival in metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC). However, survival patterns can be divergent, and patients at the 2 extremes of the survival spectrum need to be characterized. Patients and Methods Data from 2161 patients included in the International mRCC Database Consortium (IMDC) were analyzed. We identified patients on the basis of their duration of survival. Long-term survival (LTS) was defined as overall survival (OS) of ≥ 4 years, and short-term survival (STS) was defined as OS of ≤ 6 months from the start of targeted therapy. Baseline characteristics, including demographic, clinicopathologic, and laboratory data, were compared between LTS and STS. Treatment response by the RECIST criteria was summarized for the 2 survival groups. Results A total of 152 patients experienced LTS and 218 experienced STS. Adverse clinical and laboratory prognostic factors previously described in the IMDC prognostic model were significantly more frequent in the STS group (P < .0001). In the LTS group, 138 patients (91%) had nonprogressive disease (non-PD) as best response to first-line targeted therapy, and 56 (60%) of 94 patients who received second-line therapy had non-PD. In the STS group, only 51 patients (23%) had non-PD on first-line therapy. None of 21 the patients who received second-line therapy had non-PD as best response. In LTS, the median duration of therapy was 23.6 months (range 0.4 to 81.8+ months) for first-line therapy and 11.5 months (range 0.6 to 45.7 months) for second-line therapy, compared to 2.0 and 0.8 months for the STS group, respectively. Conclusion Baseline prognostic criteria and absence of PD after first and second-line targeted therapy may characterize long-term survival.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-155
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Genitourinary Cancer
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Apr 1

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Funding Information:
This work was conducted as part of the IMDC database. We thank the DF/HCC Kidney Cancer SPORE, Trust Family, and the Michael Brigham Funds for Kidney Cancer Research (T.K.C.). This work was supported in part by DF/HCC Kidney Cancer SPORE P50 CA101942-01 .

Funding Information:
L.C.H.: Advisory boards at Aveo, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb; Past research funding: BMS, Novartis. M.H.T. has filed for patents on molecular predictors of survival, drug response, and toxicity in patients with RCC. U.N.V.: Consultant speaker and research support from Novartis and speaker for Pfizer. J.J.K.: Research support: Pfizer and Novartis. G.A.B.: Speaker for Pfizer, GSK, and Novartis; grant support from Pfizer. T.K.C.: Consultancy: Pfizer, Novartis; Advisory board: Pfizer, Novartis, Aveo, GlaxoSmithKline, Exelixis; Research: Pfizer; No Speakers bureau. C.K.: Advisory roles at Pfizer, Novartis, and GlaxoSmithKline; Honoraria and research funding from Pfizer, Novartis, and GlaxoSmithKline. B.I.R.: Advisory role at Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Aveo, Bayer, Onyx, and has received research funding from GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer. F.D.: Research grants from Novartis and GSK. L.W.: Research: Pfizer, Novartis, GSK; advisory boards, but no financial compensation, from Pfizer and Novartis. D.Y.C.H.: Consultancy: Bayer, Novartis, and Pfizer. All remaining authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Urology


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