Background. The Trastuzumab for Gastric Cancer phase III trial demonstrated that combining trastuzumab with chemotherapy significantly improved overall survival compared with chemotherapy alone in HER2-positive advanced gastric or gastroesophageal junction cancer. We report health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and quality-adjusted time without symptomsofdisease or toxicity (Q-TWiST) results from this trial. Patients and Methods. Patients were randomized to receive six cycles of chemotherapy given every 3 weeks (capecitabine or fluorouracil, plus cisplatin) either alone or combined with administration of trastuzumab every 3 weeks until disease progression. At each clinical visit, HRQoL was assessed using two European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer quality of life questionnaires, QLQ-C30 and QLQSTO22. Q-TWiST methodology was applied retrospectively using the clinical data and utility coefficients. Results. Trastuzumab plus chemotherapy prolonged time to 10% definitive deterioration in all QLQ-C30 and QLQ-STO22 scores, including QLQ-C30 global health status versus chemotherapy alone, from 6.4 months to 10.2 months. In addition, trastuzumab plus chemotherapy extended Q-TWiST by 2.42 months compared with chemotherapy alone. Conclusion. Compared with chemotherapy alone, trastuzumab plus chemotherapy prolongs time to deterioration of HRQoL and increases quality-adjusted survival in patients with HER2-positive gastric or gastroesophageal junction cancer.
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- Cancer Research