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Kennedy AS, Ball DS, Cohen SJ, Cohn M, Coldwell DM, Drooz A, Ehrenwald E, Kanani S, Nutting CW, Moeslein FM, Putnam SG, Rose SC, Savin MA, Schirm S, Sharma NK, Wang EA
Hepatic imaging response to radioembolization with yttrium-90-labeled resin microspheres for tumor progression during systemic chemotherapy in patients with colorectal liver metastases
J Gastrointest Oncol (2015) 6:594-604.
BACKGROUND: To assess response and the impact of imaging artifacts following radioembolization with yttrium-90-labeled resin microspheres ((90)Y-RE) based on the findings from a central independent review of patients with liver-dominant metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). METHODS: Patients with mCRC who received (90)Y-RE (SIR-Spheres((R)); Sirtex Medical, Sydney, Australia) at nine US institutions between July 2002 and December 2011 were included in the analysis. Tumor response was assessed at baseline and 3 months using either the Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) version 1.0 or 1.1. For each lesion, known artifacts affecting the interpretation of response (peri-tumoral edema and necrosis) were documented. Survivals (Kaplan-Meier analyses) were compared in responders [partial response (PR)] and non-responders [stable (SD) or progressive disease (PD)]. RESULTS: Overall, 195 patients (mean age 62 years) received (90)Y-RE after a median of 2 (range, 1-6) lines of prior chemotherapy. Using RECIST 1.0 and RECIST 1.1, 7.6% and 6.9% of patients were partial responders, 47.3% and 48.1% had SD, and 55.0% and 55.0% PD, respectively. RECIST 1.0 and RECIST 1.1 showed excellent agreement {Kappa =0.915 [95% confidence interval (CI): 0.856-0.975]}. Peri-tumoral edema was documented in 32.8%, necrosis in 48.1% and both in 57.3% of cases (using RECIST 1.0). Although baseline characteristics were similar in responders and non-responders (P>0.05), responders survived significantly longer in an analysis according to RECIST 1.0: PR median (95% CI) 25.2 (range, 9.2-49.4) months vs. SD 15.8 (range, 9.3-21.1) months vs. PD 7.1 (range, 6.0-9.5) months (P<0.0001). CONCLUSIONS: RECIST 1.0 and RECIST 1.1 imaging responses provide equivalent interpretations in the assessment of hepatic tumors following (90)Y-RE. Radiologic lesion responses at 3 months must be interpreted with caution due to the significant proportion of patients with peri-tumoral edema and necrosis, which may lead to an under-estimation of PR/SD. Nevertheless, 3-month radiologic responses were predictive of prolonged survival.
Publication Date: 2015-12-01.
PMCID: PMC4671850
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