UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology; Department of Pathology

Publication Date

2018-05-29

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Cancer Biology | Diseases | Hematology | Immunoprophylaxis and Therapy | Neoplasms | Oncology

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Extrapulmonary small cell carcinomas (ESCC) are rare but aggressive tumors. Relapses are common despite treatment with chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. Prospective data for treatment of ESCC are lacking; treatment of these cancers usually incorporates lung small cell carcinoma treatment recommendations. Cancer staging remains the most important prognostic factor. Cancer immunotherapy targeting the PD-1/PD-L1 pathway has shown efficacy in multiple tumor types, and could be an appealing treatment strategy for these rare tumors.

METHODS: We investigated PD-L1 expression by immunochemistry (IHC) in ESCCs diagnosed at University of Massachusetts Medical Center, from 1999 to 2016. 34 cases with sufficient material were selected for PD-L1 IHC analysis using clone E1L3N. PD-L1 expression was evaluated using the combined positive score (CPS). Retrospective chart review was performed. We evaluated the incidence and prognostic value of PD-L1 expression in ESCC at our institution.

RESULTS: Twelve out 34 cases (35%) had PD-L1 CPS scores > /=1. Ten cases had CPS scores ranging 1-5, whereas 2 cases had CPS scores > 80. The overall response rate to the standard chemotherapy with/without radiotherapy in the PD-L1 positive group was 80% versus 67% for the PDL-1 negative group (p-value 0.67). The median overall survival for the PD-L1 positive group, regardless of stage, was 11.5 months versus 7 months for PD-L1 negative group (p-value 0.34). Patients with limited stage disease with positive PD-L1 had a median survival of 53 months compared to 15 months for patients with PD-L1 negative limited stage (p-value 0.80).

CONCLUSIONS: This study showed that at least one third of our ESCC tissue samples expressed PD-L1. There was a trend for higher response rates to the standard chemotherapy with/without radiotherapy and improved survival in PD-L1 positive patients. Further studies are required to understand the implications of immune dysregulation in these aggressive tumors. PD-L1/PD-1 inhibitors should be investigated in this group of patients.

Keywords

Combined positive score, Extrapulmonary small cell carcinomas, PD-L1 expression and prognostic value

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DOI of Published Version

10.1186/s40425-018-0359-1

Source

J Immunother Cancer. 2018 May 29;6(1):42. doi: 10.1186/s40425-018-0359-1. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal for immunotherapy of cancer

Related Resources

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PubMed ID

29843803

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