A genomic strategy to refine prognosis in early stage non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC).


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7026 Background. Although stage-specific classification identifies appropriate populations for adjuvant chemotherapy, this is likely an imprecise predictor for the individual patient with early stage NSCLC. METHODS: Using previously-described methodologies that employ DNA microarray data, multiple gene expression profiles ('metagenes') that predict risk of recurrence in patients with stage I disease were identified. This analysis used an initial 'test' cohort of patients with NSCLC (n = 89) that represented an equal mix of squamous cell and adenocarcinoma. Also, each histologic subset had equal number of patients who survived more than 5 years and those who died within 2.5 years of initial diagnosis. The performance of the metagene-based model generated on the training cohort was then evaluated in independent 'validation' sets, including two multi-center cooperative group studies (ACOSOG Z0030 and CALGB 9761). Importantly, the CALGB validation was performed in a blinded fashion. RESULTS: Classification tree analyses that sample multiple gene expression profiles were used to develop a model of recurrence, termed the Lung Metagene Model, that accurately assesses prognosis (risk of recurrence and survival), performing significantly (p<0.001, odds ratio: 16.1, multivariate analysis) better than pathologic stage, T-size, nodal status, age, gender, histologic subtype and smoking history. The accuracy of prognosis using the Lung Metagene Model exceeded 90% (leave-one-out cross validation) in the initial training set (n = 89), 72% in the ACOSOG (n = 25), and 81% in the CALGB (n = 84) datasets. The prognostic accuracy was consistent across histologic subtypes and stages of NSCLC. Importantly, this provides an opportunity to re-classify stage IA patients to identify a subset of 'high risk' patients that may benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy. Further, stage IB and II patients identified as 'low risk' for recurrence, and who present co-morbidities, could potentially be candidates for observation, and those patients predicted to be at 'high risk' may benefit from novel therapeutic trials. CONCLUSIONS: The Lung Metagene Model provides a mechanism to refine the estimation of an individual patient's risk for disease recurrence and thus guide the use of adjuvant chemotherapy in NSCLC. No significant financial relationships to disclose.

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Cited Authors

  • Harpole, DH; Petersen, R; Mukherjee, S; Bild, A; Dressman, H; Kratzke, R; Kelley, MJ; Garst, J; Crawford, J; Nevins, JR; Potti, A

Published Date

  • June 20, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 18_suppl

Start / End Page

  • 7026 -

PubMed ID

  • 27953212

Pubmed Central ID

  • 27953212

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1527-7755


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States