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First-Line Osimertinib Efficacy During COVID-19 Pandemic

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First-line osimertinib for EGFR-mutated NSCLC patients during COVID-19 showed efficacy and safety, with notable outcomes and challenges.
Abstract and Introduction FLAURA trial improved OS with first-line osimertinib for EGFR-mutated NSCLC. Study assessed osimertinib efficacy and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Identified patients in British Columbia, Canada, from March 2020 to December 2021. Analyzed OS, PFS, baseline characteristics, and adverse events. Pneumonitis and dose reductions' impact on OS evaluated. 231 individuals in the cohort, with significant findings on patient demographics and outcomes. Results 58.7% of patients diagnosed with de novo advanced NSCLC in the Emergency Room. Median PFS was 18.0 months, and OS was 25.4 months. Factors like age, ECOG PS, smoking status, and mutation type influenced PFS. 33.6% of progressed patients received subsequent therapy. 16.5% developed grade ≥3 adverse events, with 3.9% incidence of pneumonitis. 10.8% of patients developed COVID-19. Conclusions ECOG PS ≥2 in half of patients led to shorter OS than FLAURA. Low incidence of severe adverse events, and dose reductions did not affect OS. Emphasized the need to address barriers to NSCLC diagnosis during COVID-19. Introduction EGFR TKIs improved prognosis for advanced NSCLC patients. Osimertinib demonstrated superior outcomes in FLAURA trial. Knowledge gaps exist in real-world efficacy and safety of osimertinib. Study aimed to evaluate survival outcomes and prognostic factors during COVID-19.
Median PFS: 18.0 months [95% CI: 16.1–26.2] Median OS: 25.4 months (95% CI: 20.3–not reached) Pneumonitis incidence: 3.9% Hazard ratio for pneumonitis impact on OS: 2.59, 95% CI: 0.94–7.12, P=0.066 COVID-19 incidence: 10.8%
"Identifying and reducing barriers to the diagnosis of NSCLC during the COVID-19 pandemic are required." "ECOG PS ≥2 was observed in nearly half of patients at treatment initiation contributing to a median OS shorter than in FLAURA."

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by Suganija Lak... at 09-13-2023
First-Line Osimertinib for Patients With EGFR Advanced NSCLC

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How can healthcare systems address barriers to NSCLC diagnosis during a pandemic?

During a pandemic, healthcare systems can address barriers to NSCLC diagnosis by implementing telemedicine and virtual consultations to ensure patients can still receive timely evaluations and screenings. Providing clear guidelines for primary care physicians on when to refer patients for further testing can help in early detection. Additionally, creating dedicated pathways for suspected cancer cases to expedite diagnostic workup and reducing the burden on healthcare facilities overwhelmed by pandemic-related cases can improve access to timely diagnosis for NSCLC patients.

What are the implications of ECOG PS ≥2 on treatment outcomes in NSCLC patients?

ECOG PS ≥2 in NSCLC patients can have significant implications on treatment outcomes. Patients with a higher ECOG PS may experience reduced tolerance to treatment, increased risk of adverse events, and poorer overall survival. They may require closer monitoring, dose adjustments, or supportive care interventions to manage treatment-related toxicities. Additionally, patients with ECOG PS ≥2 may have limited physical functioning, impacting their quality of life and ability to adhere to treatment regimens, which can further affect treatment outcomes.

How can real-world data on osimertinib efficacy during COVID-19 guide future treatment strategies?

Real-world data on osimertinib efficacy during COVID-19 can guide future treatment strategies by providing insights into the real-world effectiveness and safety of the drug in a diverse patient population. Understanding how osimertinib performs outside of clinical trial settings, especially during a pandemic, can help healthcare providers make informed decisions about treatment selection and management. This data can inform treatment guidelines, support personalized medicine approaches, and contribute to optimizing treatment strategies for NSCLC patients, particularly in challenging circumstances like a pandemic.