Evaluation of in vitro chemoresponse profiles in women with Type i and Type II epithelial ovarian cancers: An observational study ancillary analysis

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  • © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Objective Type I epithelial ovarian cancers (EOCs) are reported to be relatively chemoresistant. This study sought to compare pretreatment chemoresponse assays in Type I vs. Type II EOCs. Study design 383 women with stage III-IV EOC enrolled in an observational study, with known chemoresponse assay results for 7 common therapeutic agents, were included. Type I EOCs were defined as grade 1 serous/endometrioid cancers and all clear cell/mucinous cancers. Type II EOCs were classified as grade 2-3 serous/endometrioid cancers and undifferentiated cancers. Chemotherapy assay responses were classified as sensitive (S), intermediately sensitive (I), or resistant (R). All patients were treated with platinum/taxane therapy following cytoreductive surgery. Results Thirty (7.8%) tumors were classified as Type I EOC, and 353 (92.2%) as Type II EOC. Type I patients were younger at the time of diagnosis (median age: 57 vs. 62 years, p = 0.018) and had longer survival compared to Type II patients (mPFS: 25.8 vs. 16.4 months, HR = 1.71, p = 0.042). Eighty-six percent of Type I EOC specimens demonstrated a sensitive chemoresponse assay result to at least 1 agent; 35.7% were pan-S to all 7 agents. After adjusting for stage, debulking status, and type of EOC, multi-drug resistance was twice as likely in women with Type I EOC compared to Type II EOC (pan-R, 14.3% vs. 6.8% (p = 0.268); pan-S, 35.7% vs. 51.2% (p = 0.183)), but did not attain statistical significance. Conclusion(s) The majority of women with Type I EOC displayed assay sensitivity to at least one agent. Given the small sample size these findings need to be evaluated further.
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  • Previs R; Leath CA; Coleman RL; Herzog TJ; Krivak TC; Brower SL; Tian C; Secord AA
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  • 267
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  • 271
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  • 138
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