Adjuvant Systemic Chemotherapy vs Active Surveillance Following Up-front Resection of Isolated Synchronous Colorectal Peritoneal Metastases

Koen P. Rovers, Checca Bakkers, Felice N. van Erning, Jacobus W. A. Burger, Simon W. Nienhuijs, Geert A. A. M. Simkens, Geert-Jan M. Creemers, Patrick H. J. Hemmer, Cornelis J. A. Punt, Valery E. P. P. Lemmens, Pieter J. Tanis, Ignace H. J. T. de Hingh*

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    Key PointsQuestionIs adjuvant systemic chemotherapy associated with improved overall survival compared with active surveillance in patients undergoing up-front resection of isolated synchronous colorectal peritoneal metastases? FindingsIn this Dutch nationwide propensity score-matched cohort study including 393 patients, adjuvant systemic chemotherapy was associated with improved overall survival (median, 39 months) compared with active surveillance (median, 25 months). This difference in survival rates was statistically significant. MeaningIn this study, adjuvant systemic chemotherapy was associated with improved overall survival following up-front resection of isolated synchronous colorectal peritoneal metastases; however, randomized trials are needed to address the influence of potential residual confounding and allocation bias on this association.

    ImportanceTo date, there are no data on the value of adjuvant systemic chemotherapy following up-front resection of isolated synchronous colorectal peritoneal metastases. ObjectiveTo assess the association between adjuvant systemic chemotherapy and overall survival following up-front resection of isolated synchronous colorectal peritoneal metastases. Design, Setting, and ParticipantsIn this population-based, observational cohort study using nationwide data from the Netherlands Cancer Registry (diagnoses between January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2017; follow-up until January 31, 2019), 393 patients with isolated synchronous colorectal peritoneal metastases who were alive 3 months after up-front complete cytoreductive surgery with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy were included. Patients allocated to the adjuvant systemic chemotherapy group were matched (1:1) with those allocated to the active surveillance group by propensity scores based on patient-, tumor-, and treatment-level covariates. ExposuresAdjuvant systemic chemotherapy, defined as systemic chemotherapy without targeted therapy, starting within 3 months postoperatively. Main Outcomes and MeasuresOverall survival was compared between matched groups using Cox proportional hazards regression analysis adjusted for residual imbalance. A landmark analysis was performed by excluding patients who died within 6 months postoperatively. A sensitivity analysis was performed to adjust for unmeasured confounding by major postoperative morbidity. ResultsOf 393 patients (mean [SD] age, 61 [10] years; 181 [46%] men), 172 patients (44%) were allocated to the adjuvant systemic chemotherapy group. After propensity score matching of 142 patients in the adjuvant systemic chemotherapy group with 142 patients in the active surveillance group, adjuvant systemic chemotherapy was associated with improved overall survival compared with active surveillance (median, 39.2 [interquartile range, 21.1-111.1] months vs 24.8 [interquartile range, 15.0-58.4] months; adjusted hazard ratio [aHR], 0.66; 95% CI, 0.49-0.88; P=.006), which remained consistent after excluding patients who died within 6 months postoperatively (aHR, 0.68; 95% CI, 0.50-0.93; P=.02) and after adjustment for major postoperative morbidity (aHR, 0.71; 95% CI, 0.53-0.95). Conclusions and RelevanceFindings of this study suggest that in patients undergoing up-front resection of isolated synchronous colorectal peritoneal metastases, adjuvant systemic chemotherapy appeared to be associated with improved overall survival. Although randomized trials are needed to address the influence of potential residual confounding and allocation bias on this association, results of this study may be used for clinical decision-making in this patient group for whom no data are available.

    This cohort study compares survival with adjuvant systemic chemotherapy vs active surveillance in patients with up-front resection of isolated synchronous colorectal peritoneal metastases.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number202701
    Number of pages9
    JournalJAMA oncology
    Volume6
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug-2020

    Keywords

    • HYPERTHERMIC INTRAPERITONEAL CHEMOTHERAPY
    • III COLON-CANCER
    • CYTOREDUCTIVE SURGERY
    • OPEN-LABEL
    • PLUS OXALIPLATIN
    • LIVER METASTASES
    • PROPENSITY-SCORE
    • PHASE-III
    • CARCINOMATOSIS
    • ORIGIN

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