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Patterns of long-term survival following Ipilimumab (Ipi): the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 10-year metastatic melanoma (MM) experience

Background

In two Phase III randomized trials in MM, Ipi improved median overall survival (OS) [1, 2]. Here, we evaluate OS and characterize post-Ipi treatment patterns among long-term survivors from a single-institution cohort of patients (pts) treated with Ipi.

Methods

Through a search of institutional databases, we identified 766 pts with MM treated with Ipi between 1/1/2003 and 12/31/2013. As of 4/1/2014, 96 pts have survived ≥2 yrs, measured from first dose of Ipi. OS was calculated utilizing the Kaplan-Meier method. Disease control was defined as the duration from initiation of Tx until initiation of subsequent systemic Tx or death.

Results

With a median follow-up of 17mo (range 0-9yr), the median OS for the entire cohort of 766 pts was 15mo, with a 2-yr OS of 41%. Of the 80 pts with OS ≥2 yrs post-Ipi for whom data are available, 75% (n = 60/80) remain alive and 30% (n = 24/80) remain progression-free following Ipi, with median Ipi disease control of 15mo (range: 3 to 107+mo). Among pts with progression (n = 56), 57% exhibited disseminated progression, 29% oligometastatic progression, and 15% CNS-only progression. The most frequent Tx at first progression was locoregional (n = 29), employed at a median of 11mo post-Ipi (range: 3 to 55mo) and associated with median 15+mos disease control (range 1 to 73+mo) (table 1). In pts requiring post-Ipi systemic Tx, long-term disease control was observed across multiple systemic Tx's (table 2).

Table 1 Pts receiving locoregional Tx at first progression.
Table 2 Post-Ipi Systemic Txs.

Conclusion

Within this single-institution cohort, the median OS and 2-yr OS were greater than reported previously in Phase III trials [1, 2]. Potential reasons for this survival advantage include: referral bias, heterogeneous Ipi dosing/schedule, and access to subsequent trials (i.e. anti-PD-1/PD-L1, BRAF inhibitor). The majority of long-term survivors required subsequent Tx, however prolonged disease control was achieved with a range of Tx's. Pts who experience oligometastatic/CNS-only progression following Ipi may achieve prolonged disease control with locoregional Tx alone.

References

  1. 1.

    Hodi F, O'Day S, McDermott D: Improved Survival with Ipilimumab in patients with metastatic melanoma. N Engl J Med. 363: 711-23.

  2. 2.

    Robert C, Thomas L, Bondarenko I: Ipilimumab plus dacarbazine for previously untreated metastatic melanoma. N Engl J Med. 364: 2517-26.

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Correspondence to David B Page.

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Keywords

  • Melanoma
  • Overall Survival
  • Disease Control
  • Median Overall Survival
  • Survival Advantage