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The prognostic and predictive impact of inflammatory biomarkers in patients who have advanced-stage cancer treated with immunotherapy



The prognostic and predictive impact of inflammatory biomarkers in patients who have advanced-stage cancer treated with immunotherapy



Cancer 2018



Optimal prognostic and predictive biomarkers for patients with advanced-stage cancer patients who received immunotherapy (IO) are lacking. Inflammatory markers, such as the neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR), the monocyte-to-lymphocyte ratio (MLR), and the platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio (PLR), are readily available. The authors investigated the association between these markers and clinical outcomes of patients with advanced-stage cancer who received IO. A retrospective review was conducted of 90 patients with advanced cancer who received treatment on phase 1 clinical trials of IO-based treatment regimens. NLR, MLR, and PLR values were log-transformed and treated as continuous variables for each patient. Overall survival (OS), progression-free survival (PFS), and clinical benefit were used to measure clinical outcomes. For univariate associations and multivariable analyses, Cox proportional-hazards models or logistic regression models were used. The median patient age was 63 years, and most were men (59%). The most common histologies were melanoma (33%) and gastrointestinal cancers (22%). High baseline NLR, MLR, and PLR values were associated significantly with worse OS and PFS (P < .05) and a lower chance of benefit (NLR and PLR; P < .05). Increased NLR, MLR, and PLR values 6 weeks after baseline were associated with shorter OS and PFS (P ≤ .052). Baseline and early changes in NLR, MLR, and PLR values were strongly associated with clinical outcomes in patients who received IO-based treatment regimens on phase 1 trials. Confirmation in a homogenous patient population treated on late-stage trials or outside of trial settings is warranted. These values may warrant consideration for inclusion when risk stratifying patients enrolled onto phase 1 clinical trials of IO agents.

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DOI: 10.1002/cncr.31778


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