External Validation of a Clinical Score for Patients With Neuroendocrine Tumors Under Consideration for Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy

Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy (PRRT) has been around for a while and doctors are learning all the time about the most likely candidates. Selection of candidates and predictions on who will benefit most are still not an exact science (….and possibly never will be).  Neuroendocrine Neoplasms are a heterogenous grouping of cancers, and heterogeneity also includes (but is not limited to) age, stage, gender, functional/non-functional, and pre-existing condition constraints. All of this complicates the task of therapeutic decision-making and sequencing. 

The attached cohort study aims to bound the issue and describe a method of allocating a Clinical Score (CS) to assist doctors and patients in their decision-making. According to the lead author, the CS is the initial prognostic score to help NET patients anticipate expected benefit from PRRT and is ready for use in the clinic (although the actual document does suggest it requires prospective confirmation from ongoing clinical trials). 

This is progress. 

Conclusions

This cohort study has found the Clinical Score (CS) to be the first validated clinical metric, to our knowledge, which can estimate the anticipated benefit from 177Lu-dotatate for individual patients. Our study findings suggest that using 177Lu-dotatate when patients are less pretreated and possess a lower degree of metastatic involvement may optimize treatment outcomes; this notion, however, requires prospective confirmation from ongoing clinical trials. Click on the heading below to read.

External Validation of a Clinical Score for Patients With Neuroendocrine Tumors Under Consideration for Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy | Oncology | JAMA Network Open | JAMA Network (click here)

Original Investigation
Oncology
January 19, 2022
External Validation of a Clinical Score for Patients With Neuroendocrine Tumors Under Consideration for Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy

Author Affiliations 

  • 1Division of Hematology and Oncology, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, Lexington
  • 3Department of Biostatistics, Vanderbilt University of Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 4Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Department of Medicine, Lousiana State University, New Orleans
  • 5Department of Medicine, Rush Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
  • 6Department of Medicine, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago
  • 7Department of Radiology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(1):e2144170. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.44170

Further reading:

All you need to know about Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy (PRRT) – Ronny Allan – Living with Neuroendocrine Cancer

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I wrote about another paper from Italy which looks at the issues of selecting patients and evaluating responses to PRRT – click on the picture below to read. 

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