Aggarwal and Girard Analyze Data Amassed With Durvalumab in Unresectable Stage III NSCLC


Dr. Aggarwal and Dr. Girard discuss the significance of the 5-year survival data from the pivotal PACIFIC trial and the real-world benefit of the study regimen in patients with unresectable stage III non–small cell lung cancer.

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In today’s episode, sponsored by AstraZeneca, we had the pleasure of speaking with Charu Aggarwal, MD, MPH, a medical oncologist at Abramson Cancer Center of Penn Medicine and the Leslye M. Heisler Associate Professor for Lung Cancer Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, to discuss the 5-year survival data from the phase 3 PACIFIC trial (NCT02125461) that were presented at the 2021 ASCO Annual Meeting.

Updated results from the trial showed that durvalumab (Imfinzi) following chemoradiotherapy was associated with robust and sustained overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) benefits in patients with unresectable stage III non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose disease had not progressed after concurrent chemoradiotherapy.

Specifically, at a median follow-up of 34.2 months, the median OS was 47.5 months with durvalumab vs 29.1 months with placebo (HR, 0.72; 95% CI, 0.59-0.89). Moreover, the median PFS was 16.9 months vs 5.6 months, respectively (HR, 0.55; 95% CI, 0.45-0.68).

Of note, an estimated 42.9% of patients randomized to durvalumab remained alive at 5 years vs 33.4% of patients randomized to placebo. Additionally, an estimated 33.1% of durvalumab-treated patients remained alive without disease progression vs 19% of placebo-treated patients.

We also sat down with Nicolas Girard, MD, PhD, a professor of respiratory medicine at Versailles Saint Quentin University and head of the Curie-Montsouris Thorax Institute, in Paris, France, to discuss the results of the PACIFIC-R trial (NCT03798535) that were presented during the 2021 ESMO Congress.

Results from PACIFIC-R recapitulated the benefit that has been reported with durvalumab following concurrent chemoradiotherapy in patients with unresectable stage III NSCLC in a real-world setting.

In our exclusive interview, Aggarwal and Girard discussed the significance of the 5-year survival data from the pivotal PACIFIC trial and the real-world benefit of the study regimen in patients with unresectable stage III NSCLC.

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