Characterization of Patients with Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma Experiencing Complete Response to First-Line Therapies: Results from the International Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma Database Consortium (IMDC).

Clinical trials have demonstrated higher complete response (CR) rates in the immuno-oncology (IO)-based combination arms than in the tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) arms in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC). We aimed to characterize real-world patients who experienced CR to the contemporary first-line therapies.

Using the International mRCC Database Consortium (IMDC), response-evaluable patients who received frontline IO-based combination therapy or TKI monotherapy were analyzed. Baseline characteristics of patients and post-landmark overall survival (OS) were compared based on best overall response, as per RECIST 1.1.

A total of 52 (4.6%) of 1126 and 223 (3.0%) of 7557 patients experienced CR to IO-based and TKI therapies, respectively (P=.005). An adjusted odds ratio for CR achieved by IO-based combination therapy (versus TKI monotherapy) was 1.56 (95% CI 1.11-2.17; P=.009). Among patients who experienced CR, the IO-based cohort had a higher proportion of non-clear cell histology (15.9% and 4.7%; P=.016), sarcomatoid dedifferentiation (29.8% and 13.5%; P=.014), and multiple sites of metastases (80.4% and 50.0%; P<.001) than the TKI cohort. CR was independently associated with post-landmark OS benefit in both the IO-based and TKI cohorts, giving respective adjusted hazard ratios of 0.17 (95% CI 0.04-0.72; P=.016) and 0.28 (95% CI 0.21-0.38; P<.001).

The CR rate was not as high in the real-world population as in the clinical trial population. Among those who experienced CR, several adverse clinicopathological features were more frequently observed in the IO-based cohort than in the TKI cohort. CR was an indicator of favourable OS.

The Journal of urology. 2022 Dec 27 [Epub ahead of print]

Kosuke Takemura, Vishal Navani, Matthew S Ernst, J Connor Wells, Luis Meza, Sumanta K Pal, Jae-Lyun Lee, Haoran Li, Neeraj Agarwal, Ajjai S Alva, Aaron R Hansen, Naveen S Basappa, Bernadett Szabados, Thomas Powles, Ben Tran, Christopher M Hocking, Benoit Beuselinck, Takeshi Yuasa, Toni K Choueiri, Daniel Y C Heng

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