The following article features coverage from the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Click here to read more of Cancer Therapy Advisor‘s conference coverage.

A preplanned pooled analysis of 6 global studies suggested that a shorter, 3-month course of adjuvant chemotherapy for some patients with stage III colon cancer may yield comparable outcomes to the standard 6-month course.1

This study ( Identifier: NCT01150045) from the International Duration Evaluation of Adjuvant Chemotherapy (IDEA) Collaboration was presented at the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago.

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In patients with stage III colon cancer, oxaliplatin-based adjuvant therapy with FOLFOX or XELOX is the standard of care. Because oxaliplatin is associated with cumulative dose-dependent neurotoxicity, however, dose reductions are common.

The IDEA Collaboration was established to determine if a shorter duration of therapy without loss of efficacy would be of benefit to patients and health care resources.

A total of 12,834 patients with stage III disease were included.

Whether to use FOLFOX or XELOX was determined by the investigator. This was a non-inferiority study, which pre-specified that the upper limit of the hazard ratio (HR) for disease-free survival (DFS) should not exceed 1.12.

For higher than grade 2 neuropathy, the study showed a dramatic reduction in neurotoxicity in the 3-month treatment group (16% vs 3% for FOLFOX, 9% vs 3% for XELOX).

Three-year DFS was 74.6% for the 3-month group and 75.5% for the 6-month group. With an HR of 1.07, both treatment durations offered a similar efficacy. Yet the 95% confidence interval was 1.00 to 1.15, and the pre-specified non-inferiority was not met.

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The authors concluded that “while [non-inferiority] was not established for the overall cohort, [non-inferiority] of 3m [vs] 6m [oxaliplatin]-based adjuvant therapy was supported for XELOX.”

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  1. Shi Q, Sobrero AF, Shields AF, et al. Prospective pooled analysis of six phase III trials investigating the duration of adjuvant (adjuv) oxaliplatin-based therapy (3 vs 6 months) for patients (pts) with stage III colon cancer (CC): The IDEA (International Evaluation of Adjuvant chemotherapy) collaboration. J Clin Oncol. 2017;34(suppl; abstr LBA1).