What are prognostic indicators of better outcome for hyperfractionated radiation therapy treatment of non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)?

Updated: Jul 15, 2021
  • Author: Winston W Tan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Nagla Abdel Karim, MD, PhD  more...
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A study by Jeremić et al assessed independent prognosticators of outcome for hyperfractionated radiation therapy treatment. [97] The study found that female sex, lower Karnofsky performance score (KPS), less pronounced weight loss, squamous histology, lower stage, shorter interfraction interval, and treatment independently predicted better overall survival and progression-free survival. Age did not influence overall survival or progression-free survival.

A retrospective study of 722 patients with NSCLC undergoing radiotherapy who were taking beta blockers for another condition found that these patients had better overall survival, disease-free survival, and distant metastasis–free survival than patients not taking these drugs. Data showed a 22% improvement in overall survival in the beta-blocker group. However, there was no improvement in locoregional progression-free survival, which suggests that beta blockers affect the metastatic tumors rather than the primary tumor. [4]

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