Health-related quality of life in a randomised phase III study of gemcitabine plus S-1, S-1 alone and gemcitabine alone for locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer: GEST study

Yasuhiro Hagiwara, Yasuo Ohashi, Takuji Okusaka, Hideki Ueno, Tatsuya Ioka, Narikazu Boku, Shinichi Egawa, Takashi Hatori, Junji Furuse, Kazuhiro Mizumoto, Shinichi Ohkawa, Taketo Yamaguchi, Kenji Yamao, Akihiro Funakoshi, Ann Lii Cheng, Kiyohiro Kihara, Atsushi Sato, Masao Tanaka

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Abstract

Objective: This study was performed to compare health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of gemcitabine plus S-1 (GS), S-1 alone and gemcitabine alone as first-line chemotherapy for locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer in the GEST (Gemcitabine and TS-1 Trial) study and to assess the impacts of adverse events and tumour response on HRQOL. Methods: Patients were randomly assigned to receive gemcitabine alone (1000 mg/m2 weekly for 3 of 4 weeks), S-1 alone (80, 100 or 120 mg/day twice daily for 4 of 6 weeks) or GS (gemcitabine at 1000 mg/m2 weekly plus S-1 at 60, 80 or 100 mg/day twice daily for 2 of 3 weeks). HRQOL was assessed using the EuroQoL-5D (EQ-5D) questionnaire at baseline and weeks 6, 12, 24, 48 and 72. EQ-5D scores, quality-adjusted life months (QALMs), quality-adjusted progression-free months (QAPFMs) and time until definitive HRQOL deterioration (TUDD) were compared among the three groups. The impacts of adverse events and tumour response on EQ-5D scores were analysed. Results: Including EQ-5D scores after death as 0, the mean profile was significantly better in the GS than gemcitabine group (difference, 0.069; p=0.003), but not the S-1 group (difference,-0.011; p=0.613). The mean profiles until death were similar in the three groups. QALMs, QAPFMs and TUDD were significantly longer in the GS than gemcitabine group (p<0.001, p<0.001 and p=0.004, respectively), but not the S-1 group (p=0.563, p=0.741 and p=0.701, respectively). Fatigue, anorexia and tumour response were significantly associated with changes in EQ-5D scores. Conclusions: GS achieved better HRQOL than gemcitabine alone, resulting a good balance between overall survival and HRQOL benefits. S-1 alone provides HRQOL similar to that provided by gemcitabine alone. Preventing fatigue and anorexia and maintaining better response would improve HRQOL.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere000151
JournalESMO Open
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Apr

Keywords

  • S-1
  • advanced pancreatic cancer
  • gemcitabine
  • health-related quality of life
  • randomized phase III trial

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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