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Retrospective study of survival and consecutive treatments of patients treated with aflibercept plus FOLFIRI in second line for metastatic colorectal cancer in Belgium

BJMO - volume 13, issue 3, may 2019

A. Bols MD, PhD, K. Geboes MD, PhD, M. De Man MD, T. Delaunoit MD, I. Sinapi MD, J. Carrasco MD, PhD, M. Peeters MD, PhD

SUMMARY

A retrospective study in patients treated with aflibercept plus FOLFIRI in second line for metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) was conducted in Belgium. A total of 102 patients (64.7% males; 62.9 ± 9.8 [mean ± SD] years-old; 36.3% Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group [ECOG] 0 and 63.7% ECOG 1 status) were included. At the end of the study, 47.1% of patients were deceased and 49% were still alive. The median overall survival (± SD) was 15.7 ±1.2 months (no statistically significant difference [p=0.706; log rank test] in survival as a function of the ECOG status). The median progression-free survival was 7.1 ±1.0 months (no statistically significant difference [p=0.732; log rank test] in progression-free survival as a function of the ECOG status). Aflibercept treatment was still ongoing in 22.5% of the patients. The treatment was stopped in 79 (77.5%) patients. In 16 patients (15.7%), treatment with aflibercept was discontinued due to drug toxicity. The average aflibercept treatment duration was 4.5 ± 4.5 months and the average number of aflibercept administrations was 8.7 ± 6.7. Overall, 62% of the patients having interrupted aflibercept received at least one targeted therapy or one chemotherapy after aflibercept. The three most frequent targeted therapies were regorafenib (46%), panitumumab (30%) and cetuximab (18%). The four most frequent chemotherapies were FOLFIRI (44.7%), FOLFOX (12.8%), irinotecan (12.8%) and capecitabine (12.8%). The results obtained using a retrospective observational real-life setting in Belgium globally corroborate those observed in the VELOUR randomised placebo-controlled trial.

(BELG J MED ONCOL 2019;13(3):98–104)

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O.03 DETECTION OF AR PERTURBATIONS IN CIRCULATING TUMOUR CELLS AND CELL-FREE DNA FROM PATIENTS WITH METASTATIC CASTRATION-RESISTANT PROSTATE CANCER PREDICTS RESISTANCE TO ENDOCRINE THERAPY

BJMO - 12, issue 3, february 2018

B. De Laere PhD, Markus Mayrhofer , T. Whitington , P-J. Van Dam MD, P. Van Oyen , C. Ghysel , J. Ampe , P. Ost MD, PhD, Wim Demey MD, L. Hoekx MD, D. Schrijvers MD, PhD, B. Brouwers MD, PhD, W. Lybaert MD, E. Everaert , P. Van Kerckhove , D. De Maeseneer MD, M. Strijbos MD, PhD, A. Bols MD, PhD, K. Fransis , Nick Beije , Inge De Kruijff , S. Oeyen , A. Rutten MD, V. Van Dam , A. Brouwer , D. Goossens , Lien Heyrman , G. Van Den Eynden MD, PhD, J. Vandebroek , Jurgen Del-Favero , S. Sleijfer , A. Uhlen , Jeffrey Yachnin , S. Van Laere PhD, Henrik Grönberg , Johan Lindberg , L. Dirix MD

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O.01 Circulating Tumour Cells and Survival in Abiraterone- and Enzalutamide-treated Patients with Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

BJMO - 2017, issue 3, february 2017

B. De Laere PhD, P. Van Oyen , C. Ghysel , P. Ost MD, PhD, Wim Demey MD, L. Hoekx MD, D. Schrijvers MD, PhD, B. Brouwers MD, PhD, W. Lybaert MD, E. Everaert , J. Ampe , P. Van Kerckhove , D. De Maeseneer MD, M. Strijbos MD, PhD, A. Bols MD, PhD, K. Fransis , S. Oeyen , V. Van Dam , A. Brouwer , G. Van Den Eynden MD, PhD, A. Rutten MD, J. Vandebroek , S. Van Laere PhD, L. Dirix MD

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Thrombo-embolic events in cancer patients with impaired renal function

BJMO - volume 9, issue 2, may 2015

I. Elalamy MD, PhD, J-L. Canon MD, A. Bols MD, PhD, W. Lybaert MD, L. Duck MD, K. Jochmans MD, L. Bosquée MD, PhD, M. Peeters MD, PhD, A. Awada MD, PhD, P. Clement MD, PhD, S. Holbrechts MD, PhD, J-F. Baurain MD, PhD, J. Mebis MD, PhD, J. Nortier MD, PhD

Venous thromboembolism is a frequent cause of mortality and morbidity in patients with malignancy. Thrombosis is one of the leading causes of death in patients with malignancy after cancer itself. As such, prompt recognition and treatment of venous thromboembolism are required in order to reduce the risk of venous thromboembolism-related mortality. This report reviews the interrelationship between cancer, renal insufficiency and venous thromboembolism. The working group behind this review article concludes that low molecular weight heparins decrease the risk of recurrent venous thrombosis in cancer patients without increasing major bleeding complications. Low molecular weight heparins are therefore recommended as first line antithrombotic treatment in cancer patients with a clear clinical benefit. In patients with renal dysfunction, who are at increased risk of bleeding and of thrombotic complications, preference should be given to unfractionated heparin or a low molecular weight heparin with a mean molecular weight such as tinzaparin, having less risk of plasma accumulation and offering the possibility to maintain full therapeutic dose.

(BELG J MED ONCOL 2015;9(2):53–60)

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