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J Thorac Oncol. 2011 Jun;6(6):1087-91. doi: 10.1097/JTO.0b013e318213f86a.

Benefits and adverse events among elderly patients receiving concurrent chemoradiotherapy for locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer: analysis of the Okayama Lung Cancer Study Group trial 0007.

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  • 1Department of Respiratory Medicine, Okayama University Hospital, Kitaku, Okayama, Japan. ntakigaw@md.okayama-u.ac.jp



Thoracic radiotherapy (RT) with concurrent chemotherapy may be offered to selected elderly patients with locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer. The Okayama Lung Cancer Study Group (OLCSG) 0007 trial with patients up to 75 years showed that with concurrent RT, docetaxel and cisplatin (DP) chemotherapy was an alternative to mitomycin C, vindesine, and cisplatin (MVP) chemotherapy.


Of the 99 patients in the DP arm, 73 were younger than 70 years and 26 were 70 years or older. Of the 101 patients in the MVP arm, 75 were younger than 70 years and 26 were 70 years or older. Overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) were calculated using the Kaplan-Meier method and were compared using an early period weighted log-rank test. Toxicities and treatment intensities were compared by χ(2) and t tests, respectively.


OS and PFS tended to be longer in the DP arm versus MVP arm: median OS (months), 27.5 versus 22.9 (p = 0.109) and 25.6 versus 23.4 (p = 0.064) in the ≥70-year and <70-year groups, respectively; median PFS (months), 19.0 versus 11.5 (p = 0.175) and 12.0 versus 9.3 (p = 0.132) in the ≥70-year and less than 70-year groups, respectively. Severe toxicity (neutropenia, esophagitis, and pneumonitis) rates did not differ between age groups. Nevertheless, the absence of statistically significant differences in this retrospective analysis might be due to the small number of patients. Radiation intensity was similar between the groups, but chemotherapy intensity was lower in the ≥70-year group.


Chemotherapy with concurrent RT may be effective and tolerable in elderly patients with locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer.

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