61P - Frequency and abundance of plasma T790M mutation associated with failure patterns of EGFR-mutant NSCLC treated with tyrosine kinase inhibitors

Date 10 October 2016
Event ESMO 2016 Congress
Session Poster display
Topics Translational Research
Basic Principles in the Management and Treatment (of cancer)
Presenter Shirong Zhang
Citation Annals of Oncology (2016) 27 (6): 15-42. 10.1093/annonc/mdw363
Authors S. Zhang1, L. Zhu1, B. Xia2, E. Chen3, Q. Zhao4, X. Chen2, L. Wang5, H. Jiang6, S. Ma1
  • 1Department Of Oncology, Affiliated hangzhou hospital of nanjing medical university, 310006 - Hangzhou/CN
  • 2Department Of Oncology, Hangzhou Cancer Hospital, 310006 - Hangzhou/CN
  • 3Respiratory Medicine, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou/CN
  • 4Thoracic Oncology, 1st Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou/CN
  • 5Respiratory Medicine, Affiliated hangzhou hospital of nanjing medical university, Hangzhou/CN
  • 6Thoracic Surgery, Affiliated hangzhou hospital of nanjing medical university, Hangzhou/CN



T790M mutation is a major mechanism for EGFR-TKI failure. However, few studies explored its correlation with failure patterns and response duration partly due to difficulty in re-biopsy. Droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) is able to detect the frequency and abundance of T790M non-invasively in circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA).


314 patients with advanced or recurrent NSCLC who had progressed during EGFR-TKIs treatment were enrolled prospectively (NCT02418234). Blood samples were drawn within two weeks from PD occurred. T790M mutations were both evaluated by ARMS and ddPCR. EGFR-TKIs failures were divided into three patterns, chest limited (CF, PD due to lesions limited in chest), brain limited (BF, PD due to lesions limited in intracranial), and other sites failures (OF, PD due to lesions in other distant site or multiple sites including chest or intracranial). The frequency and abundance of T790M mutations were analyzed for association with failure patterns and disease characteristics.


T790M mutations were detected in 30.9% (97/314) and 46.8% (147/314) patients by ARMS and ddPCR. The median abundance of T790M mutation was 1.2% (0.03% to 70.3%). The overall concordance was 78.3% (246/314) between ARMS and ddPCR, 94.6% (158/167) for ARMST790M-/ddPCRT790M-, and 59.9% for ARMST790M+/ddPCRT790M+. There were 62.4% (196/314), 10.8% (34/314), and 26.8% (84/314) patients in failure patterns of CF, BF, OF, respectively. 25% (49/196), 5.9% (2/34), and 54.8% (46/84) patients with PD patterns of CF, BF, and OF were detected ARMST790M+ (p 


Using plasma samples to detect T790M is feasible. Different TKI failure patterns correlated with T790M ctDNA status as well as the mutation abundance.

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Hangzhou First People's Hospital


Projects of medical and health technology program in Zhejiang province (WKJ-2J-1532)


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.