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3577 - Neutropenia grade ≥ 3 during treatment with docetaxel (DOC) is associated with an improved overall survival (OS): A retrospective analysis of the TAX327 phase III trial


09 Oct 2016


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Alexander Meisel


Annals of Oncology (2016) 27 (6): 243-265. 10.1093/annonc/mdw372


A. Meisel1, D. Vogt2, R. de Wit3, J.S. de Bono4, O. Sartor5, M. Eisenberger6, F. Stenner-Liewen7

Author affiliations

  • 1 Department Of Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology, Stadtspital Waid, 8037 - Zurich/CH
  • 2 Clinical Trial Unit, University Hospital of Basel, 4031 - Basel/CH
  • 3 Medical Oncology, Erasmus University Medical Center, 3075EA - Rotterdam/NL
  • 4 Division Of Clinical Studies, Drug Development Unit, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust/The Institute of Cancer Research, SM2 5PT - Sutton/GB
  • 5 Medicine And Urology, Tulane Cancer Center, 70112 - New Orleans/US
  • 6 The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 21287 MD - Baltimore/US
  • 7 Department Of Oncology, University Hospital of Basel, 4031 - Basel/CH


Abstract 3577


We previously showed that mCRPC patients developing grade ≥3 neutropenia (NP) with cabazitaxel had a prolonged progression-free survival (PFS) and OS (Meisel EJC 2016; 56:93-100). A risk model combining the neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and grade ≥ 3 NP was built to distinguish patients with a poor, intermediate and good prognosis.


The prospective phase III trial TAX327 randomly assigned (1:1:1) chemonaïve mCRPC patients to DOC (30 mg/m2 for 5/6 weeks), DOC (75 mg/m2 every 3 weeks) or mitoxantrone 12 mg/m2 +prednisone 5 mg twice daily. Hematology was collected before each cycle. Prophylactic G-CSF was allowed in case of febrile neutropenia. This post-hoc analysis evaluates the influence of grade ≥ 3 NP and NLR on OS.


OS in the DOC arms was significantly associated with the frequency of grade 3 3 NP (HR 0.89 [95% CI: 0.81 – 0.98], p = 0.02). There was an even stronger association (HR 0.82 [95% CI: 0.71 – 0.94], p = 0.005), when patients with at least one episode of grade 3 3 NP were analysed. Therefore we compared the OS of patients with multiple episodes of grade ≥3 NP to those with ≤ 1 episode of grade ≥3 NP and found a significantly prolonged OS for patients with multiple grade ≥3 NP episodes (HR 0.61 [95% CI: 0.39 – 0.97], p = 0.038). The median OS was 17.1 months for patients with a single episode of grade ≥3 NP, 18.2 months for those without grade ≥3 NP and 22.8 months for those with multiple episodes of grade ≥3 NP. The same association could be shown, when only the subgroup of patients treated with 3-weekly DOC, todays standard first line chemotherapy, was considered (HR 0.61 [95% CI: 0.38 – 0.96], p = 0.033). The biparametric risk model was applicable for mCRPC patients treated with 1st-line chemotherapy with DOC. The HR between risk category 0 (low NLR


This post-hoc analysis of TAX327 phase III trial suggests that the consecutive occurrence of grade ≥ 3 neutropenia with DOC is associated with an improved OS. Combining NLR and the occurrence of grade ≥ 3 neutropenia during taxane therapy may be useful to predict outcome.

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Alexander Meisel & Frank Stenner




A. Meisel: Received Travel grants, advisory boards and honoraria from Sanofi.

R. de Wit, J.S. de Bono, O. Sartor, M. Eisenberger: Advisory boards for Sanofi. Investigator.

F. Stenner-Liewen: Received Travel grants, advisory boards and honoraria from Sanofi. Corporate sponsored research.

All other authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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