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Poster Display session 2

3599 - Comparative effectiveness of palbociclib plus letrozole vs letrozole for metastatic breast cancer in US real-world clinical practices


29 Sep 2019


Poster Display session 2


Tumour Site

Breast Cancer


Rachel Layman


Annals of Oncology (2019) 30 (suppl_5): v104-v142. 10.1093/annonc/mdz242


R.M. Layman1, X. Liu2, J. Mardekian3, L. McRoy4

Author affiliations

  • 1 Breast Medical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 77030 - Houston/US
  • 2 Us Medical Affairs, Pfizer Inc, 07977 - Peapack/US
  • 3 Statistics, Pfizer Inc, 10017 - New York/US
  • 4 Global Medical Affairs, Pfizer Inc, 10017 - New York/US


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Abstract 3599


Palbociclib, the first clinically available oral CDK4/6 inhibitor, in combination with endocrine therapy has become standard of care for HR+/HER2- advanced/metastatic breast cancer (MBC). No real-world studies have examined relative effectiveness of palbociclib plus endocrine therapy compared with endocrine therapy alone. This study compared real-world progression free survival (rwPFS) of palbociclib plus letrozole (PB+LE) vs letrozole alone (LE) for MBC in US routine clinical practices.


We conducted a retrospective analysis of MBC patients from the Flatiron Health longitudinal database, which contains electronic health records from 275 cancer clinics representing more than 2 million actively treated cancer patients in the US. Between February 2015 and August 2018, 1416 HR+/HER2– MBC women started PB+LE (n = 798) or LE (n = 618) as first-line therapy. Patients were evaluated from start of PB+LE or LE to November 2018, death, or last visit, whichever came first. rwPFS was defined as months from start of PB+LE or LE to death or disease progression based on clinical assessment or evidence by radiographic scan/tissue biopsy. 1:1 propensity score (PS) matching was used to balance patient characteristics.


Of 1416 eligible patients, 906 were 1:1 PS matched (453 for each cohort). Median follow-up was 16.8 months, median age was 68.0 years, 70% were white, and 49.7% had visceral disease. Median rwPFS was 24.5 months (95%CI = 20.7 – 32.7) in PB+LE cohort and 17.1 months (95%CI=13.7—19.8) in LE cohort (HR = 0.68, 95%CI=0.56—0.84, p =.0003). Table presents key patient characteristics and landmark rwPFS rates.Table:

329P Patient characteristics and real-world progressionfree survival (rwPFS)

VariablePB+LE (N = 453)LE alone (N = 453)
 Median age (years)68.068.0
 White (%)69.870.6
 Median number of metastatic sites (n)2.02.0
 Bone only disease (%)26.932.2
 Visceral disease (%)49.749.7
 Median rwPFS, months (95%CI)24.5 (20.7—32.7)17.1 (13.7—19.8)
 rwPFS rate at 6 months (%)82.874.5
 rwPFS rate at 12 months (%)72.158.9
 rwPFS rate at 18 months (%)60.148.4
 rwPFS rate at 24 months (%)50.239.1
 Median follow-up, months (IQR)16.8(8.1—27.1)16.8(6.9—26.9)

PB+LE = Palbociclib plus letrozole; LE = Letrozole alone; IQR = Interquartile Range


The first comparative analysis of a CDK4/6 inhibitor in combination with endocrine therapy compared to endocrine therapy alone provides real-world evidence confirming the findings of PFS benefit demonstrated in clinical trial data for palbociclib in diverse clinical practices.

Clinical trial identification

Editorial acknowledgement

Legal entity responsible for the study

Pfizer Inc.


Pfizer Inc.


R.M. Layman: Research grant / Funding (institution): Pfizer Inc. X. Liu: Shareholder / Stockholder / Stock options, Full / Part-time employment: Pfizer Inc. J. Mardekian: Shareholder / Stockholder / Stock options, Full / Part-time employment: Pfizer Inc. L. McRoy: Shareholder / Stockholder / Stock options, Full / Part-time employment: Pfizer Inc.

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