Quality of life in patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma treated with temsirolimus or interferon-alpha.

Temsirolimus was approved in Europe as first-line treatment of poor-prognosis advanced renal cell carcinoma (advRCC) based on significant clinical benefits.
Patients with advRCC and multiple poor-prognostic factors were randomly assigned to receive 25 mg intravenous temsirolimus weekly, interferon-alpha (titrated to 18 mU) three times weekly, or 15 mg intravenous temsirolimus weekly plus 6 mU of interferon-alpha three times weekly. EuroQol-5D utility score (EQ-5D index) and the EQ-5D visual analogue scale (EQ-VAS) responses were recorded. For analysis, patients were required to have their EQ-5D data recorded at baseline, week 12, and last visit after week 12. The analysis was conducted using last-visit data and a repeated-measures mixed-effect (RMME) model to evaluate quality-of-life differences between temsirolimus and interferon-alpha, controlling for baseline covariates.
Average EQ-5D score at the last measure was significantly higher in patients receiving temsirolimus compared with interferon-alpha: by 0.10 on EQ-5D index (P=0.0279) and by 6.61 on EQ-VAS (P=0.0095). In the RMME model, the least-square mean for on-treatment EQ-5D index score was 0.590 with temsirolimus and 0.492 with interferon-alpha (P=0.0022).
Temsirolimus is associated with significantly higher EQ-5D scores compared with interferon-alpha in patients with previously untreated poor-prognosis advRCC.
AuthorsS Yang, P de Souza, E Alemao, J Purvis
JournalBritish journal of cancer (Br J Cancer) Vol. 102 Issue 10 Pg. 1456-60 (May 11 2010) ISSN: 1532-1827 [Electronic] England
PMID20461090 (Publication Type: Clinical Trial, Phase III, Journal Article, Multicenter Study, Randomized Controlled Trial, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't)
Chemical References
  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • temsirolimus
  • Interferon-gamma
  • Sirolimus
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Antineoplastic Agents (adverse effects)
  • Carcinoma, Renal Cell (drug therapy, psychology)
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Interferon-gamma (adverse effects)
  • Kidney Neoplasms (drug therapy, psychology)
  • Quality of Life
  • Sirolimus (adverse effects, analogs & derivatives)

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