Epidemiology of non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer in New Zealand: A focus on EGFR gene mutation

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dc.contributor.advisor Elwood, Mark
dc.contributor.author Aye, Phyu Sin
dc.date.accessioned 2021-06-10T20:35:23Z
dc.date.available 2021-06-10T20:35:23Z
dc.date.issued 2021 en
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/2292/55277
dc.description.abstract Background: Lung cancer is one of the major health burdens with persistent high incidence and poor survival. Treatment with Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors (TKIs) that target Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) significantly improves disease outcomes for non-squamous Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) patients with EGFR mutation. A better understanding is needed of the epidemiology of lung cancer in relation to EGFR mutation and strategies to facilitate identification of EGFR mutation-positive patients who may be eligible for EGFR targeted treatment. Thus, this PhD research aimed to contribute knowledge to this area of research by 1) estimating the incidence of EGFR mutation-specific non-squamous NSCLC, 2) investigating factors associated with survival of EGFR mutation-specific non-squamous NSCLC, and 3) estimating the probabilities of EGFR mutation positivity for individual patients using a predictive model to assist in treatment decision-making where tissue biopsy results were unavailable. Methods: Data sources: This research was based on all patients who were diagnosed with non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in northern New Zealand between 1 February 2010 and 31 July 2017 (n=3815). The patients were identified and their demographic and clinico-pathological information was collected from the population-based New Zealand Cancer Registry (NZCR). The NZCR data were then linked with TestSafe clinical information sharing database, laboratory reports, individual patient medical records, pharmaceutical records and mortality records to obtain EGFR mutation test results, further clinical, pathological and treatment information. Statistical analysis: 1) The incidence rates were calculated for EGFR mutation-positive and negative non-squamous NSCLC, in subgroups of patients by age, sex, ethnicity, and smoking status. The incidence rates were age-standardised using the WHO standard population, and were also estimated taking into account incomplete EGFR mutation testing. 2) Factors associated with overall survival were investigated using Cox regression analysis. The association estimates were observed in terms of four separate survival models based on EGFR mutation status and metastasis status at diagnosis. 3) The EGFR mutation predictive model was developed using multivariable logistic regression and validated internally and externally. The model validity was assessed by the fit between observed and predicted mutation probabilities. The model discriminative ability between positive and negative status was assessed by observing the Area Under Curve (AUC). The model performance was assessed by relating the predicted probabilities to the duration remaining on EGFR-TKI treatment and overall survival from the start of EGFR-TKI therapy in a group of patients with unknown EGFR mutation status. Results: Of the total 3815 non-squamous NSCLC patients, 45% were tested for EGFR mutations; 22.5% of those tested were EGFR mutation-positive. 1) The population-based age-standardised rate (ASR) of EGFR mutation-positive NSCLC was 5.05 (95%CI 4.71-5.39) per 100,000 person-years, showing that the disease risk was 1.5 times higher for females than males; approximately 3.5 times higher for Pacific Peoples and Asians, and 2 times higher for Māori compared with New Zealand Europeans; and only 1.25 times higher for ever-smokers (i.e. current smokers and ex-smokers) than never-smokers. The ASR of EGFR mutation-negative NSCLC was 17.39 (16.75-18.02) per 100,000 person-years overall, showing contrasting patterns of relationships among subgroups compared to EGFR mutation-positive disease: the risk for EGFR mutation-negative disease was higher for males; higher for Māori and Pacific Peoples but lower for Asians; and much higher for ever-smokers compared to their respective counterparts. Standardised Incidence Ratios (SIRs) by sex, ethnicity and smoking, for both diseases, remained similar to those based on tested patients, when accounting for incomplete EGFR mutation testing. 2) The median overall survival times were significantly different between EGFR mutation-negative and positive groups: 0.8 years versus 2.79 years. Metastasis at diagnosis had a large impact on overall survival (hazard ratio (HR) 3.6 in EGFR mutation-negative and 3.3 in positive groups). In subgroup analyses by EGFR mutation status and metastasis, females had lower survival than males only if they were EGFR mutation-positive; Māori had lower survival than New Zealand Europeans only if the disease was metastatic, and tumour site had significant effects only in patients without metastasis. The remaining factors such as older age, higher ECOG performance status and being a current smoker showed lower overall survival consistently in all subgroups. 3) The EGFR mutation predictive model used three major predictors – sex, ethnicity and smoking status, presented as a nomogram, to estimate EGFR mutation probabilities for individual patients. The model demonstrated a good fit between predicted and observed values in both development and validation groups. The model showed an AUC of 0.75, and the probability cut-point of 0.2 resulted 63% sensitivity and 79% specificity in the validation group. The model predictions significantly corresponded to the outcomes of patients with unknown EGFR mutation status. Conclusions: EGFR mutation-positive and EGFR mutation-negative non-squamous NSCLC represented two distinct diseases, showing different risk factors and survival outcomes. The EGFR mutation-positive disease showed population incidence rates that were similar to other major cancers, e.g., gastric cancer. The population-based risk of EGFR mutation positive lung cancer was significantly higher for females than males; and for Māori, Pacific Peoples and Asian than for New Zealand Europeans; but the risk differed only slightly with the smoking history. Assessing overall survival of nonsquamous NSCLC showed that EGFR mutation status and metastasis status at diagnosis independently affected overall survival and modified the effects of other factors on overall survival. The EGFR mutation predictive model developed in this research showed good internal and external validity as well as good performance in the independent group of patients, and may be useful in clinical practice to estimate the EGFR mutation probabilities for individual patients.
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dc.title Epidemiology of non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer in New Zealand: A focus on EGFR gene mutation
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.discipline Population Health
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.name PhD en
dc.date.updated 2021-06-07T22:01:31Z
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