Respiratory and Cardiometabolic Comorbidities and Stages I to III NSCLC Survival: A Pooled Analysis From the International Lung Cancer Consortium

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      We explored the association of respiratory and cardiometabolic comorbidities with NSCLC overall survival (OS) and lung cancer-specific survival (LCSS), by stage, in a large, multicontinent NSCLC pooled data set.


      On the basis of patients pooled from 11 International Lung Cancer Consortium studies with available respiratory and cardiometabolic comorbidity data, adjusted hazard ratios (aHRs) were estimated using Cox models for OS. LCSS was evaluated using competing risk Grey and Fine models and cumulative incidence functions. Logistic regression (adjusted OR [aOR]) was applied to assess factors associated with surgical resection.


      OS analyses used patients with NSCLC with respiratory health or cardiometabolic health data (N = 16,354); a subset (n = 11,614) contributed to LCSS analyses. In stages I to IIIA NSCLC, patients with respiratory comorbidities had worse LCCS (stage IA aHR = 1.51, confidence interval [CI]: 1.17–1.95; stages IB–IIIA aHR = 1.20, CI: 1.06–1.036). In contrast, patients with stages I to IIIA NSCLC with cardiometabolic comorbidities had a higher risk of death from competing (non-NSCLC) causes (stage IA aHR = 1.34, CI: 1.12–1.69). The presence of respiratory comorbidities was inversely associated with having surgical resection (stage IA aOR = 0.54, CI: 0.35–0.83; stages IB–IIIA aOR = 0.57, CI: 0.46–0.70).


      The presence of either cardiometabolic or respiratory comorbidities is associated with worse OS in stages I to III NSCLC. Patients with respiratory comorbidities were less likely to undergo surgery and had worse LCSS, whereas patients with cardiometabolic comorbidities had a higher risk of death from competing causes. As more treatment options for stages I to III NSCLC are introduced into the practice, accounting for cardiometabolic and respiratory comorbidities becomes essential in trial interpretation and clinical management.


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