Osimertinib readministration for central nervous system metastases in non–small cell lung cancer positive for EGFR activating mutations

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Background: Osimertinib shows pronounced efficacy for EGFR mutation–positive non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) including associated central nervous system (CNS) metastases. Tumors inevitably develop resistance to the drug, however. Osimertinib is sometimes readministered after completion of standard chemotherapy. To clarify which patients might receive benefit from osimertinib readministration, we have retrospectively assessed its efficacy with a focus on CNS metastases. Methods: A retrospective analysis of medical records was performed for 21 patients who underwent osimertinib readministration at Kyushu University Hospital between March 2016 and April 2023. CNS metastases were evaluated according to modified Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST). Results: Among the 21 enrolled patients, 16 individuals had target lesions on the basis of RECIST. One (6.3%) of these 16 patients achieved a partial response to osimertinib readministration, with the remaining 15 patients showing stable or progressive disease. The median overall progression-free survival (PFS) and median overall survival for all 21 patients were 3.8 and 13.9 months, respectively. The efficacy of osimertinib readministration for CNS metastases was evaluable in eight patients including five individuals with leptomeningeal metastases. The objective response rate for CNS metastases and the improvement rate for leptomeningeal metastases were both 100%. The median PFS with regard to CNS or non-CNS lesions for these eight patients was 24.7 and 10.5 months, respectively. Conclusions: Osimertinib readministration showed limited efficacy for non-CNS lesions but excellent efficacy for CNS metastases, suggesting that such treatment is an option for EGFR-mutated NSCLC patients with CNS metastases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-338
Number of pages5
JournalRespiratory Investigation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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