Chemoradiotherapy enhanced the efficacy of radiotherapy in nasopharyngeal carcinoma patients: a network meta-analysis

Jian He, Ping Wu _, Yaoyun Tang, Sulai Liu, Chubo Xie, Shi Luo, Junfeng Zeng, Jing Xu and Suping Zhao

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:39782-39794. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.16349

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Jian He1, Ping Wu1, Yaoyun Tang1, Sulai Liu1, Chubo Xie1, Shi Luo1, Junfeng Zeng1, Jing Xu1 and Suping Zhao1

1 Department of Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, Province Key Laboratory of Otolaryngology Critical Diseases, Xiangya Hospital of Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China

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Keywords: nasopharyngeal carcinoma, chemoradiotherapy, overall survival, complete response, network meta-analysis

Received: December 07, 2016 Accepted: February 20, 2017 Published: March 17, 2017


Object: A Bayesian network meta-analysis (NMA) was conducted to estimate the overall survival (OS) and complete response (CR) performance in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) patients who have been given the treatment of radiotherapy, concurrent chemoradiotherapy (C), adjuvant chemotherapy (A), neoadjuvant chemotherapy (N), concurrent chemoradiotherapy with adjuvant chemotherapy (C+A), concurrent chemoradiotherapy with neoadjuvant chemotherapy (C+N) and neoadjuvant chemotherapy with adjuvant chemotherapy (N+A).

Methods: Literature search was conducted in electronic databases. Hazard ratios (HRs) accompanied their 95% confidence intervals (95%CIs) or 95% credible intervals (95%CrIs) were applied to measure the relative survival benefit between two comparators. Meanwhile odd ratios (ORs) with their 95% CIs or CrIs were given to present CR data from individual studies.

Results: Totally 52 qualified studies with 10,081 patients were included in this NMA. In conventional meta-analysis (MA), patients with N+C exhibited an average increase of 9% in the 3-year OS in relation to those with C+A. As for the NMA results, five therapies were associated with a significantly reduced HR when compared with the control group when concerning 5-year OS. C, C+A and N+A also presented a decreased HR compared with A. There was continuity among 1-year, 3-year and 5-year OS status. Cluster analysis suggested that the three chemoradiotherapy appeared to be divided into the most compete group which is located in the upper right corner of the cluster plot.

Conclusion: In view of survival rate and complete response, the NMA results revealed that C, C+A and C+N showed excellent efficacy. As a result, these 3 therapies were supposed to be considered as the first-line treatment according to this NMA.

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