Real-World Experience with CDK4/6 Inhibitors for Metastatic HR+/HER2-Breast Cancer at a Single Cancer Center

Erik S. Knudsen, Emily Schultz, Deanna Hamilton, Kris Attwood, Stephen Edge, Tracey O'Connor, Ellis Levine, Agnieszka K. Witkiewicz

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Background: A study was initiated at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center to capture the real-world experience related to the use of CDK4/6 inhibitors (Ciclibs) for the treatment of metastatic hormone receptor-positive and HER2-negative breast cancer (HR+/HER2-). Patients and Methods: A total of 222 patients were evaluated who received CDK4/6 inhibitors in the period from 2015 to 2021. Detailed clinical and demographic information was obtained on each patient and used to define clinical and demographic features associated with progression-free survival on CDK4/6 inhibitor-based therapies. Results: In this real-world analysis, the majority of patients received palbociclib as the CDK4/6 inhibitor with letrozole or fulvestrant as the predominant endocrine therapies. The median progression-free survival (PFS) in the letrozole (27.6 months) and fulvestrant (17.2 months) groups were comparable to that observed in clinical trials. As expected, age at start of the treatment and menopausal status influenced endocrine therapy utilization but were not associated with PFS. Patients with recurrent disease had shorter PFS (P =. 0024) than those presenting with de novo metastasis. The presence of visceral metastasis trended toward shorter PFS (P =. 051). Similarly, prior endocrine therapy (P =. 003) or chemotherapy (P =. 036) was associated with shorter PFS. Body mass index was not associated with PFS or with dose interruption and/or modification. While the number of minorities in this analysis is limited (n = 26), these patients as a group had statistically shorter PFS on treatment (P =. 002). Conclusions: The real-world progression-free survival with CDK4/6 inhibitors mimics that observed in the clinical trial. A number of clinical and demographic features were associated with PFS on CDK4/6 inhibitor-based therapy. Further studies are ongoing to validate these findings incorporating additional cancer centers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)646-654
Number of pages9
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2022
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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