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Treatment Patterns and Prognosis of Palliative Chemotherapy Combined With Targeting Agents in Patients With Unresectable Metast

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김찬: 분당차병원 혈액종양내과
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Anticancer Research
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This study investigated the treatment patterns and prognosis of patients with metastatic or unresectable colorectal cancer (mCRC) treated with chemotherapy with targeting agents.

Patients and Methods

This longitudinal multicenter study included 963 patients with mCRC who were treated in Korea between 2016 and 2020. Treatment patterns and efficacy were compared according to the mutation status and clinical factors.


As first-line therapy, most of the patients (83.5%) received FOLFOX plus bevacizumab (35.4%), followed by FOLFIRI plus bevacizumab (18.8%), FOLFIRI plus cetuximab (17.0%), and FOLFOX plus cetuximab (12.3%). Bevacizumab was the most frequent agent (78.8%) combined with chemotherapy in RAS-mutated CRC, while cetuximab (57.2%) in RAS wild-type CRC. Cetuximab was frequently combined with a doublet regimen in patients with left-sided CRC than in those with right-sided CRC (34.4% vs. 16%). As second-line therapy, most patients (63.4%) also received doublet regimens with bevacizumab, and FOLFIRI plus aflibercept was administered in 15.1%. The objective response rate with FOLFIRI plus cetuximab was significantly higher in patients with left-sided CRC than in those with right-sided CRC (59.2% vs. 30.8%, p=0.008) and marginally higher in patients with RAS wild-type CRC than in those with RAS-mutated CRC (55.6% vs. 0.0%, p=0.092). Progression-free survival (PFS) with FOLFOX plus bevacizumab was significantly shorter than that with FOLFIRI plus bevacizumab (p=0.030) in RAS-mutated CRC, whereas there were no significant differences between regimens in RAS wild-type CRC.


In patients with unresectable metastatic colorectal cancer, doublet chemotherapy with targeting agents is the most common therapy and efficacy depends on the mutation status as well as clinical factors.

PMID: 38160001