Peptide receptor radionuclide therapy in gastroenteropancreatic NEN G3: a multicenter cohort study

Carlsen, E. A., Fazio, N., Granberg, D., Grozinsky-Glasberg, S., Ahmadzadehfar, H., Grana, C. M., Zandee, W. T., Cwikla, J., Walter, M. A., Oturai, P. S., Rinke, A., Weaver, A., Frilling, A., Gritti, S., Arveschoug, A. K., Meirovitz, A., Knigge, U. & Sorbye, H., 1-Feb-2019, In : Endocrine-Related cancer. 26, 2, p. 227-239 13 p.

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  • Esben Andreas Carlsen
  • Nicola Fazio
  • Dan Granberg
  • Simona Grozinsky-Glasberg
  • Hojjat Ahmadzadehfar
  • Chiara Maria Grana
  • Wouter T Zandee
  • Jaroslaw Cwikla
  • Martin A Walter
  • Peter Sandor Oturai
  • Anja Rinke
  • Andrew Weaver
  • Andrea Frilling
  • Sara Gritti
  • Anne Kirstine Arveschoug
  • Amichay Meirovitz
  • Ulrich Knigge
  • Halfdan Sorbye

Peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) is an established treatment of metastatic neuroendocrine tumors grade 1-2 (G1-G2). However, its possible benefit in high-grade gastroenteropancreatic (GEP) neuroendocrine neoplasms (NEN G3) is largely unknown. We therefore aimed to assess the benefits and side effects of PRRT in patients with GEP NEN G3. We performed a retrospective cohort study at 12 centers to assess the efficacy and toxicity of PRRT in patients with GEP NEN G3. Outcomes were response rate, disease control rate, progression-free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS) and toxicity. We included 149 patients (primary tumor: pancreatic n = 89, gastrointestinal n = 34, unknown n = 26). PRRT was first-line (n = 30), second-line (n = 62) or later-line treatment (n = 57). Of 114 patients evaluated, 1% had complete response, 41% partial response, 38% stable disease and 20% progressive disease. Of 104 patients with documented progressive disease before PRRT, disease control rate was 69%. The total cohort had median PFS of 14 months and OS of 29 months. Ki-67 21-54% (n = 125) vs Ki-67 ≥55% (n = 23): PFS 16 vs 6 months (P < 0.001) and OS 31 vs 9 months (P < 0.001). Well (n = 60) vs poorly differentiated NEN (n = 62): PFS 19 vs 8 months (P < 0.001) and OS 44 vs 19 months (P < 0.001). Grade 3-4 hematological or renal toxicity occurred in 17% of patients. This large multicenter cohort of patients with GEP NEN G3 treated with PRRT demonstrates promising response rates, disease control rates, PFS and OS as well as toxicity in patients with mainly progressive disease. Based on these results, PRRT may be considered for patients with GEP NEN G3.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-239
Number of pages13
JournalEndocrine-Related cancer
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1-Feb-2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Female, Humans, Intestinal Neoplasms/diagnostic imaging, Kaplan-Meier Estimate, Male, Middle Aged, Neuroendocrine Tumors/diagnostic imaging, Octreotide/adverse effects, Pancreatic Neoplasms/diagnostic imaging, Positron Emission Tomography Computed Tomography, Radioisotopes/adverse effects, Receptors, Peptide/metabolism, Retrospective Studies, Stomach Neoplasms/diagnostic imaging, Treatment Outcome, Young Adult

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