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Stahler, Arndt ORCID: 0000-0003-1041-0137; Heinemann, Volker; Ricard, Ingrid; Einem, Jobst C. von; Giessen-Jung, Clemens; Westphalen, Christoph Benedikt; Michl, Marlies; Heinrich, Kathrin; Miller-Phillips, Lisa; Jelas, Ivan; Stintzing, Sebastian; Modest, Dominik Paul (2020): Current treatment options in RAS mutant metastatic colorectal cancer patients: a meta-analysis of 14 randomized phase III trials. In: Journal of cancer research and clinical oncology, Vol. 146, No. 8: pp. 2077-2087
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PURPOSE Although biomarkers for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer exist, the benefit patients with RAS mutated tumors derive from established regimens is unclear. METHODS Efficacy of therapeutic strategies available for RAS mutated patients (addition of chemotherapeutic agents and/or anti angiogenic agents) were investigated in fourteen randomized controlled phase III trials at trial level by meta-analysing individual study hazard ratios and 95% confidence intervals (95% CI) for overall survival (OS) and progression free survival (PFS). RESULTS 6810 of 10,748 patients (63.3%) were available (48.5% RAS wildtype, 51.5% RAS mutated). Across all treatment lines, additional treatment efficacy (chemotherapy and/or anti angiogenic agents) was significantly smaller in RAS mutated compared to wildtype tumors for OS and PFS. In detail, patients with RAS mutated metastatic colorectal cancer derived significant benefit in PFS but not in OS by the addition of either chemotherapy or anti angiogenic agents to the respective comparator. In patients with RAS wildtype metastatic colorectal cancer, PFS and OS were improved by the addition of chemotherapy or anti angiogenic agent. CONCLUSION The therapeutic benefit of additional substances is less distinct in patients with RAS mutated as compared to RAS wildtype metastatic colorectal cancer, especially with regard to OS.