Comparative Outcomes of Second-line Topoisomerase-I Inhibitor Therapies on Neuroendocrine Carcinoma

Ho Man Yeung, Krishnalatha Sreekrishnanilayam, Caitlin Meeker, Mengying Deng, Sonali Agrawal, Haaris Abdullah, Namrata Vijayvergia

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Introduction: This investigation aims to assess the outcomes for second-line therapies to treat extrapulmonary neuroendocrine carcinoma (EP-NEC) after first-line platinum-based chemotherapy. Methods: With IRB approval, we conducted a retrospective study of EP-NEC patients that progressed on first-line platinum chemotherapy from 2008 to 2018. Demographic data and treatment-related characteristics were collected and represented as descriptive statistics. The primary endpoints include overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS). OS and PFS were estimated and stratified by site of primary (gastroenteropancreatic [GEP] versus non-GEP) and type of second-line therapy (irino/topotecan versus others). Log-rank test and Kaplan–Meier curves were used to compare survival distributions between groups. Results: Forty-seven patients met eligibility, with median age 65 (range 31–82), 62% male, and 83% White; 22 were GEP and 25 were non-GEP primary. Thirty patients (63.8%) received second-line therapy where 11 received irinotecan/topotecan (ir/to), while 19 received other agents (temozolomide, other platinum agents, gemcitabine, paclitaxel, pembrolizumab, and sunitinib). The median OS was 10.3 months in the ir/to group versus 13.4 months for other therapies, p = 0.10. The median PFS for ir/to therapy compared to other therapies was 2.0 months versus 1.8 months, respectively, p = 0.72. The OS and PFS with and without ir/to were not significantly different by the primary site (p = 0.61 and p = 0.21). Discussion/Conclusion: Many EP-NEC patients undergo second-line therapies. Interestingly, outcomes for ir/to-containing second-line therapies were not statistically different from other agents, regardless of the site of primary. With approval of new second-line therapies for small cell lung cancer, further research in therapeutic options is needed for this aggressive disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-79
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Gastrointestinal Cancer
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2023


  • Gastroenteropancreatic
  • Irinotecan
  • Neuroendocrine carcinoma
  • Neuroendocrine tumors
  • Topoisomerase inhibitors
  • Topotecan


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