Perioperative Durvalumab for Resectable Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer.

John V. Heymach, David Harpole, Tetsuya Mitsudomi, Janis M. Taube, Gabriella Galffy, Maximilian Hochmair, Thomas Winder, Ruslan Zukov, Gabriel Garbaos, Shugeng Gao, Hiroaki Kuroda, Gyula Ostoros, Tho V. Tran, Jian You, Kang Yun Lee, Lorenzo Antonuzzo, Zsolt Papai-Szekely, Hiroaki Akamatsu, Bivas Biswas, Alexander SpiraJeffrey Crawford, Ha T. Le, Mike Aperghis, Gary J. Doherty, Helen Mann, Tamer M. Fouad, Martin Reck

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Background Neoadjuvant or adjuvant immunotherapy can improve outcomes in patients with resectable non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Perioperative regimens may combine benefits of both to improve long-term outcomes. Methods We randomly assigned patients with resectable NSCLC (stage II to IIIB [N2 node stage] according to the eighth edition of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual) to receive platinum-based chemotherapy plus durvalumab or placebo administered intravenously every 3 weeks for 4 cycles before surgery, followed by adjuvant durvalumab or placebo intravenously every 4 weeks for 12 cycles. Randomization was stratified according to disease stage (II or III) and programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression (≥1% or <1%). Primary end points were event-free survival (defined as the time to the earliest occurrence of progressive disease that precluded surgery or prevented completion of surgery, disease recurrence [assessed in a blinded fashion by independent central review], or death from any cause) and pathological complete response (evaluated centrally). Results A total of 802 patients were randomly assigned to receive durvalumab (400 patients) or placebo (402 patients). The duration of event-free survival was significantly longer with durvalumab than with placebo; the stratified hazard ratio for disease progression, recurrence, or death was 0.68 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.53 to 0.88; P=0.004) at the first interim analysis. At the 12-month landmark analysis, event-free survival was observed in 73.4% of the patients who received durvalumab (95% CI, 67.9 to 78.1), as compared with 64.5% of the patients who received placebo (95% CI, 58.8 to 69.6). The incidence of pathological complete response was significantly greater with durvalumab than with placebo (17.2% vs. 4.3% at the final analysis; difference, 13.0 percentage points; 95% CI, 8.7 to 17.6; P<0.001 at interim analysis of data from 402 patients). Event-free survival and pathological complete response benefit were observed regardless of stage and PD-L1 expression. Adverse events of maximum grade 3 or 4 occurred in 42.4% of patients with durvalumab and in 43.2% with placebo. Data from 62 patients with documented EGFR or ALK alterations were excluded from the efficacy analyses in the modified intention-to-treat population. Conclusions In patients with resectable NSCLC, perioperative durvalumab plus neoadjuvant chemotherapy was associated with significantly greater event-free survival and pathological complete response than neoadjuvant chemotherapy alone, with a safety profile that was consistent with the individual agents. (Funded by AstraZeneca; AEGEAN number, NCT03800134.)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1672-1684
Number of pages13
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2 2023


  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Lung Cancer
  • Pulmonary/Critical Care
  • Pulmonary/Critical Care General
  • Surgery
  • Surgery General
  • Treatments in Oncology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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