Is G8 geriatric assessment tool useful in managing elderly patients with metastatic pancreatic carcinoma?

Vittorio Gebbia, Alberto Firenze, Maria Rosaria Valerio, Vittorio Gebbia, Dario Piazza, Marzia Mare, Roberto Bordonaro, Stefano Cordio, Dario Giuffrida

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Aim: This paper aims to analyze the usefulness of the G8 geriatric oncology questionnaire in patients with advanced/metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma (aPAC) and its possible association with different clinical outcomes.Methods: Patients age > 70 years were screened with the G8 tool and treated with intravenous nab-paclitaxel 125mg/m2 and gemcitabine 1000 mg/m2 for 3 consecutive weeks followed by one-week rest as prescribed afterclinical evaluation by treating oncologists. Patient’s charts were evaluated for type and severity of toxicity, 2cycle rate of completion, discontinuation rate, delays, dose reductions, and other outcomes response rates,progression-free, and overall survival. Sensitivity, specificity, and possible correlations were analyzed.Results: Sensitivity and specificity of the G8 score for severe toxicity were respectively 55.9% and 50%. No association between all types of severe grade 3-4 toxicity, delays, or dose reductions, and the G8 score was present (p=0.622). ORR was 32.5% with no complete responses. Median PFS and OS were 4.5 months and 8.1 months, respectively. Correlation between G8 score and PFS was not statistically significant (p=0.0652). Correlation betweenG8 score and OS was statistically significant (p=0.0251). Although median survival of G8 fit patients was superior to that of G8 vulnerable patients (6.5 versus 4 months), the difference was not statistically different (p=0.1975).Conclusion: Clinical results in terms of response rate, survival outcomes, and side-effects were in the range reported by others. However, the G8 questionnaire is not a reliable diagnostic tool to predict the risk of severe toxicity, and clinical outcomes in older patients with aPAC.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1-5
Numero di pagine5
RivistaJournal of Geriatric Oncology
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2020

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