Pneumonitis associated with mTOR inhibitors therapy in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma: Incidence, radiographic findings and correlation with clinical outcome

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02215, United States.
European journal of cancer (Oxford, England: 1990) (Impact Factor: 5.42). 04/2012; 48(10):1519-24. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejca.2012.03.012
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Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitors are approved for use in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) and are under investigation in several other malignancies. We assessed the incidence, clinical presentation and computed tomography (CT) findings of pneumonitis associated with mTOR inhibitors in mRCC. Correlation between radiological findings of pneumonitis and clinical outcome was also determined.
We retrospectively reviewed the clinical data and serial CT scans from patients with mRCC treated with either temsirolimus or everolimus. Serial chest CT scans were reviewed in consensus, read by two independent radiologists for the presence of pneumonitis, and corresponding clinical data were reviewed for symptoms and clinical outcome. The baseline and follow up CTs were reviewed to assess outcome to therapy.
The study population consisted of 46 pts, 21 treated with temsirolimus and 25 with everolimus (M:F 2.5:1; median 63 years, range 31-79 years). CT evidence of pneumonitis was seen in 14/46 pts (30%), at a median of 56days on mTOR inhibitor treatment (range 31-214 days). Respiratory symptoms at the time of radiographically detected pneumonitis, were observed in 7pts. Stable disease (SD) by Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumours (RECIST) was achieved in 12/14 pts (86%) who developed radiographic pneumonitis compared to 14/32 (44%) without pneumonitis (p=0.01) The mean change of tumour long axis size for target lesions by RECIST, normalised for 30 days on therapy was -2.9% in the pneumonitis group and +4.3% in the non-pneumonitis group (p=.002).
Preliminary data suggest that pneumonitis may be a marker of stable disease by RECIST and therefore, of therapeutic benefit. Careful patient assessment should be undertaken before the drug is discontinued.

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    • "The vast majority of these cases are clinically mild; however, fatal cases, such as those associated with diffuse alveolar damage (DAD), are rare (Pham et al. 2004; Dabydeen et al. 2012). The mTORi-induced lung injuries are most often diagnosed by clinical findings and/or imaging without pathological examination (Dabydeen et al. 2012). To the best of our knowledge, only one study has reported detailed histopathological findings associated with mTORi-induced lung injury (Pham et al. 2004), in which they have described the pathological findings associated with mTORi-induced lung injury, including organizing pneumonia, focal fibrosis, and non-specific pneumonia. "
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