Adjuvant therapy with pegylated interferon alfa-2b (36 months) versus low-dose interferon alfa-2b (18 months) in melanoma patients without macrometastatic nodes: An open-label, randomised, phase 3 European Association for Dermato-Oncology (EADO) study
Grob J.J.,Aix - Marseille University |
Jouary T.,Skin Cancer Unit |
Dreno B.,University of Nantes |
Asselineau J.,Bordeaux University Hospital Center |
And 10 more authors.
European Journal of Cancer
Aim: Both low-dose interferon (IFN) alfa-2b and pegylated interferon (Peg-IFN) alfa-2b have been shown to be superior to observation in the adjuvant treatment of melanoma without macrometastatic nodes, but have never been directly compared. Peg-IFN facilitates prolongation of treatment, which could provide additional benefit. This multicentre, open-label, randomised, phase 3 trial compared standard low-dose interferon IFN and prolonged treatment with Peg-IFN. Patients and methods: Patients with resected melanoma ≥1.5 mm thick and without clinically detectable node metastases were randomised 1:1 to treatment with IFN 3 MU subcutaneously (SC) three times weekly for 18 months or Peg-IFN 100 μg SC once weekly for 36 months. Sentinel lymph node dissection (SLND) was optional. The primary endpoint was disease-free survival (DFS). Secondary endpoints included distant metastasis-free survival (DMFS), overall survival (OS) and adverse events (AEs) grade 3-4. Results: Of 898 patients enrolled, 896 (443 Peg-IFN, 453 IFN) were eligible for evaluation (median follow-up 4.7 years). SLND was performed in 68.2% of patients. There were no statistical differences between the two arms for the primary outcome of DFS (hazard ratio [HR] 0.91, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.73-1.15) or the secondary outcomes of DMFS (HR 1.02, 95% CI 0.80-1.32) and OS (HR 1.09, 95% CI 0.82-1.45). Peg-IFN was associated with higher rates of grade 3-4 AEs (47.3% versus 25.2%; p < 0.0001) and discontinuations (54.3% versus 30.4%) compared with IFN. Conclusion: This trial did not show superiority for adjuvant Peg-IFN over conventional low-dose IFN in melanoma patients without clinically detectable nodes. ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00221702. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source
Rannou F.,CHRU Cavale Blanche |
Uguen A.,CHRU Morvan |
Scotet V.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research |
Le Marechal C.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research |
And 6 more authors.
Aim: Our aim was to evaluate the accuracy of aerobic exercise testing to diagnose metabolic myopathies. Methods: From December 2008 to September 2012, all the consecutive patients that underwent both metabolic exercise testing and a muscle biopsy were prospectively enrolled. Subjects performed an incremental and maximal exercise testing on a cycle ergometer. Lactate, pyruvate, and ammonia concentrations were determined from venous blood samples drawn at rest, during exercise (50% predicted maximal power, peak exercise), and recovery (2, 5, 10, and 15 min). Biopsies from vastus lateralis or deltoid muscles were analysed using standard techniques (reference test). Myoadenylate deaminase (MAD) activity was determined using p-nitro blue tetrazolium staining in muscle cryostat sections. Glycogen storage was assessed using periodic acid-Schiff staining. The diagnostic accuracy of plasma metabolite levels to identify absent and decreased MAD activity was assessed using Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) curve analysis. Results: The study involved 51 patients. Omitting patients with glycogenoses (n = 3), MAD staining was absent in 5, decreased in 6, and normal in 37 subjects. Lactate/pyruvate at the 10th minute of recovery provided the greatest area under the ROC curves (AUC, 0.893 ± 0.067) to differentiate Abnormal from Normal MAD activity. The lactate/rest ratio at the 10th minute of recovery from exercise displayed the best AUC (1.0) for discriminating between Decreased and Absent MAD activities. The resulting decision tree achieved a diagnostic accuracy of 86.3%. Conclusion: The present algorithm provides a non-invasive test to accurately predict absent and decreased MAD activity, facilitating the selection of patients for muscle biopsy and target appropriate histochemical analysis. ©2015 Rannou et al. Source
Charef S.,CHRU Cavale Blanche |
Leblanc A.,CHRU Cavale Blanche |
Guibourg B.,CHRU Morvan |
Quintin-Roue I.,CHRU Morvan |
And 2 more authors.
We report a case of inflammatory cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) that led to rapid cognitive decline, seizures, visual hallucinations, hyperproteinorrachia and right hemispheric leukopathy. Brain biopsy gave the diagnosis of CAA. Although no inflammatory infiltrate was found in the biopsy sample, corticosteroids led to a regression of the radiological lesions without significant clinical improvement. CAA is a rare disease, defined by lesions of classical cerebral amyloid angiopathy and perivascular infiltrates in contact with the affected vessels. In cases of rapidly progressive dementia associated with leukopathy, inflammatory amyloid angiopathy should be considered as cognitive disorders may improve after immunosuppressive therapy. © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. Source