This study was conducted to understand treatment patterns and clinical outcomes in metastatic gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumor patients treated in a large community oncology network.Methods
This retrospective study used the McKesson Specialty Health/US Oncology Network iKnowMed electronic health record database with supplemental chart review. Eligibility criteria included a metastatic neuroendocrine tumor diagnosis between January 1, 2008, and to December 31, 2012; at least 2 US Oncology Network visits; and age at least 18 years. Follow-up was through October 31, 2014.Results
Among the 229 patients identified, median age was 64.0 years, 52.4% were male, 69.4% were white, and 62.9% were overweight/obese. Primary tumor sites included small bowel (47.6%), pancreas (31.4%), and stomach/colorectum (21.0%). There were 16.2% under observation without treatment, 52.4% received only somatostatin analogs (SSAs), and 31.4% received chemotherapy/targeted therapy during treatment. In the first-line setting (n = 192), 77% received SSAs, 12% received chemotherapy, and 10.9% received targeted therapy. Fifty percent of patients receiving octreotide had a relative dose intensity of less than 85%, and 16.7% received above-label dose. Toxicities of SSAs included diarrhea (18.2%), abdominal pain (16.9%), and fatigue (13.5%). Median overall survival from diagnosis was 68.0 months (95% confidence interval, 57.1 to not reached).Conclusions
Most metastatic gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumor patients received systemic treatment with SSAs. Patient treatment used an individualized dosing approach. Overall survival and toxicity were consistent with the published literature.