Purpose Tumor lymphocytic infiltration (TLI) has differing prognostic value among various cancers. The objective of this study was to assess the effect of TLI in lung cancer. Patients and Methods A discovery set (one trial, n = 824) and a validation set (three trials, n = 984) that evaluated the benefit of platinum-based adjuvant chemotherapy in non'small-cell lung cancer were used as part of the LACE-Bio (Lung Adjuvant Cisplatin Evaluation Biomarker) study. TLI was defined as intense versus nonintense. The main end point was overall survival (OS); secondary end points were disease-free survival (DFS) and specific DFS (SDFS). Hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% CIs associated with TLI were estimated through a multivariable Cox model in both sets. TLI-histology and TLI-treatment interactions were explored in the combined set. Results Discovery and validation sets with complete data included 783 (409 deaths) and 763 (344 deaths) patients, respectively. Median follow-up was 4.8 and 6 years, respectively. TLI was intense in 11% of patients in the discovery set compared with 6% in the validation set (P < .001). The prognostic value of TLI in the discovery set (OS: HR, 0.56; 95% CI, 0.38 to 0.81; P = .002; DFS: HR, 0.59; 95% CI, 0.42 to 0.83; P = .002; SDFS: HR, 0.56; 95% CI, 0.38 to 0.82; P = .003) was confirmed in the validation set (OS: HR, 0.45; 95% CI, 0.23 to 0.85; P = .01; DFS: HR, 0.44; 95%CI, 0.24 to 0.78; P = .005; SDFS: HR, 0.42; 95% CI, 0.22 to 0.80; P = .008) with no heterogeneity across trials (P$ .38 for all end points). No significant predictive effect was observed for TLI (P ≥ .78 for all end points). Conclusion Intense lymphocytic infiltration, found in a minority of tumors, was validated as a favorable prognostic marker for survival in resected non'small-cell lung cancer.
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Supported by research grants from Ligue Nationale Contre le Cancer (France); le Programme National d'Excellence Specialis? cancer du poumon de l'Institut National du Cancer (France); National Cancer Institute (United States); Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (Canada); an unrestricted grant from Sanofi; personal funding from the investigators; the Gustave Roussy Foundation; the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation; and European contract EU-FP7 Curelung, Plateforme Detection Mol? culaire In Situ of Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Grenoble, D? l? gation ? la Recherche Clinique et ? l'innovation.
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