Chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR-T) therapy is approved for treatment of relapsed/refractory (R/R) diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Here we evaluate whether comorbidities, calculated using the Cumulative Illness Rating Scale (CIRS), predict survival for these patients. A retrospective chart review was performed at 4 academic institutions. All patients who underwent leukapheresis for commercial CAR-T therapy for R/R DLBCL were included. CIRS scores were calculated at the time of leukapheresis. High comorbidity was defined as either CIRS ≥7 or the presence of severe impairment (CIRS 3/4 in ≥1 system; CIRS-3+). Progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were estimated using the Kaplan-Meier method, and differences in curves were detected by the log-rank test. A total of 130 patients were analyzed, 56.9% with CIRS ≥7 and 56.2% with CIRS-3+. After a median follow-up of 13 months, the median PFS was 6.7 months, and the median OS was not reached. On univariable analysis, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status (PS) was associated with inferior PFS (hazard ratio [HR], 1.45; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.03-2.05; P = .03) and OS (HR, 1.76; 95% CI, 1.17-2.64; P = .007). Higher CIRS (CIRS ≥7 or CIRS-3+) was associated with inferior OS (HR, 2.12; 95%, CI, 1.06-4.22; P = .03) and a nonsignificant trend in worse PFS (HR, 1.45; 95% CI, .87-2.44; P = .16). In multivariable analyses, CIRS ≥7 or CIRS-3+ and ECOG PS maintained independent prognostic significance. Comorbidities as determined by CIRS and ECOG PS predict inferior survival in patients receiving CAR-T therapy for R/R DLBCL.
- CAR T cell therapy
- Diffuse large B cell lymphoma
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