Nomogram for predicting the benefit of adjuvant chemoradiotherapy for resected gallbladder cancer

Samuel J. Wang, Andrew Lemieux, Jayashree Kalpathy-Cramer, Celine B. Ord, Gary V. Walker, C. David Fuller, Jong Sung Kim, Charles R. Thomas

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Purpose: Although adjuvant chemoradiotherapy for resected gallbladder cancer may improve survival for some patients, identifying which patients will benefit remains challenging because of the rarity of this disease. The specific aim of this study was to create a decision aid to help make individualized estimates of the potential survival benefit of adjuvant chemoradiotherapy for patients with resected gallbladder cancer. Methods: Patients with resected gallbladder cancer were selected from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) -Medicare database who were diagnosed between 1995 and 2005. Covariates included age, race, sex, stage, and receipt of adjuvant chemotherapy or chemoradiotherapy (CRT). Propensity score weighting was used to balance covariates between treated and untreated groups. Several types of multivariate survival regression models were constructed and compared, including Cox proportional hazards, Weibull, exponential, log-logistic, and lognormal models. Model performance was compared using the Akaike information criterion. The primary end point was overall survival with or without adjuvant chemotherapy or CRT. Results: A total of 1,137 patients met the inclusion criteria for the study. The lognormal survival model showed the best performance. A Web browser-based nomogram was built from this model to make individualized estimates of survival. The model predicts that certain subsets of patients with at least T2 or N1 disease will gain a survival benefit from adjuvant CRT, and the magnitude of benefit for an individual patient can vary. Conclusion: A nomogram built from a parametric survival model from the SEER-Medicare database can be used as a decision aid to predict which gallbladder patients may benefit from adjuvant CRT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4627-4632
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number35
StatePublished - Dec 10 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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