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Efficacy and safety assessment of apatinib in patients with advanced gastric cancer: a meta-analysis

Authors Chen J, Wang J

Received 19 November 2017

Accepted for publication 10 May 2018

Published 19 July 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 4149—4158


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Dr Arseniy Yuzhalin

Jianxin Chen,1 Junhui Wang2

1Department of Medical Oncology, Quzhou People’s Hospital, Quzhou, 324000, Zhejiang, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Radiation Oncology, Quzhou People’s Hospital, Quzhou, 324000, Zhejiang, People’s Republic of China

Aim: This meta-analysis was performed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of apatinib in patients with advanced gastric cancer (AGC).
Methods: After evaluating the inclusion and exclusion criteria, the data of eligible randomized clinical trials (RCTs) were extracted. Outcomes including objective response rate (ORR), disease control rate (DCR), and adverse events (AEs) were analyzed in the meta-analysis.
Results: Data of 1,069 patients from 13 RCTs were statistically analyzed. Pooled odds ratio (OR) for ORR and DCR was found to be 0.46 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.33, 0.64; P<0.00001) and 0.23 (95% CI: 0.15, 0.36; P<0.00001), respectively. Compared with placebo, apatinib showed statistical significance in AEs at any grade, including leucopenia, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, diarrhea, hypertension, proteinuria, hand-foot syndrome, and fatigue (all P<0.05).
Conclusion: The results of our meta-analysis revealed that apatinib shows short-term efficacy over no-apatinib regimens or placebo regardless of its use as first- or second-line chemotherapy or for further treatment in patients with AGC accompanied with apparent AEs of any grade.

Keywords: objective response rate, disease control rate, adverse events

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