BACKGROUND: Retrospective studies suggest that low molecular weight heparin may delay the development of metastasis in patients with resected NSCLC.
METHODS: Multicentre phase 3 study with patients with completely resected NSCLC who were randomised after surgery to receive chemotherapy with or without nadroparin. The main exclusion criteria were R1/2 and wedge/segmental resection. FDG-PET was required. The primary endpoint was recurrence-free survival (RFS).
RESULTS: Among 235 registered patients, 202 were randomised (nadroparin: n = 100; control n = 102). Slow accrual enabled a decrease in the number of patients needed from 600 to 202, providing 80% power to compare RFS with 94 events (a = 0.05; 2-sided). There were no differences in bleeding events between the two groups. The median RFS was 65.2 months (95% CI, 36-NA) in the nadroparin arm and 37.7 months (95% CI, 22.7-NA) in the control arm (HR 0.77 (95% CI, 0.53-1.13, P = 0.19). FDG-PET SUVmax >= 10 predicted a greater likelihood of recurrence in the first year (HR 0.48, 95% CI 0.22-0.9, P = 0.05).
CONCLUSIONS: Adjuvant nadroparin did not improve RFS in patients with resected NSCLC. In this study, a high SUVmax predicted a greater likelihood of recurrence in the first year.
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