Publications by authors named "Aurélien Carnot"

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Long-Term Outcomes and Prognostic Factors of Patients with Metastatic Solid Tumors Admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.

Oncology 2022 20;100(3):173-181. Epub 2022 Jan 20.

Department of Medical Oncology, Centre Oscar Lambret, Lille, France.

Introduction: Admission of metastatic cancer patients to the intensive care unit (ICU) poses medical and ethical challenges in the absence of reliable prognostic tools to guide decision-making.

Material And Methods: We retrospectively analyzed the medical charts of 129 consecutive patients with metastatic solid tumors admitted to the ICU between January and September 2014 and identified prognostic factors (PFs) using Cox models.

Results: The mean patient age at ICU admission was 58.9 years (range, 25-81 years; males, 51%). Performance status (PS) was 0-1 and 2-3 in 61% and 39% of the patients, respectively. The most prevalent cancers were lung cancer (20%), sarcoma (17%), and breast cancer (16%). ICU admission was attributable to the cancer itself (53%), cancer treatment toxicity (43%), and comorbidities (37%). The median overall survival (OS) after ICU admission was 2.6 months; 15% of the patients died during the ICU stay. Poor PFs for OS were PS >1 before ICU admission (p = 0.007) and ICU admission for the cancer itself (p < 10-3). After ICU discharge, 58% and 42% of the patients received systemic treatment within 12 months and showed good PS recovery, respectively. Multiple organ failure and a multidisciplinary decision to limit therapeutic efforts were poor PFs for reinitiation of systemic treatment (p = 0.2 and 0.006, respectively), and the latter was also a poor PF for PS recovery (p = 0.004).

Discussion: In the ICU, the OS of adult patients with solid tumors was similar to that of the noncancer population. For ICU admissions related to the cancer itself, the prognosis is poor.
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March 2022

Avelumab as neoadjuvant therapy in patients with urothelial non-metastatic muscle invasive bladder cancer: a multicenter, randomized, non-comparative, phase II study (Oncodistinct 004 - AURA trial).

BMC Cancer 2021 Dec 2;21(1):1292. Epub 2021 Dec 2.

Jules Bordet Institute, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium.

Introduction: Cisplatin-based neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) followed by surgery is the standard treatment for patients with non-metastatic muscle invasive bladder cancer (MIBC). Unfortunately, many patients are not candidates to receive cisplatin due to renal impairment. Additionally, no predictive biomarkers for pathological complete response (pCR) are currently validated in clinical practice. Studies evaluating immune checkpoint inhibitors in the peri-operative setting are emerging with promising results. Clinical trials are clearly required in the neoadjuvant setting in order to improve therapeutic strategies.

Methods And Analysis: Oncodistinct 004 - AURA is an ongoing multicenter phase II randomized trial assessing the efficacy and safety of avelumab single-agent or combined to different NAC regimens in patients with non-metastatic MIBC. Patients are enrolled in two distinct cohorts according to their eligibility to receive cisplatin-based NAC. In the cisplatin eligible cohort, patients are randomized in a 1:1 fashion to receive avelumab combined with cisplatin-gemcitabine or with dose-dense methotrexate-vinblastine-doxorubicin-cisplatin. In the cisplatin ineligible cohort, patients are randomized at a 1:1 ratio to paclitaxel-gemcitabine associated to avelumab or avelumab alone. Primary endpoint is pCR. Secondary endpoints are pathological response and safety.

Ethics And Dissemination: The study is approved by ethics committee from all participating centers. All participants provide informed consent prior inclusion to the study. Once completed, results will be published in peer-reviewed journals.

Trial Registration Number: (NCT03674424).
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December 2021

Iron deficiency in patients with cancer: a prospective cross-sectional study.

BMJ Support Palliat Care 2021 Jul 30. Epub 2021 Jul 30.

Department of Internal Medicine and Clinical Immunology, Hopital Universitaire AP HP Pitie Salpetriere, Paris, France

Background: Despite the deleterious consequences of iron deficiency (ID) in patients with cancer, underdiagnosis is frequent. The CARENFER study aimed to assess the prevalence of ID using both serum ferritin concentration and transferrin coefficient saturation (iron-saturation of transferrin, TSAT) index, as well as ID anaemia in patients with cancer.

Methods: This prospective cross-sectional study was conducted in 15 oncology units in France in 2019. All patients present in the medical unit during the 2-week study period, regardless of the type of tumour (solid or haematological) and treatment, were eligible. Serum ferritin concentration, TSAT index and haemoglobin level were determined. ID and ID-associated anaemia were defined according to European Society of Medical Oncology 2018 Guidelines: ID was defined either as ferritin <100 µg/L (absolute ID) or as ferritin ≥100 µg/L and TSAT <20% (functional ID).

Results: A total of 1221 patients with different types of solid malignant tumours were analysed: median age 64 years; 89.4% under treatment for their cancer, mainly by chemotherapy (75.4%). Overall, ID was found in 57.9% (55.1-60.6) of patients. Among them, functional ID accounted for 64% of cases. ID anaemia was reported in 21.8% (19.6-24.2) of all patients with cancer. ID was highly prevalent in untreated (75/130, 57.4%) and non-anaemic (419/775, 54.1%) patients.

Conclusion: This study highlights the high prevalence of ID in patients with cancer, whether or not associated with anaemia or treatment. These results emphasise the need to a better detection and management of ID in cancer, thereby optimising overall patient care.

Trial Registration Number: Identifier: NCT03924271.
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July 2021

Creating scripted video-vignettes in an experimental study on two empathic processes in oncology: Reflections on our experience.

Patient Educ Couns 2021 03 6;104(3):654-662. Epub 2020 Sep 6.

Univ. Lille, CNRS, UMR 9193 - SCALab - Sciences Cognitives et Sciences Affectives, F-59000 Lille, France. Electronic address:

Objective: The aims were to: (1) apply the guidelines to develop and test the validity of video-vignettes manipulating empathy and context in oncology; (2) compare lay people's and patients' assessments of validity; (3) reflecting on our experiment METHODS: Guidelines were followed: (1) deciding whether video-vignettes were appropriate; (2) developing a valid script; (3) designing valid manipulations; (4) converting the scripted consultations into videos. One hundred sixteen lay people and 46 cancer patients filled in the Video Engagement Scale, the CARE, and ad hoc questionnaires on realism and emotions.

Results: The video-vignettes are valid for experimental use. Differences appeared in the emotions participants reported. The empathic processes were successfully manipulated and perceived. Lay people's and patients' assessments were equivalent, except for video-vignettes in neutral consultations. Participants' comments on nonverbal behavior, camera perspective, scripts and empathy assessment were reported.

Conclusion: Patients' assessments are impacted by their personal experiences. Researchers should control for this in analogue patient studies.

Practice Implications: Based on this experience, we reflect on: (1) adopting congruent nonverbal behavior throughout the video-vignettes; (2) alternating camera perspectives; (3) avoiding the sole use of written scripts; (4) using quantitative and qualitative analysis to validate scripts and video-vignettes.
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March 2021

EGFR-Mutated Breast Metastasis of Lung Adenocarcinoma: A Case Report.

Case Rep Oncol 2015 Jan-Apr;8(1):164-8. Epub 2015 Mar 14.

Centre de Pathologie, CHRU Lille, Lille, France.

Breast metastasis from other primary carcinoma is very rare and could be difficult to identify despite immunohistochemistry analysis. Breast metastasis from lung adenocarcinoma can mimic triple-negative breast cancer. Given the prognosis and therapeutic challenges, a correct diagnosis appears essential, and molecular biomarkers could be useful. We report the case of a 52-year-old woman with a breast mass initially diagnosed as primary breast cancer and secondarily attached to breast metastasis from an EGFR-mutated lung adenocarcinoma. The same activating EGFR mutations were identified in both the primary lung carcinoma and the breast metastasis.
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April 2015