Cholangiocarcinoma with FGFR genetic aberrations: A unique clinical phenotype

Apurva Jain, Mitesh J. Borad, Robin Kate Kelley, Ying Wang, Reham Abdel-Wahab, Funda Meric-Bernstam, Keith A. Baggerly, Ahmed Omar Kaseb, Humaid O. Al-shamsi, Daniel H. Ahn, Thomas DeLeon, Andrea Grace Bocobo, Tanios Bekaii-Saab, Rachna T. Shroff, Milind Javle

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Purpose FGFR genetic aberrations (GAs) occur in an estimated 10% to 16% of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinomas (CCAs). The natural history of CCA with FGFR GAs, the prognostic role of coexisting GAs, and the outcome with FGFR-targeted inhibitors are unknown. Patients and Methods Patients with CCA with FGFR GAs were identified using nextgeneration sequencing or fluorescence in situ hybridization from four tertiary cancer centers and compared with FGFR wild-type counterparts. Data reviewed included demographic, treatment, overall survival (OS), and GA data. Fisher's exact test, Kaplan-Meier plots, and log-rank tests were used for statistical analysis. Results Three hundred seventy-seven patients with CCA were identified, and 95 had FGFR GAs. FGFR2 GA was most common (n = 74, with 63 fusions) and seen in intrahepatic CCA. In patients with CCA, FGFR GAs occurred more frequently in younger patients (≥ 40 years; 20%) compared with older patients (> 40 years; 6.7%; P < .001), presented at an earlier stage (TNM stage I/II v III/IV: 35.8% v 22%, respectively; P = .001), and were associated with a longer OS compared with patients without FGFR GAs (37 v 20 months, respectively; P < .001). This difference remained significant after excluding 36 patients treated with FGFR inhibitors. There was no OS difference (P = .60) between CCA with FGFR2 fusions (n = 63) versus other FGFR GAs (n = 29). Patients with FGFR GAs had a better OS with FGFR-targeted therapy compared with standard treatment (P = .01). BAP1 mutation was the most common coexisting mutation without prognostic impact, whereas TP53 (P = .04) and CDKN2A/B (P = .04) were correlated with a shorter OS. Conclusion CCA with FGFR GAs represents a unique subtype occurring in younger patients with an indolent disease course. FGFR-targeted therapy may have a positive impact on OS in this subgroup.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalJCO Precision Oncology
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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