Survival among HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected individuals with common non-AIDS-defining cancers.

BACKGROUND

Non-AIDS-defining cancers increasingly contribute to mortality among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals. However, few studies have compared cancer prognosis by HIV status with adjustment for risk factors.

METHODS

We conducted a cohort study of HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected adults in Kaiser Permanente California during 1996 to 2011, following subjects diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma or anal, prostate, colorectal, or lung cancers. We used Kaplan-Meier curves and Cox regression to assess cancer-related mortality within 5 years, comparing HIV-infected with HIV-uninfected subjects. Adjusted models included age, race/ethnicity, sex, cancer stage, cancer treatment, and smoking.

RESULTS

Among HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected subjects, there were 68 and 51 cases of Hodgkin lymphoma, 120 and 28 of anal cancer, 150 and 2,050 of prostate cancer, 53 and 646 of colorectal cancer, and 80 and 507 of lung cancer, respectively. Five-year cancer-related survival was reduced for HIV-infected compared with HIV-uninfected subjects, reaching statistical significance for lung cancer (10% vs. 19%, P = 0.002) but not Hodgkin lymphoma (83% vs. 89%, P = 0.40) or anal (64% vs. 74%, P = 0.38), prostate (86% vs. 92%, P = 0.074), or colorectal cancers (49% vs. 58%, P = 0.55). Adjusted results were similar, with lung cancer [HR, 1.3; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.0-1.7] and prostate cancer (HR, 2.1; 95% CI, 1.1-4.1) reaching significance.

CONCLUSIONS

Cancer-related mortality was higher among HIV-infected compared with HIV-uninfected individuals for prostate and lung cancers, but not Hodgkin lymphoma, anal cancer, or colorectal cancer.

IMPACT

Our findings emphasize the need for a focus on prevention, early detection, and adequate treatment of cancer among HIV-infected individuals.

Investigators
Abbreviation
Cancer Epidemiol. Biomarkers Prev.
Publication Date
2015-08
Volume
24
Issue
8
Page Numbers
1167-73
Pubmed ID
25713023
Medium
Print-Electronic
Full Title
Survival among HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected individuals with common non-AIDS-defining cancers.
Authors
Marcus JL, Chao C, Leyden WA, Xu L, Yu J, Horberg MA, Klein D, Towner WJ, Quesenberry CP, Abrams DI, Silverberg MJ