Published online Oct 21, 2020. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v26.i39.6027
Peer-review started: May 10, 2020
First decision: June 13, 2020
Revised: June 24, 2020
Accepted: September 25, 2020
Article in press: September 25, 2020
Published online: October 21, 2020
Core Tip: Despite the availability of later lines of therapy for esophagogastric cancer (EGC), there remains limited real-world data about the treatment attrition rates between lines of therapy. In this population-based analysis, we characterize the use and treatment attrition rates for patients with advanced EGC. Among 245 patients, there was a high level of treatment attrition, with 50% receiving one line of therapy, 34% receiving two lines, and 14% receiving three-lines. Improved survival was associated with better baseline Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group and increased lines of therapy. This real-world analysis demonstrating such steep attrition rates highlights the unmet need for more efficacious early-line treatment options.