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454 Risk of Incident Diabetes and Dysregulated Pre-Existing Diabetes Mellitus in Newly Diagnosed Lymphoma Patients Treated with Steroid-Containing Immunochemotherapy: A Danish Population-Based Study

Program: Oral and Poster Abstracts
Type: Oral
Session: 627. Aggressive Lymphomas: Clinical and Epidemiological: Clinical Management of Aggressive B cell NHL
Hematology Disease Topics & Pathways:
Adults, Epidemiology, Lymphomas, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Clinical Research, Clinically Relevant, Diseases, Real World Evidence, Lymphoid Malignancies, Adverse Events, Registries, Study Population
Sunday, December 12, 2021: 12:45 PM

Joachim Baech, MD1*, Marianne Tang Severinsen, MD, PhD1,2*, Andreas Kiesbye Oevlisen, MD, PhD1,2*, Henrik Frederiksen3,4*, Peter Vestergaard, MD, Ph.d, DMSci5,6*, Christian Torp-Pedersen, MD7*, Judit M. Jørgensen, MD, PhD8*, Michael Roost Clausen, MD, PhD9*, Christian Bjørn Poulsen, MD10*, Peter de Nully Brown, MD, PhD11*, Anne Ortved Gang, MD, PhD11*, Robert Schou Pedersen, MD, PhD12*, Karin Ekstroem Smedby, MD, PhD13*, Sandra Eloranta, PhD13*, Lasse H. Jakobsen, MSc, PhD1,2* and Tarec Christoffer El-Galaly, MD1,2

1Department of Hematology, Clinical Cancer Research Center, Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark
2Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
3Academy of Geriatric Cancer Research (AgeCare), Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark
4Department of Hematology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark
5Steno Diabetes Center North Jutland, Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark
6Department of Endocrinology and Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark
7Department of Cardiology, Nordsjaellands Hospital, Hillerød, Denmark
8Department of Hematology, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark
9Department of Haematology, Vejle Hospital, Vejle, Denmark
10Department of Haematology, Zealand University Hospital, Roskilde, Denmark
11Department of Hematology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark
12Department of Hematology, Holstebro Hospital, Holstebro, Denmark
13Department of Medicine Solna, Division of clinical epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Prednisolone has important potential side-effects, one of which is steroid-induced diabetes mellitus (DM). Due to the exposure to a high cumulative dosage of steroids during first-line treatment, patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) could face increased risk of new onset steroid-induced DM or dysregulation of a pre-existing DM. This nationwide observational cohort study evaluated the risk of new onset DM in lymphoma patients and the impact on pre-existing DM in lymphoma survivors following treatment with steroid-containing regimens.

Adult NHL patients (≥18 years) treated with ≥3 cycles of steroid-containing immunochemotherapy, such as R-CHOP(-like) and R-CVP, between 2002 and 2015 were identified in the Danish Lymphoma Register and matched to five random individuals from the general population on birth year, sex, Charlson Comorbidity Index score, baseline DM status (DM or not), and DM duration. NHL patients and matched comparators were followed from start of treatment for the patients until the event of interest (DM, insulin prescription), death, relapse, NHL diagnosis (for matched comparators), or censoring (emigration, missing, or end of study on 31 December 2018), whichever came first.
DM was captured by either a diagnosis of any DM (ICD-10 codes: E10-E14) in the Danish National Patient Register or any redeemed anti-diabetic prescription registered in the National Prescription Register (insulin or oral anti-diabetic medicine; ATC A10A or A10B). In the analysis of insulin prescriptions following lymphoma treatment initiation, patients with any redeemed prescription of insulin prior to start of lymphoma treatment were excluded.
Time-varying incidence rates (IRs) per 1,000 person years and incidence rate ratios (IRRs) with 95% confidence intervals were estimated using a spline-based Poisson regression approach with two-month time splits and five knots. The Aalen-Johansen estimator was used to compute the cumulative risk of an event treating death, relapse, and NHL diagnosis (in comparators) as competing events. Risk differences at specific time points were calculated using pseudo-observations. Crude and adjusted cause-specific hazard ratios (HR) were obtained using Cox regression.

A total of 4,703 NHL patients were included in the present study. Median age was 66 years and median follow-up was 8.5 years.
Among the NHL patients, 4,325 patients did not have pre-existing DM and were matched to 21,625 comparators without DM. The time-varying IR of DM among comparators was 8-10 cases/1000 person years. The IRR of DM for patients vs comparators was higher for patients in the first year following treatment initiation (maximum IRR: 2.40), lower from 1 to 5 years (minimum IRR: 0.52), and higher from 5 to 10 years (maximum IRR: 1.18) (Fig. 1).
The cumulative incidence of DM was higher for NHL patients at six months (0.58 percentage units (%U), p <0.01), but lower at 5 years (-1.17%U, p <0.01) and 10 years (-2.09%U, p <0.01) compared to the matched comparators (p <0.01 for the whole period, Fig. 2).

Among the NHL patients, 378 had pre-existing non-insulin dependent DM and were matched to 1,890 comparators. The cumulative incidence difference of any insulin use was higher for patients at 6 months (14.29%U, p <0.01), 5 years (9.95%U, p <0.01), and 10 years (4.61%U, p =0.15) (p <0.01 for the whole period, Fig. 3). However, when events were limited ≥5 prescriptions of insulin, no difference was found (p =0.84 for the whole period). The crude HR for ≥5 prescriptions of insulin was 1.42 [1.10;183] for patients compared to the matched comparators and the HR adjusted for sex, age, and comorbidities was 1.39 [1.08;1.79].

In conclusion, patients treated with steroid-containing immunochemotherapy did not experience a higher risk of diabetes mellitus compared to matched comparators beyond the first year. Matched comparators had a higher cumulative incidence of diabetes mellitus after 2 years, which was partly explained by the high competing risk of death in the patient group.
NHL patients with pre-existing non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus had an increased cumulative incidence of any insulin prescriptions; however, the difference was diminished when assessing the risk of at least five insulin prescriptions, suggesting that the impact of steroids on diabetes regulation is limited in time when taking competing risks into account.

Disclosures: Oevlisen: Abbvie: Other: Travel expenses. Frederiksen: Abbvie: Research Funding; Gilead: Research Funding; Alexion: Research Funding; Novartis: Research Funding; Janssen Pharmaceuticals: Research Funding. Vestergaard: Novo Nordisk Foundation: Other: Head of Research at Steno Diabetes Center North Jutland funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, Research Funding. Jørgensen: Gilead: Consultancy; Novartis: Consultancy; Roche: Consultancy; Celgene: Consultancy. Clausen: Gilead: Consultancy, Other: Travel expences 15th ICML ; Abbvie: Honoraria, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees, Other: Travel expences ASH 2019; Janssen: Honoraria, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees. Poulsen: Janssen: Consultancy; Abbvie: Consultancy. Ekstroem Smedby: Janssen Cilag: Research Funding; Takeda: Consultancy. Eloranta: Janssen Pharmaceutical NV: Other: NV. El-Galaly: ROCHE Ltd: Ended employment in the past 24 months; Abbvie: Other: Speakers fee.

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