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Figure.  Overall Survival Rates Among Recipients vs Nonrecipients of Convalescent Plasma
Overall Survival Rates Among Recipients vs Nonrecipients of Convalescent Plasma
Table 1.  Characteristics of Patients Receiving or Not Receiving CP Before and After Propensity Score Matchinga
Characteristics of Patients Receiving or Not Receiving CP Before and After Propensity Score Matchinga
Table 2.  Selected Complications in CP Recipients, Propensity Score–Matched Control Patients, and All Control Patients
Selected Complications in CP Recipients, Propensity Score–Matched Control Patients, and All Control Patients
Table 3.  Association Between Convalescent Plasma Use and Death Within the Crude Analysis, Multivariable Analysis, and Propensity Score Analyses
Association Between Convalescent Plasma Use and Death Within the Crude Analysis, Multivariable Analysis, and Propensity Score Analyses
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    The Time to Treat Sick Patients
    Binh Ngo, M.D. | Keck USC School of Medicine
    JAMA is to be commended for publishing this retrospective observational study suggesting that treatment with convalescent plasma is beneficial for hospitalized patients with hematological cancer (1). The accompanying commentary lists many of the confounding issues affecting the interpretation (2). In addition, the most important limitation is lack of information on the immune response to SARS-Cov-2 in their cohort. The RECOVERY Trial has recently reported that the casirivimab and imdevimab Regeneron antibody cocktail lowered 28 day mortality from 30% to 24% in 3153 seronegative patients but not in the entire cohort of 9785 patients (3). It is plausible that many of the hematological malignancy patients reported by Thompson et al did not mount an immune response to SARS-Cov-2. Furthermore, as pointed out, the duration of disease prior to beginning convalescent plasma was not well established. The importance of early treatment with convalescent plasma has been well documented (4,5). The points made by Thompson et al and Calip et al carry over to populations with other limitations of immune response, notably including transplant patients.

    In the Western world, public health authorities have required randomized controlled clinical trials (RCT) to approve clinical treatments. It is very difficult to construct such trials in sick patients with COVID-19. The need for clinical care introduces so many confounding factors. Thompson et al illustrates that observation begins discovery to help the sick. RCTs can be useful confirmation but do not initiate effective treatments.


    1) Thompson MA, Henderson JP, Shah PK, et al; for the COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium. Association of convalescent plasma therapy with survival in patients with hematologic cancers and COVID-19.  JAMA Oncol. Published online June 17, 2021

    2) Calip GS, Miksad RA, Sarkar S. Time-Related Biases in Nonrandomized COVID-19–Era Studies Using Real-world Data. JAMA Oncol. Published online June 17, 2021.

    3) RECOVERY Collaborative Group. Casirivimab and imdevimab in patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 (RECOVERY): a randomised, controlled, open-label, platform trial.medRxiv 2021.06.15.21258542; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.06.15.21258542

    4) Joyner MJ, Carter RE, Senefeld JW, et al. Convalescent plasma
    antibody levels and the risk of death from Covid-19. N Engl
    J Med. 2020. DOI:10.1056/NEJMoa2031893.

    5) Libster R, Pérez Marc G, Wappner D, et al. Early high-titer plasma
    therapy to prevent severe Covid-19 in older adults. N Engl J Med.
    2020. DOI:10.1056/NEJMoa2033700
    CONFLICT OF INTEREST: None Reported
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    Original Investigation
    June 17, 2021

    Association of Convalescent Plasma Therapy With Survival in Patients With Hematologic Cancers and COVID-19

    Author Affiliations
    • 1Department of Medicine, Aurora Cancer Care, Advocate Aurora Health, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • 2Department of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, St Louis, Missouri
    • 3Department of Urology, Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson, San Antonio, Texas
    • 4Department of Medicine, University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Chapel Hill
    • 5Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
    • 6Department of Medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts
    • 7Oncology Research Program, St Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood, Kentucky
    • 8Department of Medicine, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, New York
    • 9Department of Medicine, Stamford Hospital, Stamford, Connecticut
    • 10Department of Internal Medicine, Henry Ford Cancer Institute, Detroit, Michigan
    • 11Department of Medicine, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, San Francisco
    • 12Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
    • 13Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center, Ann Arbor
    • 14Department of Internal Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City
    • 15Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Rochester, Minnesota
    • 16Hartford Health Care, Farmington, Connecticut
    • 17Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, Tennessee
    • 18Department of Population Health Sciences, Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson, San Antonio, Texas
    • 19Departments of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
    JAMA Oncol. Published online June 17, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2021.1799
    Key Points

    Question  Is convalescent plasma therapy associated with improved outcomes of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 and hematologic cancer?

    Findings  In this cohort study of 966 patients with hematologic cancer and COVID-19, after adjustment for potential confounding factors, convalescent plasma treatment was associated with a significantly improved 30-day mortality in the 143 individuals who received it. This association remained significant after propensity score matching.

    Meaning  These findings suggest a potential survival benefit in the administration of convalescent plasma to patients with hematologic cancers and COVID-19.

    Abstract

    Importance  COVID-19 is a life-threatening illness for many patients. Prior studies have established hematologic cancers as a risk factor associated with particularly poor outcomes from COVID-19. To our knowledge, no studies have established a beneficial role for anti–COVID-19 interventions in this at-risk population. Convalescent plasma therapy may benefit immunocompromised individuals with COVID-19, including those with hematologic cancers.

    Objective  To evaluate the association of convalescent plasma treatment with 30-day mortality in hospitalized adults with hematologic cancers and COVID-19 from a multi-institutional cohort.

    Design, Setting, and Participants  This retrospective cohort study using data from the COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium registry with propensity score matching evaluated patients with hematologic cancers who were hospitalized for COVID-19. Data were collected between March 17, 2020, and January 21, 2021.

    Exposures  Convalescent plasma treatment at any time during hospitalization.

    Main Outcomes and Measures  The main outcome was 30-day all-cause mortality. Cox proportional hazards regression analysis with adjustment for potential confounders was performed. Hazard ratios (HRs) are reported with 95% CIs. Secondary subgroup analyses were conducted on patients with severe COVID-19 who required mechanical ventilatory support and/or intensive care unit admission.

    Results  A total of 966 individuals (mean [SD] age, 65 [15] years; 539 [55.8%] male) were evaluated in this study; 143 convalescent plasma recipients were compared with 823 untreated control patients. After adjustment for potential confounding factors, convalescent plasma treatment was associated with improved 30-day mortality (HR, 0.60; 95% CI, 0.37-0.97). This association remained significant after propensity score matching (HR, 0.52; 95% CI, 0.29-0.92). Among the 338 patients admitted to the intensive care unit, mortality was significantly lower in convalescent plasma recipients compared with nonrecipients (HR for propensity score–matched comparison, 0.40; 95% CI, 0.20-0.80). Among the 227 patients who required mechanical ventilatory support, mortality was significantly lower in convalescent plasma recipients compared with nonrecipients (HR for propensity score–matched comparison, 0.32; 95% CI, 0.14-0.72).

    Conclusions and Relevance  The findings of this cohort study suggest a potential survival benefit in the administration of convalescent plasma to patients with hematologic cancers and COVID-19.

    Introduction

    Since initial reports in late 2019, SARS-CoV-2 has infected more than 100 million people worldwide and caused more than 2 million deaths by early 2021.1 To date, data guiding COVID-19 therapies have largely arisen from large-scale studies2,3 of healthy adults. Patients with hematologic cancers represent a distinctive subset of patients with COVID-19 caused by immune deficits associated with both the diseases themselves and their treatments. Hematologic cancers have been consistently associated with increased COVID-19 mortality and other complications.4-6

    Antibody-based immunity is an important correlate of SARS-CoV-2 recovery and vaccine-associated prevention. Hematologic cancers are associated with defects in humoral and cellular immunity that may contribute to adverse COVID-19 outcomes. Impaired antibody function is a well-described complication of plasma cell neoplasms, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and other lymphoid cancers. Treatment of hematologic cancers often exacerbates these immune defects; for example, rituximab targets the pan-B cell marker CD20 and is highly effective therapy for B-cell cancers. However, B-cell depletion can cause lymphopenia and hypogammaglobulinemia and is associated with more severe COVID-19.7 Lymphopenia is known to be associated with more severe COVID-19.8

    Antibody therapy using COVID-19 convalescent plasma was associated with a therapeutic benefit in a general patient population9 and older patients10 when high titer units were administered early in the disease. A negative prospective randomized trial included only 4 patients with hematologic cancers in the convalescent plasma group.11 In patients with immunodeficiency, case reports have noted exceptional improvements in clinical status after convalescent plasma therapy, even after relatively late infusion.12 Given the absence of definitive prospective trial data in patients with hematologic cancers, we conducted a retrospective cohort study to evaluate the hypothesis that convalescent plasma therapy can correct defects in humoral deficiency and improve outcomes.

    Methods
    Setting and Participants

    The COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium (CCC19) is an international consortium aimed at understanding the clinical impact of COVID-19 in patients with cancer through a Vanderbilt University Institutional Review Board–exempted comprehensive registry. The methods for CCC19 have been described and published previously.13 We analyzed data from hospitalized US adults with a current or past diagnosis of hematologic cancers diagnosed with confirmed or suspected SARS-CoV-2 infection in 2020 and reported from March 17, 2020, to January 21, 2021 (full list of contributors is in the eAppendix in Supplement 1). Treatment exposure was defined as receiving convalescent plasma at any time during the COVID-19 illness. The exclusion criteria were incomplete follow-up resulting in unknown death status, unknown or missing convalescent plasma exposure, age younger than 18 years, mild COVID-19 not requiring hospitalization, and non-US residence. The following data elements were obtained: age, sex, race and ethnic groups, smoking status, comorbidities, the first recorded absolute lymphocyte count, type of hematologic cancer, cancer status at COVID-19 diagnosis, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status before COVID-19, receipt and timing of anticancer treatment, baseline COVID-19 severity, level of care required, other anti–COVID-19 therapies (ie, corticosteroids, remdesivir, tocilizumab, and hydroxychloroquine), and US Census region of patient's residence. Race and ethnic groups were as reported in the electronic health record of the patients and were included because of numerous reports of racial and ethnic disparities in patients with COVID-19. The Vanderbilt University Institutional Review Board determined that informed consent was not required, and all data were deidentified. The full data dictionary is provided in eTable 1 in Supplement 1. This study followed the Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) reporting guideline.

    Statistical Analysis

    We calculated bivariate frequencies to examine the associations among the baseline characteristics and receipt of convalescent plasma. The primary end point was death within 30 days of COVID-19 diagnosis. Living patients had their data censored at 30 days from diagnosis. Crude and adjusted hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% CIs to estimate the association between convalescent plasma use and 30-day all-cause mortality were calculated using Cox proportional hazards regression models. The primary analysis used propensity score matching to help account for the nonrandomized treatment administration of convalescent plasma.14 Individual propensities for receipt of convalescent plasma treatment were estimated using a multivariable probit regression model with baseline covariate adjustment using covariates that were determined a priori based on published literature and clinical importance: age, sex, race and ethnic groups, hematologic cancer type, cancer status, cancer treatment timing, ECOG performance status, obesity, presence of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, renal comorbidities, pulmonary comorbidities, receipt of cytotoxic chemotherapy within 3 months of COVID-19 diagnosis, and trimester of diagnosis (January to April 2020, May to August 2020, or September to December 2020). For matching, the nearest-neighbor method with a 1:1 ratio (treated units to control units) and 0.2 SD of the distance measure was applied to estimate the mean treatment effect.15 Marginal HRs along with 95% CIs based on cluster-robust SEs are reported. Kaplan-Meier survival curves were generated to compare survival probabilities using log-rank and stratified log-rank tests between convalescent plasma recipients and nonrecipients for unmatched and matched samples, respectively. We conducted several sensitivity analyses to explore the robustness of the findings for the primary hypothesis against the model specifications, such as varying the caliper size by ±0.1 and changing the matching order from the default maximum distance first to random order with different seeds. Exploratory subgroup analyses were conducted to determine whether patients with more severe illness (intensive care unit admission and/or mechanical ventilatory support) had differential outcome by convalescent plasma exposure.

    We interpreted findings based on the 95% CIs for the estimated measures of association. Reported P values are 2-sided, with α < .05 considered to be statistically significant. Statistical analyses were performed using R software, version 4.0.3 with packages MatchIt and Survival (R Foundation for Statistical Computing).

    Results

    As of January 21, 2021, the CCC19 registry contained 8209 case reports with complete baseline information. A total of 1761 patients (21.5%) had a primary or secondary hematologic cancer, with lymphoid cancers being the most common. After eligibility criteria were applied (eFigure 1 in Supplement 1), 966 patients (mean [SD] age, 65 [15] years; 539 [55.8%] male) were available for evaluation, of whom 143 (14.8%) received convalescent plasma treatment and 823 were untreated control patients (eFigure 2 in Supplement 1). Key patient characteristics are noted in Table 1; additional characteristics, including type of blood cancer and stage at cancer diagnosis, are provided in eTable 2 in Supplement 1. In the unmatched sample, convalescent plasma recipients were slightly younger and more likely to be male. A lower proportion of convalescent plasma recipients had pulmonary comorbidities and ECOG performance status of 2 or higher compared with the unexposed group. Convalescent plasma recipients were also more likely to be treated with corticosteroids, tocilizumab, and/or remdesivir and less likely to be treated with hydroxychloroquine. Overall, 512 patients (53.0%) had received systemic anticancer treatment within 3 months of COVID-19 diagnosis, with targeted therapies (monoclonal antibodies, small molecule inhibitors, and/or immunomodulators) being the most commonly received treatments. A total of 115 (22.5%) of those treated received an anti-CD20 antibody–containing regimen. Overall, 489 of 845 patients (57.9%) with an absolute lymphocyte count available had lymphopenia (lymphocyte count, <1500/μL [to convert to ×109/L, multiply by 0.001]) at presentation; this proportion increased to 91 (79.1%) in patients who had received anti-CD20 antibodies. Propensity score matching was successful, with good balance achieved between the exposed and nonexposed groups (eFigures 3-5 in Supplement 1). The matched nonexposed group of 143 patients had more patients with multiple myeloma (47 [32.9%] vs 31 [21.7%]), fewer patients with CLL (12 [8.4%] vs 27 [18.9%]), and lower rates of disseminated disease at cancer diagnosis (100 [69.9%] vs 114 [79.7%]). Convalescent plasma recipients were more likely to require aggressive care (with 76 [53.1%] requiring intensive care unit admission and 45 [31.5%] requiring mechanical ventilatory support). Bleeding, sepsis, pulmonary complications, and congestive heart failure were more frequent in convalescent plasma recipients, with bleeding complications occurring in 16 (11.2%) convalescent plasma recipients vs 6 (4.2%) in propensity score–matched control patients, sepsis complications in 58 (40.6%) convalescent plasma recipients vs 32 (22.4%) propensity score–matched control patients, respiratory failure in 99 (69.2%) convalescent plasma recipients vs 66 (46.2%), and congestive heart failure in 10 (7%) convalescent plasma recipients vs fewer than 5 (<3.5%; entries other than missing or unknown with fewer than 5 patients were masked per CCC19 policy). Rates of hepatic and kidney injury were similar in both groups (8 [5.6%] of convalescent plasma recipients vs 7 [4.9%] of propensity score–matched control patients had acute hepatic injury and 37 [25.9%] of convalescent plasma recipients vs 39 [27.5%] of propensity score–matched control patients had acute kidney injury) (Table 2). Rates of venous thrombosis (15 [10.5%] vs 12 [8.4%]), arterial thrombotic events (5 [3.5%] vs <5 [<3.5%]), and arrhythmias (5 [3.5%] vs <5 [<3.5%]) were low and comparable in the convalescent plasma recipients vs the propensity score–matched controls.

    With a median follow-up period of 30 days (interquartile range, 21-90 days), 223 (23.1%) deaths occurred within 30 days of COVID-19 diagnosis (Table 3). The crude mortality rate was significantly lower in convalescent plasma recipients (19 of 143 [13.3%]) compared with nonrecipients (204 of 823 [24.8%]). This difference was statistically significant after adjustment in the overall comparison (HR, 0.60; 95% CI, 0.37-0.97; P = .03) and the propensity score–matched comparison (HR, 0.52; 95% CI, 0.29-0.92; P = .03) (Table 3 and Figure). Multiple additional sensitivity analyses, including analyses that used different caliper sizes for matching and analyses with randomized matching orders, found similar results. Among the 338 patients admitted to the intensive care unit, the crude mortality rate was significantly lower in convalescent plasma recipients compared with nonrecipients in the overall comparison (adjusted HR, 0.30; 95% CI, 0.16-0.56) and the propensity score–matched comparison (HR, 0.40; 95% CI, 0.20-0.80). Among the 227 patients requiring mechanical ventilatory support, the crude mortality rate was significantly lower in convalescent plasma recipients compared with nonrecipients in the overall comparison (HR, 0.23; 95% CI, 0.10-0.50) and the propensity score–matched comparison (HR, 0.32; 95% CI, 0.14-0.72) (Table 3; eFigure 6 in Supplement 1).

    Discussion

    This cohort study adds to the accumulating evidence supporting the efficacy of convalescent plasma treatment in patients with primary or secondary immunodeficiency, including those subjected to profound immunosuppression in the setting of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.16,17 Patients with hematologic cancers may have immunodeficiencies from patient factors (including age), disease factors, and treatment factors. For example, in a single-center cohort of patients with CLL who had documented symptomatic COVID-19, 7 of 21 (33%) did not develop detectable anti–SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, notably lower than the 100% seroconversion rate observed in a noncancer population.18,19 A larger study20 recently found lower rates of seroconversion in patients with hematologic cancers, patients who received anti-CD20 antibodies, and hematopoietic transplant recipients. Several small studies21-23 have found improvement in clinical course after administration of convalescent plasma to patients with cancer, primarily hematologic cancers. Clinical improvement in COVID-19 symptoms within 48 hours of convalescent plasma transfusion was also reported in 16 of 17 patients with B-cell lymphopenia and prolonged COVID-19, 15 of whom had received anti-CD20 therapy in the 3 to 6 months before symptom onset.23

    There is historical evidence of the efficacy of passive antibody therapy for infectious diseases when given early in the disease before the development of endogenous antibody responses, including in severe acute respiratory infections.24-26 On this basis, interventional trials of convalescent plasma treatment for patients with COVID-19 are ongoing; to our knowledge, only one of these, COVID19-Convalescent Plasma for Treating Patients With Active Symptomatic COVID 19 Infection (FALP-COVID),27 is specifically recruiting patients with cancer. Despite this notable absence of prospective clinical trials specifically for patients with cancer, there was widespread availability of convalescent plasma through the Expanded Access Program (EAP) and the subsequent US Food and Drug Administration Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). The EAP was open to more than 2800 acute care facilities in the US and territories.28 Presumably, most patients in this report received treatment through the EAP, EUA, or local non–cancer-specific clinical trials.

    Lymphopenia was common in the study population, especially in patients with recent anti-CD20 treatment, as would be expected. We are unable to ascertain rates of hypogammaglobulinemia because this was not a routinely collected variable. The exact mechanism by which convalescent plasma may have mediated improved outcomes in the treated patients is likely multifactorial and could include reduction in viral load via enhanced clearance,23 reduction in secondary bacterial and fungal infections, neutralization of inflammatory cytokines that may otherwise promote a hyperinflammatory immune phenotype,29 and temporizing until the native immune system generates additional humoral and cell-mediated responses in the recovery phase after myelosuppressive or lymphodepleting anticancer therapy.

    The current study is the largest such series reported to date, to our knowledge. Because of the multi-institutional nature of the data with more than 70 contributing institutions (eAppendix in Supplement 1), these findings are unlikely to be the result of specific practice patterns at certain institutions. Variables collected through this effort, such as cancer status, prior cancer treatments, and ECOG performance status, are not readily available through automated electronic health record extractions or claims databases. Notably, despite superior survival in the convalescent plasma group, there were considerably more sepsis and respiratory complications in this group. This finding likely reflects a higher severity of SARS-CoV-2 infection rather than complications from the treatment, although this possibility cannot be entirely excluded. Adverse effects of protein-rich infusions can include thromboses, kidney injury, and volume overload.30-32 It is reassuring that the rates of thromboses are low in both recipients and nonrecipients and the rates of acute kidney injury are similar. Although low, the rate of congestive heart failure in the convalescent plasma recipients is higher than in the matched control patients, and this finding bears additional scrutiny in larger cohorts.

    Limitations

    This study has limitations, including its retrospective nature and unmeasured variables, such as the exact timing of convalescent plasma administration with respect to the date of COVID-19 diagnosis, the antibody titers and levels in the plasma that was administered, and whether repeat dosing was used. Although timing information is valuable, the feasibility of creating and maintaining a large, primarily voluntary, registry effort has necessitated study design decisions that would minimize the data entry burden for respondents; temporality is particularly burdensome and is only collected for very limited events (eg, death). As with many pharmacoepidemiological studies, immortal time bias is possible for both the time to convalescent plasma exposure in the treatment group and time from COVID-19 diagnosis to hospitalization in both recipients and nonrecipients.33 The registry data also lack details on timing and sequence of other treatment exposures in relation to convalescent plasma administration. Despite propensity matching, it is possible that residual confounding remains, and results should be interpreted with caution. For example, even after propensity matching, the convalescent plasma recipients received more corticosteroids and remdesivir. Although these agents have not been found to have a clear survival benefit in cancer populations,34 it is possible that at least part of the observed protective effect of convalescent plasma could be attributable to concomitant medications, including fewer administrations of hydroxychloroquine. There are some notable differences in blood cancer type and stage between the recipients and matched control patients, all of which would be expected to lead to worse outcomes in the recipients, where in fact the opposite was observed. These differences include more patients with multiple myeloma in the matched control patients, who have an intermediate prognosis.35-37 Conversely, more convalescent plasma recipients had CLL, which has been associated with poor outcomes.38 Convalescent plasma nonrecipients may have received less aggressive care overall because of factors other than COVID-19 (eg, advanced states of cancer); this possibility is partially addressed through adjustment for cancer status. In addition, fewer patients in the convalescent plasma–therapy group had disseminated disease at cancer diagnosis. Differential access to convalescent plasma because of health care system or socioeconomic factors, similar to what we previously observed for the investigational drug remdesivir, cannot be excluded.34 Although multi-institutional diversity is a strength of our study, it is also likely that heterogeneity in how stressed or overloaded a hospital was when the patient with COVID-19 was treated, as well as differences in academic and community settings, could have added additional potential confounding. It is possible that the findings in the first 30 days would not persist into later periods, which would require a more extended follow-up. Therefore, as with any observational study, causality cannot be inferred from these findings, but rather these findings can be viewed as contributing to the accumulating evidence regarding survival benefit with convalescent plasma treatment in patients with COVID-19 illness. Prospective randomized trials evaluating convalescent plasma in patients with hematologic cancers with attention to administration timing and consideration of repeated dosing are recommended.

    Conclusions

    This cohort study found that convalescent plasma therapy was associated with a survival benefit in patients with hematologic cancers and COVID-19. If this finding should hold up in prospective clinical trials, convalescent plasma would be, to our knowledge, the first COVID-19 intervention with a survival benefit in this high-risk population.

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    Accepted for Publication: April 14, 2021.

    Published Online: June 17, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2021.1799

    Open Access: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the CC-BY License. © 2021 Thompson MA et al. JAMA Oncology.

    Corresponding Author: Jeremy L. Warner, MD, MS, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Vanderbilt University, 2220 Pierce Ave, 777 PRB, Nashville, TN 37232 (jeremy.warner@vumc.org).

    Author Contributions: Dr Warner had full access to all the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis. Drs Thompson and Henderson contributed equally. Drs D. P. Shah and Warner contributed equally

    Concept and design: Thompson, Henderson, Rubinstein, Joyner, Choueiri, Xie, D. P. Shah, Warner.

    Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: Thompson, Henderson, P. Shah, Rubinstein, Choueiri, Flora, Griffiths, Gulati, Hwang, Koshkin, Papadopoulos, Robilotti, Su, Wulff-Burchfield, Xie, Yu, Mishra, Senefeld, D. P. Shah, Warner.

    Drafting of the manuscript: Thompson, Henderson, P. Shah, Rubinstein, Joyner, Griffiths, Xie, Yu, D. P. Shah, Warner.

    Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Thompson, Henderson, Rubinstein, Choueiri, Flora, Griffiths, Gulati, Hwang, Koshkin, Papadopoulos, Robilotti, Su, Wulff-Burchfield, Xie, Yu, Mishra, Senefeld, D. P. Shah, Warner.

    Statistical analysis: P. Shah, D. P. Shah.

    Obtained funding: Henderson, Warner.

    Administrative, technical, or material support: Thompson, Joyner, Choueiri, Flora, Griffiths, Hwang, Koshkin, Wulff-Burchfield, Yu, Mishra.

    Supervision: Thompson, Henderson, Choueiri, Senefeld, D. P. Shah, Warner.

    Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Thompson reported receiving personal fees from Adaptive, BMS, Elsevier, Epizyme, Takeda, and AIM Specialty Health, royalties from UpToDate, personal fees from GRAIL/Illumina, and nonfinancial support (travel) from Syapse outside the submitted work. Dr Henderson reported receiving personal fees from Immunome outside the submitted work. Dr P. Shah reported receiving grants from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority during the conduct of the study. Dr Choueiri reported receiving nonfinancial support from the COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium, the European Society of Medical Oncology COVID-19 Registry for Patients With Cancer, and the COVID-19 and Cancer Outcomes Study during the conduct of the study and receiving honoraria from Pfizer, Exelixis, BMS, Merck, Roche/Genentech, Novartis, and Lilly and royalties for UpToDate outside the submitted work. Dr Griffiths reported receiving personal fees from Takeda Oncology, AbbVie, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Celgene/BMS, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, and Boston Biomedical, nonfinancial support from Appelis Pharmaceuticals, and grants from Genentech outside the submitted work. Dr Hwang reported receiving grants from Merck, Exelixis, Bayer, AstraZeneca, Genentech, Dendreon, and Bausch, personal fees from Sanofi/Genzyme, Exelixis, Bristol Myers Squibb, Astellas, Medivation, Bayer, and Janssen Scientific, and owning stock in Johnson and Johnson outside the submitted work. Dr Koshkin reported receiving personal fees from AstraZeneca, Clovis, Janssen, Pfizer, EMD Serono, Seattle Genetics/Astellas, and Dendreon and grants from Endocyte, Nektar, Clovis, Taiho, and Janssen outside the submitted work. Dr Wulff-Burchfield reported receiving personal fees from Exelixis, BMS Consulting, and Pfizer Global and having a family member with stock ownership in Immunomedics and Nektar outside the submitted work. Dr Mishra reported receiving grants from the National Cancer Institute during the conduct of the study. Dr Senefeld reported having a contract with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority during the conduct of the study. Dr D. P. Shah reported receiving grants from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, American Cancer Society, and Hope Foundation for Cancer Research during the conduct of the study. Dr Warner reported receiving grants from the National Cancer Institute during the conduct of the study, nonfinancial support from HemOnc.org LLC, and personal fees from Westat and IBM Watson Oncology outside the submitted work. No other disclosures were reported.

    Funding/Support: This project has been funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority under contract 75A50120C00096 (Drs Joyner, P. Shah, and D. P. Shah); National Cancer Institute grants P30 CA008748 (Drs Robilloti and Papadopolous), P30 CA046592 (Dr Su), P30 CA054174 (Drs P. Shah and D. P. Shah), P30 CA068485 (Drs Warner and Mishra), T32 CA236621 (Dr Su), and U01 CA231840 (Dr Warner); National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences grant UL1 TR002377 (Dr Joyner); Schwab Charitable Fund (Eric E. Schmidt, Wendy Schmidt, donors) (Dr Joyner); United Health Group (Dr Joyner); National Basketball Association (Dr Joyner); Millennium Pharmaceuticals (Dr Joyner); Octapharma USA Inc (Dr Joyner); grant MRSG-16-152-01-CCE from the American Cancer Society and Hope Foundation for Cancer Research (Dr. P. Shah); the Longer Life Foundation: A RGA/Washington University Partnership (Dr Henderson); and the Mayo Clinic (Drs Joyner and Senefeld). REDCap is developed and supported by the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research under grant UL1 TR000445 from National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences/National Institutes of Health.

    Role of the Funder/Sponsor: The funding sources had no role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript; and decision to submit the manuscript for publication.

    Group Information: A complete list of members of the COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium at sites contributing to this analysis appears in Supplement 2.

    Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy or position of the US Department of Health and Human services and its agencies, including the Biomedical Research and Development Authority and the US Food and Drug Administration, as well as any agency of the US government. Assumptions made within and interpretations from the analysis are not reflective of the position of any US government entity.

    Additional Contributions: We thank all members of the CCC19 steering committee: Toni K. Choueiri, Narjust Duma, Dimitrios Farmakiotis, Petros Grivas, Gilberto de Lima Lopes Jr, Corrie A. Painter, Solange Peters, Brian I. Rini, Dimpy P. Shah, Michael A. Thompson, and Jeremy L. Warner, for their invaluable guidance of the CCC19 consortium. A list of individuals who made substantial contributions to data collection is provided in the eAppendix in Supplement 1; these contributions were uncompensated.

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