We retrospectively evaluated the predictive and prognostic role of HER2 expression in 44 metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patients treated with high-dose consolidation chemotherapy (HDCT) and autologous stem cell support after induction chemotherapy (IC) with six courses of epirubicin+paclitaxel (22 patients) or gemcitabine+epirubicin+paclitaxel (22 patients). HER2 expression was evaluated by an immunohistochemical method (Herceptest, Dako). A total of 13 patients (29.5%) showed a HER2 overexpression (score 3+). After IC, nine patients were in complete response (CR), 30 in partial response (PR), and five in stable disease (SD); after HDCT, 20 (45.5%) obtained a CR, and 23 were in PR, for a conversion rate of 48.5%. Conversion rate for HER2-positive patients was 87.5 vs 37% for HER2-negative patients (P=0.018). The median progression-free (PFS) and overall survivals (OS) were 17.6 (95% CI 13.2-22.0) and 44 (95% CI 25.9-62.3) months, respectively. Patients with HER2 overexpression experienced a significantly (P=0.0042) shorter median PFS (15.3 months, 95% CI 11.1-19.5) compared to HER2-negative patients (21.3 months, 95% CI 14.3-28.4). The median OS was 27.6 months (95% CI 4.5-50.7) in HER2-positive patients and 50.3 months (95% CI 38.7-62.0) in HER2-negative patients (P=0.345). These results indicate that HER2 overexpression predicts a worse outcome for patients with MBC treated with HDCT, despite the high CR rate obtained in this subset of patients.
|Autori:||GUARNERI V; BENGALA C; ORLANDINI C; GENNARI A; DONATI S; CAMPANI D; COLLECCHI P; MAUR M; CONTE PF.|
|Titolo:||HER2 overexpression as a prognostic factor in metastatic breast cancer patients treated with high-dose chemotherapy and autologous stem cell support|
|Anno del prodotto:||2004|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|