Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Br J Cancer. 2005 Jul 11;93(1):7-14.

HER2 expression and efficacy of dose-dense anthracycline-containing adjuvant chemotherapy in breast cancer patients.

Author information

  • 1Department of Medical Oncology, National Cancer Research Institute, Genoa, Italy. lucia.delmastro@istge.it

Abstract

No data are available on the role of HER2 overexpression in predicting the efficacy of dose-dense anthracycline-containing adjuvant chemotherapy in breast cancer patients. We retrospectively evaluated this role in patients enrolled in a phase III study comparing standard FEC21 (5-fluorouracil, epirubicin, and cyclophosphamide, administered every 3 weeks) vs dose-dense FEC14 (the same regimen repeated every 2 weeks). HER2 status was determined for 731 of 1214 patients. Statistical analyses were performed to test for interaction between treatment and HER2 status with respect to event-free survival (EFS) and overall survival (OS); EFS and OS were compared within each HER2 subgroup and within each treatment arm. Median follow-up was 6.7 years. Among FEC21-treated patients, both EFS (HR=2.07; 95% CI 1.27-3.38) and OS (HR=2.47; 95% CI 1.34-4.57) were significantly worse in HER2 + patients than in HER2 - patients. Among FEC14-treated patients, differences in either EFS (HR=1.21; 95% CI 0.65-2.24) or OS (HR=1.85; 95% CI 0.88-3.89) between HER2 + and HER2 - patients were not statistically significant. Interaction analysis suggested that the use of dose-dense FEC14 might remove the negative prognostic effect of HER2 overexpression on EFS and OS. Our data suggest a potential role of HER-2 overexpression in predicting the efficacy of dose-dense epirubicin-containing chemotherapy and the need to confirm this hypothesis in future prospective studies.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Nature Publishing Group Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk