Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy In Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: A Multicentric Retrospective Observational Study In Real-Life Setting.

Research paper by Teresa T Gamucci, Laura L Pizzuti, Isabella I Sperduti, Lucia L Mentuccia, Angela A Vaccaro, Luca L Moscetti, Paolo P Marchetti, Luisa L Carbognin, Andrea A Michelotti, Laura L Iezzi, Alessandra A Cassano, Antonino A Grassadonia, Antonio A Astone, Andrea A Botticelli, Emanuela E Magnolfi, et al.

Indexed on: 16 Jul '17Published on: 16 Jul '17Published in: Journal of Cellular Physiology


We aimed to assess the efficacy of neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) in a cohort of 213 triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) patients treated in real-world practice at 8 Italian cancer centres. We computed descriptive statistics for all the variable of interest. Factors testing significant in univariate analysis were included in multivariate models. Survival data were compared by Kaplan-Meier curves and log-rank test. The median follow-up was 45 months. We observed 60 (28.2%) pathological complete response (pCR). The sequential anthracyclines-taxanes-based regimens produced the highest rate of pCR (42.6%), followed by concomitant anthracycline-taxane (24.2%), and other regimens (15.6%) (p = 0.008). When analyzing the role of baseline Ki-67, a 50% cut-off was the optimal threshold value for pCR prediction (p = 0.0005). The 5-year disease-free survival (DFS) was 57.3% and the 5-year overall survival (OS) was 70.8%. In patients not achieving pCR, the optimal Ki-67 variation between biopsy and surgical specimen with prognostic relevance on long-term outcomes was 13% (p = 0.04). Patients with a Ki-67 reduction (rKi-67) < 13% had worse outcomes compared to those who experienced pCR or a rKi-67≥13%. The number of NACT cycles also affected long-term outcomes (5-year DFS 65.7% vs 51.6% in patients having received >6 cycles compared with their counterparts, p = 0.02). In multivariate analysis, node status, grading and bio-pathological treatment response (including pCR and rKi-67) impacted DFS and OS. Our results confirmed the advantage conferred by more than 6 cycles of a sequential antracycline-taxane-based NACT. Higher baseline Ki-67 values shows greater predictive significance on pathogical response, while the rKi-67 plays a prognostic role on long-term outcomes. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.