226PD - First line hormone therapy vs chemotherapy for HR+ HER2- metastatic breast cancer in the phase III STIC CTC trial: clinical choice and validity of...

Date 09 October 2016
Event ESMO 2016 Congress
Session Breast cancer, metastatic
Topics Breast Cancer
Presenter Francois-Clement Bidard
Citation Annals of Oncology (2016) 27 (6): 68-99. 10.1093/annonc/mdw365
Authors F. Bidard1, E. Brain1, W. Jacot2, T. Bachelot3, S. Ladoire4, H. Bourgeois5, A. Gonçalves6, H. Naman7, J. Gligorov8, F. Dalenc9, C. Levy10, M. Espie11, J. Ferrero12, E. Luporsi13, M. Sablin1, C. Dubot1, M. Chevrier14, F. Berger14, C. Alix-Panabieres15, J. Pierga1
  • 1Medical Oncology, Institut Curie, 75248 - Paris/FR
  • 2Department Of Medical Oncology, Institut du Cancer de Montpellier (ICM), 34298 - Montpellier/FR
  • 3Service Oncologie Medicale, Centre Léon Bérard, Lyon/FR
  • 4Medical Oncology, Centre Georges-François Leclerc (Dijon), Dijon/FR
  • 5Oncology, Clinique Victor Hugo Le Mans, Le Mans/FR
  • 6Oncologie Médicale, Institute Paoli Calmettes, 13274 - Marseille/FR
  • 7Department Of Medical Oncology, Centre azuréen de Cancérologie, Mougins/FR
  • 8Medical Oncology, APHP, CancerEst, Tenon University Hospital, Paris/FR
  • 9Medical Oncology, Institut Universitaire du Cancer -Toulouse- Oncopole, Toulouse/FR
  • 10Oncology, Centre Francois Baclesse, Caen/FR
  • 11Medical Oncology, Assistance Publique - Hopitaux De Paris, Paris/FR
  • 12Medical Oncology, Centre Antoine Lacassagne, Nice/FR
  • 13Medical Oncology, Institut de Cancérologie de Lorraine - Alexis Vautrin, Vandoeuvre les Nancy/FR
  • 14Biostatistics, Institut Curie, 75248 - Paris/FR
  • 15Laboratory Of Rare Human Circulating Tumor Cells, University Medical Center of Montpellier, 34830 - Montpellier/FR



In patients (pts) diagnosed with HR+ HER2- metastatic BC the choice between by front-line hormone therapy (HT, favored option) or chemotherapy (CT) is based on prognostic factors that are overpassed by CTC count. The STIC CTC trial is a large multicentric phase III randomized trial comparing two strategies to choose the front-line treatment type: decision by clinician vs by CTC levels.


Clinical/pathological characteristics were registered at time of inclusion, together with the a priori treatment preferred by clinicians (HT or CT). CTC count was then performed by CellSearch® and pts were randomized between a priori treatment and CTC-driven treatment (HT if


This analysis was performed on 530 randomized pts. Main adverse prognostic factors were PS = 2 or 3 (7%), liver (20%) or pleuropulmonary (37%) metastases, >= 3 metastatic sites (34%), lymphocytopenia (39%). HT was the a priori treatment for 371 pts (70%) and CT for 159 pts (30%). Characteristics independently associated with the a priori choice were: age (p = 0.01), center (p 


In the absence of any predictive factor, treatment decision is influenced by numerous prognostic factors, among which CTC count appears to play a central role. Patients are followed up to compare the outcome of CTC-driven decision vs a priori clinical decision.

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Institut Curie




All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.