349P - Risk of locoregional recurrence after mastectomy by hormone receptor status and HER2 status in breast cancer patients with 1-3 positive nodes

Date 27 September 2014
Event ESMO 2014
Session Poster Display session
Topics Biomarkers
Breast Cancer, Locally Advanced
Surgery and/or Radiotherapy of Cancer
Presenter Takashi Fujita
Citation Annals of Oncology (2014) 25 (suppl_4): iv110-iv115. 10.1093/annonc/mdu328
Authors T. Fujita1, M. Sawaki2, M. Hattori1, N. Kondou2, A. Yoshimura2, N. Gondou2, M. Ichikawa2, H. Kotani2, Y. Adachi2, T. Hisada2, J. Ishiguro2, H. Iwata1
  • 1Breast Oncology, Aichi Cancer Center, 464-8681 - Nagoya/JP
  • 2Breast Oncology, Aichi Cancer Center Hospital, Nagoya/JP



The postmastectomy irradiation therapy (PMRT) was standard treatment for patients with more than four involved axillar lymph nodes. But patient with 1-3 positive axillar lymph nodes is controversial. To identify subgroups of patients with 1-3 positive axillar lymph nodes at significant risk of locoregional recurrence (LRR) who might furthermore benefit from the addition of PMRT.


We retrospectively analyzed the outcomes of 181 patients who had 1-3 positive nodes and treated with mastectomy without adjuvant irradiation between 2003 and 2008 in our hospital. Median follow-up time was 83.2 months. 156 (86.2%) patients received adjuvant chemotherapy (anthracycline alone: 29, anthracycline followed by taxane: 95, taxan alone: 10, CMF: 22 ). 76.9% (30/39) of the patients with HER2 positive cancer received trastuzumab and 92.3%(144/156) of the patients with hormone receptor positive cancer received hormone therapy. The median number of lymph nodes removed was 20. The rate of LRR and cause-specific survival were calculated by the Kaplan-Meier method, with comparisons among groups performed using log-rank tests.


13 patients developed LRR as first events (local: 9, regional: 4). The 5-years and 10-years rates of LRR were 7.3 % and 8.6%, respectively. And the 5-years and 10-years rates of cause-specific survival were 95.1% and 91.7%, respectively. Furthermore, we analyzed the rates of LRR regard to subtype of tumor (ER+ group : ER+ and HER2-, HER2+ group: HER2+ and ER any, TN group: ER-and HER2-). The 5-year rates of LRR were 5.1%, 7.5%, and 24.5 % for patients with ER+ group, HER2+ group, TN group, respectively ( ER+ group vs TN group: p = 0.008, ER+ group vs HER2 group: p = 0.574 ). The 10-years rates of LRR were nearly identical among ER+ group and HER2+ group (7.0% vs 7.5%). The 5-years and 10-years rates of LRR were less than 10% for patients with any pathological tumor size.


Patients who had 1-3 positive axillar lymph node and TN subtype tumor experience the 5-year rate of LRR in excess of 20% and should be offered PMRT.


H. Iwata: Honoraria (Chugai Pharma, Hiroji Iwata). All other authors have declared no conflicts of interest.