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Survival outcome of weak estrogen /progesterone receptor expression in Her2 negative breast cancer is similar to triple negative breast cancer

Date

20 Dec 2015

Session

Poster presentation 2

Presenters

Guo-Shiou Liao

Citation

Annals of Oncology (2015) 26 (suppl_9): 16-33. 10.1093/annonc/mdv519

Authors

G. Liao1, H. Hsu1, C. Chu2, Z. Hong2, C. Fu2, Y. Chou3, T. Huang4, M. Dai4, J. Yu2

Author affiliations

  • 1 Surgery, Tri-Service General Hospital-Neihu District, 114 - Taipei/TW
  • 2 Surgery, Tri-Service General Hospital-Neihu District, Taipei/TW
  • 3 School Of Public Health, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei/TW
  • 4 Division Of Hematology/oncology, Tri-Service General Hospital-Neihu District, Taipei/TW
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Aim/Background

Recent publications have suggested that human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative breast cancers with “weak” estrogen receptor (ER)/progesterone receptor (PR) expression levels by immunohistochemical (IHC) analysis were considered as the triple-negative (TN) subtype. This study aimed to evaluate the overall survival (OS), disease-free survival rates (DFS), and disease-specific survival (DSS) based on ER and PR expression levels into one of three groups, ER and PR <1%, ER and PR 1%-20%, and ER or PR >20% by hormone therapy.

Methods

Medical records of 3353 breast cancer patients treated from 2006 to 2013 were retrospectively reviewed. Tumor characteristics, type of treatment, OS, DFS and DDS were evaluated among the three patient groups.

Results

Analysis of patient characteristics showed significant differences in age, tumor grade, tumor size, lymph node status, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy among groups. Regarding OS, there were significant differences according to the received hormone therapy in the different groups: ER and PR <1% (P = 0.972), ER and PR 1%-20% (P = 0.264), and ER or PR >20% (P = 0.014). Regarding DFS, there were significant differences in the different groups: ER and PR <1% (P = 0.611), ER and PR 1%-20% (P = 0.847), and ER or PR >20% (P = 0.031). Regarding DDS, there were significant differences in the different groups: ER and PR <1% (P = 0.766), ER and PR 1%-20% (P = 0.629), and ER or PR >20% (P = 0.002).

Conclusions

In HER2 negative breast cancer patient with hormone therapy, ER and PR expression level of 1%-20% has similar survival outcome to the ER and PR expression level of <1% by IHC analysis.

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Disclosure

All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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