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Poster Display session 2

5867 - Incidence of tumour BRCA1/2 variants in relapsed, platinum-sensitive ovarian, fallopian tube and primary peritoneal cancer


29 Sep 2019


Poster Display session 2


Tumour Site

Ovarian Cancer


Robert Morgan


Annals of Oncology (2019) 30 (suppl_5): v403-v434. 10.1093/annonc/mdz250


R.D. Morgan1, M. Bulman2, A.R. Clamp1, S. MacMohon3, L. Thompson3, S. Ribeiro3, A. Davies4, R. Best4, S. Palmer-Smith4, B. Frugtniet4, D..G.R. Evans2, G.C. Jayson1, A.J. Wallace2

Author affiliations

  • 1 Medical Oncology Department, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, M20 4BX - Manchester/GB
  • 2 St Mary's Hospital, Manchester, Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine, M13 - JH/GB
  • 3 Clinical Genetics, The Royal Marsden NHS Trust, SW3 - JJ/GB
  • 4 , University Hospital Of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, All Wales Genetics Laboratory, Institute of Medical Genetics, CF14 - AY/GB


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Abstract 5867


Randomised phase 3 trials have demonstrated that poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors significantly improve progression-free survival in BRCA-mutant high-grade serous and endometrioid ovarian carcinoma. Consequently, the demand for germline and tumour BRCA1/2testing has increased significantly throughout the UK. We report results from a tumour BRCA1/2testing service available to cancer centres across England, Wales and Northern Ireland from July 2017 to February 2019.


DNA extracted from formalin fixed, paraffin-embedded tumour samples underwent next generation sequencing for BRCA1/2 variants. Eligibility criteria included relapsed, platinum-sensitive ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer with germline BRCA1/2wild-type or unknown germline. Patients also had to have received ≥2 prior lines of platinum-based chemotherapy. A confirmatory histopathology report was requested as part of the tumour BRCA1/2testing service.


Two hundred and ninety-three histologically-confirmed high-grade serous and/or endometrioid ovarian cancer tumour samples underwent tumour BRCA1/2testing. The prevalence of pathogenic (class 5) or likely pathogenic (class 4) variants was 17.7% (52/293). The germline BRCA1/2was wild-type for 185/293 (63.1%) of patients, with the remaining 36.9% (108/293) with germline BRCA1/2unknown. There were at least 36 (12.3%) pathogenic/likely pathogenic somatic BRCA1/2variants detected. The allele fraction for somatic BRCA1/2pathogenic variants ranged from 0.06 to 0.98, with 50% (18/36) reported with an allele fraction of ≥ 0.5 (50%), in keeping with putative biallelic loss-of-function.


Prospective evaluation of paired germline and tumour BRCA1/2testing in all women who are diagnosed with platinum-sensitive high-grade serous and/or endometrioid ovarian cancer in the UK is now required to validate these findings.

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All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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