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Poster Display session 2

4528 - Systemic Therapy in 2nd-Line Metastatic Triple Negative Breast Cancer (mTNBC): A Systematic Literature Review (SLR) and Meta-Analysis (MA) of Efficacy


29 Sep 2019


Poster Display session 2


Tumour Site

Breast Cancer


Peter Kaufman


Annals of Oncology (2019) 30 (suppl_5): v104-v142. 10.1093/annonc/mdz242


P.A. Kaufman1, C.S. Kwon2, J. Feliciano3, T. Westley2, A. Forsythe2, P. Garfin3, L. Brown3

Author affiliations

  • 1 Breast Oncology, Division Of Hematology/oncology, University of Vermont Cancer Center, 05401 - Burlington/US
  • 2 Health Technology Assessment, Purple Squirrel Economics, 10010 - New York/US
  • 3 Global Health Economics & Outcomes Research, Seattle Genetics, Inc., Bothell/US


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Abstract 4528


Triple negative breast cancer carries a poor prognosis. Cytotoxic chemotherapy (chemo) is the standard of care. Recent data demonstrate that immunotherapy and anti-body drug conjugate based therapy can improve outcomes. Nevertheless survival remains poor. This SLR and MA was performed to assess the efficacy of current treatments for 2 nd line (2L) mTNBC.


EMBASE, MEDLINE, Cochrane databases were systematically searched from database inception to December 2018 for relevant studies of mTNBC with any systemic therapies in metastatic disease. Relevant congresses proceedings since 2016 and ClinicalTrials.gov were also searched. This SLR followed PRISMA guidelines with scope defined in terms of PICOS criteria (Population, Intervention, Comparators, Outcomes and Study design). Weighted averages (WA) for outcomes by treatment arm and line of therapy (LOT) were calculated. In addition, MA of overall response rate (ORR) among patients receiving single agent chemo (single chemo) as 2L and first line or later (1L+) was carried out using random-effects modeling for ORR.


44 original studies were selected: 22 with 1L+, 7 with 2L, 15 with 2L or later (2L+). WAs of outcomes are presented in the Table. WAs of ORR for single chemo were less than ORR for combination chemo or chemo & biologics. No treatment showed consistently better survival over other treatments across all 3 groupings. MA of ORR in patients receiving single chemo as 2L and 1L+ were 11.9% (95% CI: 4.6, 20.8) and 15.6% (95% CI: 8.8-32.9), respectively. Table. Weighted Averages of Clinical Outcomes by Treatment and Line of Therapy.Table:


TreatmentLine of TherapyOverall Response Rate (%)Progression Free Survival (median months)Overall Survival (median months)

Single agent






Chemotherapy &




There is no clear standard of care in 2L TNBC. Response rates are low for single chemo and although response rates improve with combination therapies, no treatment regimen has demonstrated definitive improvement in outcomes. These results reinforce the need for new treatment strategies for mTNBC after 1L.

Clinical trial identification

Editorial acknowledgement

Legal entity responsible for the study

Purple Squirrel Economics.


Seattle Genetics, Inc.


P.A. Kaufman: Full / Part-time employment: Seattle Genetics, Inc. J. Feliciano: Full / Part-time employment: Seattle Genetics, Inc. P. Garfin: Full / Part-time employment: Seattle Genetics, Inc. L. Brown: Full / Part-time employment: Seattle Genetics, Inc. All other authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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