The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence of and survival following brain metastases among women with inflammatory breast cancer (IBC).
Two hundred and three women with newly diagnosed stage III/IV IBC diagnosed from 2003 to 2008, with known Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) and hormone receptor status, were identified. Cumulative incidence of brain metastases was computed. Survival estimates were computed using the Kaplan-Meier product limit method. Multivariable Cox proportional hazards models were fitted to explore the relationship between breast tumor subtype and time to brain metastases.
Median follow-up was 20 months. Thirty-two (15.8%) patients developed brain metastases with a cumulative incidence at 1 and 2 years of 2.7% and 18.7%, respectively. Eleven (5.3%) patients developed brain metastases as the first site of recurrence with cumulative incidence at 1 and 2 years of 1.6% and 5.7%, respectively. Compared with women with triple receptor-negative IBC, those with hormone receptor-positive/HER2-negative disease [hazard ratio (HR) = 0.55, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.19-1.51, P = 0.24] had a decreased risk of developing brain metastases, and those with HER2-positive disease (HR = 1.02, 95% CI 0.43-2.40, P = 0.97) had an increased risk of developing brain metastases, although these associations were not statistically significant. Median survival following a diagnosis of brain metastases was 6 months.
Women with newly diagnosed IBC have a high early incidence of brain metastases associated with poor survival and may be an ideal cohort to target for site-specific screening.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Significant improvements in the survival of women with breast cancer have been observed and are attributed to a multidisciplinary approach and the introduction of polychemotherapy and endocrine regimens. The objective of this population-based study was to determine whether women with inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) who received treatment in a modern era had a poorer survival compared those with non-IBC locally advanced breast cancer (LABC).
The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program registry was searched to identify women with stage IIIB/C breast cancer diagnosed between 2004 and 2007 who had undergone surgery and radiotherapy. Patients were categorized as either having IBC or non-IBC LABC according the sixth edition of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) criteria. Breast cancer-specific survival (BCS) was estimated using the Kaplan-Meier product limit method and compared across groups using the log-rank statistic. Cox models were then fitted to compare the association between breast cancer type and BCS after adjusting for patient and tumor characteristics.
A total of 828 (19.2%) women and 3476 (80.8%) women had stage IIIB/C IBC and non-IBC LABC, respectively. The median follow-up was 19 months. The 2-year BCS rate was 90% (95% confidence interval [95% CI], 88%-91%) for the entire cohort and 84% (95%CI, 80%-87%) and 91% (95%CI, 90%-91%) among women with IBC and non-IBC LABC, respectively. In the multivariable model, patients with IBC were found to have a 43% increased risk of death from breast cancer compared with patients with non-IBC LABC (hazard ratio, 1.43; 95%CI, 1.10-1.86 [P = .008]).
In the era of multidisciplinary management and anthracycline-based and taxane-based polychemotherapy regimens, women with IBC continue to have worse survival outcomes compared with those with non-IBC LABC.
Cancer 05/2011; 117(9):1819-26. DOI:10.1002/cncr.25682 · 4.89 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Brain metastases (BM) occur in 20% to 40% of patients with cancer and result in significant morbidity and poor survival. The main therapeutic options include surgery, whole brain radiotherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery and chemotherapy. Although significant progress has been made in diagnostic and therapeutic methods, the prognosis in these patients remains poor. Furthermore, the poor penetrability of chemotherapy agents through the blood brain barrier (BBB) continues to pose a challenge in the management of this disease. Preclinical evidence suggests that new targeted treatments can improve local tumor control but our clinical experience with these agents remains limited. In addition, several clinical studies with these novel agents have produced disappointing results. This review will examine the knowledge of targeted therapies in BM. The preclinical and clinical evidence of their use in BM induced by breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer and melanoma will be presented. In addition, we will discuss the role of antiangiogenic and radiosensitising agents in the treatment of BM and the current strategies available to increase BBB permeability. A better understanding of the mechanism of action of these agents will help us to identify the best targets for testing in future clinical studies.
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