Peng Yuan

Chongqing Cancer Hospital and Institute, Ch’ung-ch’ing-shih, Chongqing Shi, China

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    ABSTRACT: GATA3 is a critical transcription factor in the development of various human systems. The notion that GATA3 expression is required for the differentiation and maintenance of normal breast tissue has been well established. Recently, GATA3 is found to actively participate in the multistep process leading breast cancer pathogenesis, including tumorigenesis, tumor differentiation, epithelial mesenchymal transition, and metastasis through regulation of various target genes. On the other hand, several studies have raised questions and highlighted the role of GATA3-low or GATA3-negative cells during the malignant development of breast cancer. In addition to gene expression, GATA3 mutations provide another dimension of complexity. As one of the most frequently mutated genes in breast cancer, GATA3 mutations may have an effect on DNA-binding ability, protein production, and transactivation activity. Recognition of the multiple function of GATA3 in breast cancer will serve to deepen our understanding of the nature of this disease and develop novel therapeutic approaches. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    Medicinal Research Reviews 08/2015; DOI:10.1002/med.21362 · 8.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A promising option as the treatment of choice for premenopausal patients with locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer (MBC) could be the combination of a luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone analog and an aromatase inhibitor. However, no prospective studies on the efficacy of goserelin with exemestane in locally advanced or MBC premenopausal breast cancer patients have been reported.We present the phase II trial of goserelin plus exemestane in a total of 44 premenopausal women with locally advanced or MBC. All patients received a subcutaneous injection of 3.6 mg goserelin every 4 weeks along with 25 mg exemestane daily. The primary end point was progression-free survival (PFS). The second end point included overall survival (OS), objective response rate (ORR), duration of response (DOR), and clinical benefit rate (CBR) based on complete response (CR), partial response (PR), or stable disease (SD) for ≥6 months.The median PFS was 13 months (range: 2-42 months). The median DOR was 8 months (range: 2-40 months). Two patients achieved CR (4.5%), and 15 patients experienced PR (34.1%). Fifteen patients (34.1%) had SD ≥6 months. The ORR was 38.6%, and the CBR was 65.9%. Primary progressive disease occurred in 15 patients (34.1%). Five patients (11.4%) died during the study period. Because a few patients have died, the median OS has not been reached. Drug therapy was well tolerated. The most frequent grade-3 adverse events were arthralgia (18.2%), skin rash (6.8%), and myalgia (4.5%). No participants withdrew from the study due to drug toxicity.This study suggested that goserelin and exemestane might be highly effective and well-tolerated regimens in premenopausal women with hormone-responsive, locally advanced or MBC.
    Medicine 07/2015; 94(26):e1006. DOI:10.1097/MD.0000000000001006 · 4.87 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In this prospective study, progression-free survival (PFS) and the safety profiles of docetaxel/capecitabine (TX) and vinorelbine/capecitabine (NX) followed by capecitabine maintenance therapy were compared in patients with metastatic breast cancer. Patients with advanced metastatic breast cancer were randomly assigned to a TX group (n = 104) and an NX group (n = 102), both of which included capecitabine maintenance medication. The primary endpoint was progression-free survival (PFS). The trial met its primary endpoint and was closed to accrual subsequent to interim analysis. Forty-eight patients in the TX group (46.2%) and 42 patients in the NX group (41.2%) received maintenance medication. The median PFS (8.4 vs 7.1 months; P = .0026; 95% confidence interval, 1.18-2.3; hazard ratio, 1.65), the response duration (7.8 vs 6.6 months; P = .0451), and the median overall survival (OS) (35.3 vs 19.8 months; P = .1349; 95% confidence interval, 0.88-2.47; hazard ratio, 1.48) in the TX group appeared to be longer compared with those in the NX group, although the difference did reach not statistical significance. Patients aged ≥40 years who were postmenopausal and presented with visceral metastases were more likely to benefit from the TX regimen in terms of PFS and OS, whereas positive hormone receptor and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 status or a history of taxane treatments did not affect differences in PFS and OS between the TX and NX groups. Hand-foot syndrome occurred more frequently in the TX group than in the NX group (47% vs 16.7%; P < .0001), but the frequencies of other minor adverse effects were similar in both groups. A TX regimen for advanced breast cancer followed by capecitabine maintenance medication led to longer PFS and response duration than an NX regimen, even for patients who had previously received taxane in (neo)adjuvant settings. Cancer 2015. © 2015 American Cancer Society. © 2015 American Cancer Society.
    Cancer 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/cncr.29492 · 4.90 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Estrogen receptor (ER) and progesterone receptor (PR) overexpression can be used to predict patient prognosis in breast cancer (BC). Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) is a reliable predictive marker in invasive breast cancer (IBC). Thin-Prep (TP) specimens are commonly utilized for immunocytochemistry (ICC) in fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC). Thus, we sought to investigate if the incorporation of molecular diagnosis performed on TP-processed specimens is applicable in clinical practice.Hormone receptors (HRs) and HER2 immunocytochemistry was performed on 542 primary breast cancer FNAC specimens using the TP method. One hundred fourteen HER2 fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) analyses were performed on HER2 ICC 2+ FNAC specimens and the corresponding tissue samples. HRs results of TP slides and those of formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) slides were correlated well for ER (concordance rate = 93.3%, kappa value = 0.85) and PR (concordance rate = 88.6%, kappa value = 0.75). HER2 results for the TP slides and those of the matched FFPE slides also correlated well (concordance rate = 80.0%, kappa value = 0.62). The specificity of HER2 was 97.3%; however, the sensitivity was only 67.1%. Cytological specimens and histological samples showed a strong correlation (concordance rate = 99.1%, kappa value = 0.98) while being used to evaluate HER2 gene amplification.FNAC is a minimally invasive technique that can be used as an alternative method to collect tissue especially in cases where an excisional or core biopsy is difficult to obtain, or when recurrence is present. The results of ICC HRs in FNAC TP specimens may be used instead, but HER2 assessment may not be reliable enough for clinical use. FISH testing is necessary in this setting.
    Medicine 06/2015; 94(24):e981. DOI:10.1097/MD.0000000000000981 · 4.87 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: No standard chemotherapy has been defined for metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patients pretreated with anthracyclines and taxanes. A multicenter phase 2 study was conducted to evaluate the safety and efficacy of oral etoposide in patients with MBC.Eligible patients were treated with repeated cycles of oral etoposide (60 mg/m/d on days 1-10, followed by 11 days of rest). The primary endpoint was progression-free survival (PFS). The secondary endpoints were objective response rate, clinical benefit rate (CBR), and toxicity profiles.Seventy-five women with MBC were enrolled at 10 centers in China. Seven (9.3%) patients achieved partial response (PR) and 29 (38.7%) had stable disease (SD). Nine patients (12%) had SD for >24 weeks and the CBR was 21.3% (16/75). The median PFS was 4.5 (range, 1.3-7.7) months. Of the 38 patients who received ≥3 regimens prior to this study, 2 (5.3%) had PR and 3 (7.9%) had SD for >24 weeks, with a CBR of 13.2%. The reported grade 3/4 adverse events included leukopenia (13.3%, n = 10), neutropenia (17.9%, n = 14), anemia (2.7%, n = 2), vomiting (2.6%, n = 2), and alopecia (1.3%, n = 1).Oral etoposide was effective and well tolerated in Chinese women with pretreated MBC.
    Medicine 05/2015; 94(17):e774. DOI:10.1097/MD.0000000000000774 · 4.87 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study aimed to evaluate the associations between metabolic syndrome (MS) and its components at initial diagnosis and outcomes of breast cancer including triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) and non-TNBC. A cohort of 1,391 patients was reviewed between January 2004 and July 2008 (including 394 TNBC and 855 non-TNBC cases). MS and its components including body mass index (BMI), serum high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and triglycerides (TG) and their relationships with clinical outcomes were analyzed and then compared between groups. The incidences of MS and its components including BMI, the levels of HDL and TG were not differently distributed between the 2 groups (all p's >0.05). However, more TNBC than non-TNBC patients presented with hypertension and elevated serum glucose (20.3% vs. 14.9% and 16.0% vs. 10.8%, p = 0.018 and p = 0.012, respectively). TNBC patients had poorer 5-year relapse-free survival (RFS) than non-TNBC patients (72.8% vs. 84.2%, p<0.0001). Only in the TNBC group, patients with low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) demonstrated worse RFS and overall survival (OS; p<0.0001). Multivariate analysis identified that low HDL was an independent worse prognostic factor for both RFS (hazard ratio [HR] = 3.266, 95% confidence interval [95%CI], 2.087-5.112, p<0.0001) and OS (HR = 3.071, 95%CI, 1.732-5.445, p<0.0001) in TNBC patients. Decreased level of HDL may predict worse outcomes both in terms of RFS and OS for TNBC patients but not for non-TNBC patients. Further investigations are warranted to detect the underlying mechanisms.
    The International journal of biological markers 04/2015; 30(2). DOI:10.5301/jbm.5000143 · 1.36 Impact Factor
  • Feng Du · Peng Yuan · Jia-Yu Wang · Fei Ma · Ying Fan · Yang Luo · Bing-He Xu
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    ABSTRACT: Among human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive breast cancer, more than half are also hormone receptor (HR)-positive. Although HR is a predictive factor for the efficacy of hormone therapy, there are still some uncertainties in regard to the effects on patients with HR-positive and HER2-positive metastatic breast cancers due to the potential resistance to hormone therapy caused by co-expression of HR and HER2. There are no clinical trials directly comparing the efficacy of hormonal therapy with chemotherapy. To examine the real-world effect of hormone therapy on patients with HR-positive and HER2-positive metastatic breast cancers, a cross-sectional study of a representative sample of the Chinese population was conducted. The study included 113 patients who received first-line and second-line palliative treatment between 2005 and 2010 in the Cancer Institute and Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Science. The effect of hormone therapy on overall survival (OS) was studied. The patients who received hormone therapy (n=51) had better overall survival in contrast to those who received chemotherapy with anti-HER2 therapy (n=62) in first- or second-line treatment. The difference was of borderline statistical significance (51.8m vs 31.9m, p=0.065). In addition, the effect of hormone therapy did not differ significantly with other prognostic factors, including age (≤50 years or >50 years), disease free survival (≥2 years or < 2 years) and site of metastasis (visceral or bone/soft tissue). On multivariate analysis, administration of hormone therapy was associated with a trend toward a favorable prognosis (p=0.148, HR=0.693, 95%CI 0.422-1.139). Age more than 50 years was the sole independent harmful prognostic factor (p<0.001, HR=2.797, 95%CI 1.676-4.668). Our data suggest that hormonel therapy may improve outcomes of the patients with ER-positive and HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer.
    Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention: APJCP 03/2015; 16(3):903-7. DOI:10.7314/APJCP.2015.16.3.903 · 2.51 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Treatment for metastatic breast cancer (MBC) in patients who have relapsed from anthracycline and taxane is difficult. S-1, an oral 5-FU derivative, has demonstrated a potential antitumor effect in patients with MBC. Thus, we evaluated the efficacy and safety of S-1 as second-line chemotherapy MBC patients in a phase II trial. The study was conducted at seven centers in China and enrolled MBC patients who had previously relapsed from one chemotherapy regimen. The median progression-free survival (PFS) was the primary end point. The treatment schedule involved the administration of S-1 at a standard dose based on the body surface area (BSA) in 28-day cycles with consecutive administration followed by a 14-day rest, as follows: 40 mg twice daily if BSA < 1.25 m(2); 50 mg twice daily if 1.25 m(2) ≤ BSA ≥ 1.5 m(2); and 60 mg twice daily if BSA > 1.5 m(2). Thirty-three patients were included in the analysis. S-1 demonstrated moderate efficacy with a PFS of 3.3 months, a response rate of 33.3%, and a disease control rate of 72.7%. The treatment was well-tolerated with mild-to-moderate toxicity. Grade 3 adverse events (AEs) occurred in 4 patients (2 with hyperbilirubinemia, 1 with anorexia, and 1 with vomiting). Grade 4 AEs were not observed. S-1 demonstrated encouraging efficacy and safety in a prospective trial as second-line treatment in MBC patients. All AEs were manageable; however, bilirubin monitoring is recommended during treatment.
    International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine 01/2015; 8(2):3072-9. · 1.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The role of Body Mass Index (BMI) for Breast Cancer (BC) remains to be great interest for a long time. However, the precise effect of nonlinear dose-response for BMI and BC risk is still unclear. We conducted a dose-response meta-analysis to quantitatively assess the effect of BMI on BC risk. Twelve prospective studies with 4,699 cases identified among 426,199 participants and 25 studies of 22,809 cases identified among 1,155,110 participants in premenopausal and postmenopausal groups, respectively, were included in this meta-analysis. Significant non-linear dose-response (P < 0.001) association was identified between BMI and BC risk in postmenopausal women. Individuals with BMI of 25, 30, and 35 kg/m(2) yielded relative risks (RRs) of 1.02 [95% confidence interval (CI): 0.98-1.06], 1.12 (95% CI: 1.01-1.24), and 1.26 (95% CI: 1.07-1.50), respectively, when compared to the mean level of the normal BMI range. However, inverse result though not significant was observed in premenopausal women. In conclusion, the results of this meta-analysis highlighted that obesity contributed to increased BC risk in a nonlinear dose-response manner in postmenopausal women, and it is important to realize that body weight control may be a crucial process to reduce BC susceptibility.
    Scientific Reports 12/2014; 4:7480. DOI:10.1038/srep07480 · 5.58 Impact Factor
  • Feng Du · Peng Yuan · Wenjie Zhu · Jiayu Wang · Fei Ma · Ying Fan · Binghe Xu
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    ABSTRACT: Concurrent use of anthracyclines and trastuzumab used to be avoided in the treatment of HER2-positive breast cancer due to the high risk of cardiac toxicity. However, several newly published studies challenged this view and demonstrated that concomitant use of the two agents significantly improved the clinical outcome without causing additional cardiac toxicity. This meta-analysis summarized available data to investigate the safety and efficacy of concurrent use of anthracyclines and trastuzumab. Eligible studies were identified through several search strategies and assessed for quality. Data were extracted from studies in terms of baseline characteristics and key statistics, which were utilized to calculate pooled effect size. Eight studies were included in the meta-analysis to evaluate the cardiac safety of concurrent use of anthracyclines and trastuzumab. It is demonstrated that concomitant administration was moderately associated with increased risk of cardiac-related adverse events (RR = 1.97, 95 % CI 1.49-2.60, P < 0.001) by fixed effect model. In addition, subgroup analysis showed combined use of anthracyclines and trastuzumab significantly increased the likelihood of cardiac toxicity in neo-adjuvant setting (RR = 1.51, 95 % CI 1.10-2.07, P = 0.01) as well as in palliative setting (RR = 3.92, 95 % CI 2.11-7.27, P < 0.001). Also, we found concurrent treatment as in neo-adjuvant treatment setting slightly increased pCR rate by randomized effect model with the pooled RR being 1.52 (95 % CI 1.05-2.20, P = 0.03). Concurrent use of anthracyclines and trastuzumab increased the risk of cardiac toxicity in both neo-adjuvant and metastatic settings, although moderately increased pCR rate as neo-adjuvant treatment.
    Medical Oncology 12/2014; 31(12):340. DOI:10.1007/s12032-014-0340-x · 2.06 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Genetic variants have been shown to affect length of survival in cancer patients. This study explored the association between lung cancer susceptibility loci tagged by single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) identified in the genome-wide association studies and length of survival in small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). Eighteen SNPs were genotyped among 874 SCLC patients and Cox proportional hazards regression was used to examine the effects of genotype on survival length under an additive model with age, sex, smoking status and clinical stage as covariates. We identified 3 loci, 20q13.2 (rs4809957G >A), 22q12.2 (rs36600C >T) and 5p15.33 (rs401681C >T), significantly associated with the survival time of SCLC patients. The adjusted hazard ratio (HR) for patients with the rs4809957 GA or AA genotype was 0.80 (95% CI, 0.66-0.96; P = 0.0187) and 0.73 (95% CI, 0.55-0.96; P = 0.0263) compared with the GG genotype. Using the dominant model, the adjusted HR for patients carrying at least one T allele at rs36600 or rs401681 was 0.78 (95% CI, 0.63-0.96; P = 0.0199) and 1.29 (95% CI, 1.08-1.55; P = 0.0047), respectively, compared with the CC genotype. Stratification analyses showed that the significant associations of these 3 loci were only seen in smokers and male patients. The rs4809957 SNP was only significantly associated with length of survival of patients with extensive-stage but not limited-stage tumor. These results suggest that some of the lung cancer susceptibility loci might also affect the prognosis of SCLC.
    PLoS ONE 11/2014; 9(11):e113574. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0113574 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Aims and background. Contralateral axillary lymph node metastasis (CAM) in breast cancer patients is uncommon and the source uncertain. Management is complicated when CAM occurs as the first event of relapse after treatment of the primary tumor, especially in the absence of metastatic disease elsewhere. Methods. We reviewed the records of all breast cancer patients treated during 1999-2012. All patients with pathologically confirmed metachronous CAM were included. The examined data were demographic characteristics, tumor features and management modalities. Data from an epidemiological report that described the pathological characteristics of breast cancer in China during 1999-2008 were employed to allow further comparison. Twenty-eight patients with CAM were included in the study; they comprised 0.81% of the total number of patients. The median patient age was 47 years (range, 27-60 years). Half of the initial breast cancers were located at inner and central sites. Initial cancers were generally locally advanced (stage III, 50%) and hormone receptor negative. Treatment modalities included axillary lymph node dissection (ALND), mastectomy, radiation, and chemotherapy (± targeted therapy). Results. After 29 months of follow-up, 25 patients had disease progression with a median progression-free survival of 10 months. Regional recurrence was most commonly seen at sites including bilateral breast, chest wall and superficial lymph nodes, accounting for 44% (n = 11) of patients who progressed. Median progression-free survival was prolonged in patients treated with radiotherapy (10 months vs 22 months). During the observation period, 13 patients died of disease progression. We found that CAM was associated with tumors with aggressive pathological features and had a poor prognosis. Conclusion. CAM is most likely to be distant metastasis from the initial breast cancer through lymphatic drainage rather than regional metastasis from a new occult breast cancer. Comprehensive treatment including chemotherapy and radiotherapy can provide better control; however, ANLD alone is insufficient treatment and mastectomy is not recommended.
    Tumori 11/2014; 100(6):600-4. DOI:10.1700/1778.19258 · 1.09 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The role of platinum-based chemotherapy (PBCT) in the treatment of triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is still undetermined. The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of PBCT versus non-PBCT in patients with lung metastasis from TNBC. Clinical data on patients diagnosed and treated for lung metastasis from TNBC between 2004 and 2012 at the Cancer Institute and Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, were retrospectively analyzed. Of the 79 patients identified, 34 received PBCT and 45 received non-PBCT. The median progression-free survival was 10 months [95% confidence interval (CI) 6.6-13.4 months] in the platinum-based group and 5 months (95% CI 3.7-6.3 months) in the nonplatinum group (P=0.002); overall survival was also significantly improved (32 vs. 21 months, P=0.002). In the multivariate analysis for the entire cohort, first-line PBCT (hazard ratio 0.425; 95% CI 0.251-0.720; P=0.001) and presentation of symptoms related to lung metastasis (hazard ratio 2.237; 95% CI 1.180-4.240; P=0.014) were associated independently with survival. Our results support the use of PBCT in the first-line treatment of lung metastasis from TNBC.
    Anti-Cancer Drugs 10/2014; 25(9):1089-1094. DOI:10.1097/CAD.0000000000000138 · 1.89 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To compare the effect of first-line treatment with platinum-based chemotherapy and non-platinum-based chemotherapy in patients with lung metastases from triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). Sixty-five eligible patients were divided into platinum-treated group and non-platinum-treated group according to the first-line therapy. Factors predicting the chemotherapeutic efficacy included overall survival (OS), progression-free survival (PFS) and objective response (OR). In the platinum-treated group of 32 patients, 2 cases (6.3%) achieved CR, 16 cases (50.0%) achieved PR, 11 (34.4%) cases achieved SD, and 3 patients (9.4%) achieved PD. In the non-platinum-treated group of 33 patients, 2 cases (6.1%) achieved CR, 6 cases (18.2%) achieved PR, 16 cases (48.5%) achieved SD, and 9 cases (27.3%) achieved PD. Median PFS was significantly longer in the platinum-treated group than in the non-platinum-treated group (10 months vs. 6.0 months, P = 0.012), and OS was also improved (32 months vs. 22 months, P = 0.006). Multivariate analysis of several factors including local-regional lymph node involvement, lung metastasis-related symptoms, first-line platinum-based chemotherapy, disease-free interval, size and number of lung lesions, showed that first-line platinum-based chemotherapy was an independent prognostic factor for TNBC patients with lung metastases. Compared with non-platinum-based chemotherapy, the first-line platinum-based chemotherapy can improve PFS and OS in TNBC patients with metastases confined to the lungs.
    Zhonghua zhong liu za zhi [Chinese journal of oncology] 10/2014; 36(10):788-92.
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    ABSTRACT: To analyze the clinical characteristics and survival depending on biological subtypes in breast cancer patients with brain metastases (BM). A retrospective analysis was performed on 152 breast cancer patients with BM admitted to the Cancer Institute & Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences from January 2003 to December 2012. Depending on the biological characteristics, these patients were divided into three subtypes: Luminal, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER-2)-overexpressing, and triple-negative subtypes. The clinicopathological characteristics, recurrence status, and prognostic factors were analyzed at the initial diagnosis. The systemic therapy after BM was further studied. Among the 152 patients, the number of Luminal, HER-2-overexpressing, and triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) subtypes were 60, 53, and 39 cases, respectively. The median time from first recurrence to BM of all patients was 7.3 months, the median time of Luminal, HER-2-overexpressing, and TNBC subtypes was 11.0 months, 9.6 months, and 5.5 months, respectively (P < 0.001). Compared with the TNBC subtype, BM occurred later in the HER-2-overexpressing subtype (P < 0.001). In the HER-2-overexpressing subtype, trastuzumab could delay the occurrence of BM in advanced breast cancer patients (17.1 vs. 1.7 months, P < 0.001, 95%CI 5.21-13.98). The median time of overall survival (OS) in the whole group was 56.5 months (7.5-240.2 months, 95%CI 52.6-60.4). The median survival time of Luminal, HER-2-overexpressing and TNBC subtypes was 70.9 months, 53.9 months, and 40.9 months, respectively (P = 0.013). The median survival time of after BM was 11.5 months in the whole group, and the median survival time of Luminal, HER-2-overexpressing and TNBC subtypes was 11.2 months, 12.7 months, and 11.6 months, respectively, with a difference of no statistical significance. Compared with non-BM as the first site, the patients with BM as the first site had a longer survival (14.8 months vs. 8.0 months, P = 0.001). Systemic therapy could prolong the survival after BM. The median survival of chemotherapy, chemotherapy in combination with trastuzumab, and without systemic therapy was 13.6 months, 19.0 months, and 6.5 months, respectively (P = 0.043). The survival after BM is influenced by biological subtypes. Compared with the Luminal subtype, brain meatastases occurr earlier in HER-2-overexpressing and TNBC subtypes. Trastuzumab can delay the occurrence of BM from advanced breast cancer, and systemic therapy can improve the survival of patients after brain metastasis.
    Zhonghua zhong liu za zhi [Chinese journal of oncology] 09/2014; 36(9):697-702.
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: The aim of this study was to look for predictive and prognostic factors in anthracycline-based neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Methods: Three hundred and nine patients with early-stage or locally advanced breast cancer were enrolled in this study and preoperatively treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapies in intense dose-dense (cyclophosphamide + epirubicin) or conventional (paclitaxel + epirubicin) regimens. Outcome parameters included overall objective response rate, as well as factors for determining pathological features influencing the efficacy of chemotherapy, such as estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, and HER2 status, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) score, tumor size, tumor inflammation, and lymph node metastasis. Results: The overall pathological complete response (pCR) rate was 14.3%, and the main factor affecting the efficacy of chemotherapy was HER2 expression. The pCR rate was significantly higher for patients with HER2 overexpression, compared with patients with low HER2 expression (27.5% vs. 9.6%, p<0.001). The recurrence risk for patients with pCR decreased 1.12-fold compared with patients without pCR (5-year disease-free survival [DFS]: 81.8% vs. 65.7%, p=0.038). Patients in the HER2 overexpression subgroup benefited more from pCR than those in the HER2 low expression group (5-year DFS: 86.4% vs. 62.1%, p=0.049). Conclusion: HER2 overexpression in primary tumors might be a predictive marker for good efficacy of anthracycline-based neoadjuvant chemotherapy. The pCR is a suitable prognostic factor, even for patients with HER2 overexpression.
    The International journal of biological markers 07/2014; 29(3). DOI:10.5301/jbm.5000094 · 1.36 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To discuss the clinicopathological features and prognosis of metastases to the breast from extramammary solid tumors.
    Zhonghua zhong liu za zhi [Chinese journal of oncology] 06/2014; 36(6):453-6.
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of trastuzumab plus different chemotherapy regimens in treatment of patients with HER-2-positive advanced breast cancer.
    Zhonghua zhong liu za zhi [Chinese journal of oncology] 05/2014; 36(5):372-6.
  • Y. Fan · XY Ding · BH Xu · JY Wang · F. Ma · P. Yuan · Q. Li · P. Zhang · Y. Luo
    Cancer Research 03/2014; 73(24 Supplement):P6-06-29-P6-06-29. DOI:10.1158/0008-5472.SABCS13-P6-06-29 · 9.28 Impact Factor
  • P. Zhang · Y. Yin · B. Xu · X. Wang · B. Zhang · Q. Li · P. Yuan · J. Wang · R. Cai · F. Ma · Y. Fan · X. Xu
    Cancer Research 03/2014; 73(24 Supplement):P3-14-07-P3-14-07. DOI:10.1158/0008-5472.SABCS13-P3-14-07 · 9.28 Impact Factor

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  • 2004–2015
    • Chongqing Cancer Hospital and Institute
      Ch’ung-ch’ing-shih, Chongqing Shi, China
  • 2003–2015
    • Peking Union Medical College Hospital
      Peping, Beijing, China
  • 2012–2014
    • Fuda Cancer Hospital
      Shengcheng, Guangdong, China
    • China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences
      • Department of Medical Oncology
      Peping, Beijing, China
  • 2008–2014
    • Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences
      Peping, Beijing, China