Edwin R. Fisher

Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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  • Bernard Fisher · Carol K Redmond · Edwin R Fisher ·

    Journal of Clinical Oncology 06/2008; 26(13):2068-71. DOI:10.1200/JCO.2007.14.1804 · 18.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Uncertainties continue to exist concerning the outcomes and management of small (T1a/b N0 M0) invasive breast cancers. A central pathology review was performed of 638 such lesions from National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) clinical trial B-21. Univariate analysis revealed a high risk for ipsilateral breast tumor recurrence with tumors exhibiting a ductal carcinoma in situ component or poor nuclear grade. The converse (protective effect) was found with tumors arising in radial scars, those of tubular histologic type, and those with moderate/marked tumor stroma. The correlations were generally similar for disease-free survival. However, only nuclear grade was found to be independently significant for both of these outcomes. Only lymphatic tumor extension was univariately and multivariately significant for overall survival. The long-term results of follow-up (median, 11.2 years) from the current trial continue to support the need for local breast irradiation and adjuvant therapy in the management of patients with these small cancers.
    Cancer 12/2007; 110(9):1929-36. DOI:10.1002/cncr.23011 · 4.89 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We sought to identify the risk of axillary node involvement in patients with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and to determine whether axillary node assessment is necessary in these patients. Sentinel node biopsy (SNB) is replacing standard axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) for surgical staging of invasive breast cancer. Its use in patients with DCIS versus local excision (LE), observation, and/or breast irradiation remains in question. We examined the records of 813 patients with localized DCIS and disease-negative margins after LE who were randomly assigned to no further therapy or to breast irradiation in National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) trial B-17 and 1799 patients randomized to receive placebo or tamoxifen after LE + radiotherapy in NSABP trial B-24. An ALND was performed in 253 patients in NSABP B-17 and in 162 in NSABP B-24. We found that in NSABP trial B-17, seven patients developed ipsilateral nodal recurrence (INR). Overall INR rate was 0.83/1000 patient-years. In NSABP B-24, overall INR rate was 0.36/1000 patient-years. INR can be considered a surrogate for axillary involvement at the time of DCIS diagnosis. INR in patients with DCIS treated conservatively is extremely rare. Our findings do not support the routine use of SNB in patients with conservatively treated, localized DCIS.
    Annals of Surgical Oncology 09/2007; 14(8):2202-8. DOI:10.1245/s10434-007-9353-4 · 3.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Central pathology review of ductal carcinoma in situ from 1,456 patients enrolled in National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) protocol B-24 was performed to determine predictors for ipsilateral breast tumor recurrences and contralateral breast cancers. Findings after a median follow-up time of 10.5 years revealed ductal comedo necrosis, micropapillary histologic tumor type, and multifocality to be independent high risk factors for ipsilateral breast tumor recurrence. Risk increased for slight comedo necrosis vs absent and for moderate to marked comedo necrosis vs slight. The presence of a micropapillary tumor type and gross tumor size (> or = 1.0 cm) were independently found as risk factors for contralateral breast cancers. Although 47% of ipsilateral and 66% of contralateral events were invasive carcinomas, overall mortality was only 2.3%, a conundrum possibly related to the small size of the latter. The similar predictive role of comedo necrosis in this study and that reported previously from NSABP B-17 (total of 2,079 patients) strongly supports its role as a simple high-risk predictor for ipsilateral breast tumor recurrences.
    American Journal of Clinical Pathology 07/2007; 128(1):86-91. DOI:10.1309/WH9LA543NR76Y29J · 2.51 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND The authors attempted to resolve the dilemma posed by the lack of unanimity concerning the optimal immunohistochemical (IHC) method for determining and scoring estrogen receptor (ER) and progesterone receptor (PR).METHODS Sections for IHC were prepared from paraffin embedded tumor samples from 402 patients with lymph node positive breast carcinoma who had biochemical receptor values (obtained with the dextran-coated charcoal [DCC] method) and who were enrolled in a prospective, randomized trial (National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project protocol B-09). IHC receptors were scored independently by two observers according to percent, intensity, and any-or-none algorithms. Results from these evaluations and from two computer-assisted evaluations, DCC, and common pathologic characteristics were analyzed for optimum splits for positive reactions in univariate and multivariate analyses using a tree-structured model. Concordance, sensitivity, and specificity were determined between the DCC method and all other methods.RESULTSInterobserver agreement and concordance between the DCC method and the other methods and among the methods were high. Univariate analyses revealed that a positive ER score obtained with all methods was related significantly to overall survival (OS) at 5 years and at 10 years. Results related to PR scores and disease-free survival and recurrence-free survival were less consistent. In multivariate analysis, it also was found that all methods for scoring ER predicted a better prognosis for OS in patients with an unfavorable lymph node status at 5 years and 10 years. Patients in a favorable lymph node status group were discriminated further by nuclear grade.CONCLUSIONS All IHC methods for scoring ER appeared valid as prognostic indicators of OS in patients with positive lymph nodes. The any-or-none IHC method, by virtue of its simplicity, represents an appropriate choice for practical use. Cancer 2005. © 2004 American Cancer Society.
    Cancer 01/2005; 103(1):164 - 173. DOI:10.1002/cncr.20761 · 4.89 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The likelihood of distant recurrence in patients with breast cancer who have no involved lymph nodes and estrogen-receptor-positive tumors is poorly defined by clinical and histopathological measures. We tested whether the results of a reverse-transcriptase-polymerase-chain-reaction (RT-PCR) assay of 21 prospectively selected genes in paraffin-embedded tumor tissue would correlate with the likelihood of distant recurrence in patients with node-negative, tamoxifen-treated breast cancer who were enrolled in the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project clinical trial B-14. The levels of expression of 16 cancer-related genes and 5 reference genes were used in a prospectively defined algorithm to calculate a recurrence score and to determine a risk group (low, intermediate, or high) for each patient. Adequate RT-PCR profiles were obtained in 668 of 675 tumor blocks. The proportions of patients categorized as having a low, intermediate, or high risk by the RT-PCR assay were 51, 22, and 27 percent, respectively. The Kaplan-Meier estimates of the rates of distant recurrence at 10 years in the low-risk, intermediate-risk, and high-risk groups were 6.8 percent (95 percent confidence interval, 4.0 to 9.6), 14.3 percent (95 percent confidence interval, 8.3 to 20.3), and 30.5 percent (95 percent confidence interval, 23.6 to 37.4). The rate in the low-risk group was significantly lower than that in the high-risk group (P<0.001). In a multivariate Cox model, the recurrence score provided significant predictive power that was independent of age and tumor size (P<0.001). The recurrence score was also predictive of overall survival (P<0.001) and could be used as a continuous function to predict distant recurrence in individual patients. The recurrence score has been validated as quantifying the likelihood of distant recurrence in tamoxifen-treated patients with node-negative, estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer.
    New England Journal of Medicine 12/2004; 351(27):2817-26. DOI:10.1056/NEJMoa041588 · 55.87 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Findings from the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project B-14 and B-20 trials showed that tamoxifen benefited women with oestrogen-receptor-positive tumours and negative axillary nodes, and that chemotherapy plus tamoxifen was more effective than tamoxifen alone. We present long-term findings from those trials and relate them to age, menopausal status, and tumour oestrogen-receptor concentrations. We also discuss the extent of progress made in the treatment of such patients. B-14 patients were randomly assigned to placebo (n=1453) or tamoxifen (n=1439); B-20 patients to tamoxifen (n=788) or cyclophosphamide, methotrexate, fluorouracil, and tamoxifen (CMFT, n=789). Primary endpoints were recurrence-free survival and overall survival estimated according to patients' age, menopausal status, and tumour oestrogen-receptor concentration. Smoothed recurrence rates were used to measure patterns of recurrence as a continuous function of age. Compared with placebo, tamoxifen benefited women in B-14 through 15 years, irrespective of age, menopausal status, or tumour oestrogen-receptor concentration (hazard ratio [HR] for recurrence-free survival 0.58, 95% CI 0.50-0.67, p<0.0001; HR for overall survival 0.80, 0.71-0.91, p=0.0008). In B-20, the benefit from CMFT over 12 years was greater than that from tamoxifen alone (HR for recurrence-free survival 0.52, 0.39-0.68, p<0.0001; HR for overall survival 0.78, 0.60-1.01, p=0.063). When CMFT was compared with placebo, there were reductions in treatment failure of about 65% in all age-groups. Much benefit has been achieved in treatment of women with oestrogen-receptor-positive tumours and negative nodes. When planning systemic therapy for such patients of all ages, it should be understood that some have tumours with variable concentrations of oestrogen-receptors, a surrogate for other biomarkers associated with tumour growth and response to treatment. Older women tend to have higher tumour oestrogen-receptor concentrations and are more likely to benefit from tamoxifen than from chemotherapy; in younger women, the converse is true. Consequently, the notion that use of tamoxifen or chemotherapy should be based only on age is too restrictive.
    The Lancet 09/2004; 364(9437):858-68. DOI:10.1016/S0140-6736(04)16981-X · 45.22 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The current report represents a 12-year clinicopathologic update of an earlier 5-year analysis of 180 patients with lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) who were treated with local excision and subsequent surveillance only. Nineteen pathologic characteristics of LCIS were assessed as potential predictors of invasive and noninvasive ipsilateral breast tumor recurrence (IBTR) and contralateral breast tumor recurrence (CBTR) as well as mortality. Overall, only 26 IBTRs (14.4%) and 14 CBTRs (7.8%) were observed. Nine IBTRs (5.0% of the total cohort) and 10 CBTRs (5.6% of the total cohort) were invasive carcinomas. Eight of 9 IBTRs (88.9%) and 6 of 8 invasive CBTRs (75%) that had histologic sections available for review were of the lobular invasive type. Ninety-six percent of all IBTRs and 100% of invasive IBTRs occurred within the same site as the index LCIS. The numbers of invasive IBTRs were comparable within and after 5 years (5 invasive IBTRs vs. 4 IBTRs). Recurrences of invasive CBTR occurred later than recurrences of invasive IBTR, with 70% of invasive CBTRs recognized after 5 years compared with 44% of invasive IBTRs. It was found that Grade 2-3 LCIS was significantly predictive for invasive IBTR when combined with the number of recurrences of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) alone or with LCIS. Only 2 patients in the cohort (1.1%) succumbed to breast carcinoma; 1 patient had a prior invasive IBTR, and the other patient had an invasive CBTR. The reasons for the lower frequency of invasive recurrences and the higher proportions of the lobular invasive phenotype than noted by others are discussed along with the impact of the findings on the nomenclature, precursor nature, and treatment of LCIS. LCIS is a more indolent form of in situ breast carcinoma than DCIS, with which it shares other features of its natural history, particularly very low mortality rates. There is no compelling reason to surgically treat LCIS other than conservatively. The values of other adjuvant modalities in the management of LCIS are discussed. The authors acknowledge that their findings are based on relatively few events and, even at 12 years, may be regarded as "preliminary". Nonetheless, their findings may reflect the true biologic nature of LCIS.
    Cancer 02/2004; 100(2):238-44. DOI:10.1002/cncr.11883 · 4.89 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Results of the few extant reports concerning the clinical significance of so-called "occult micrometastases" of lymph nodes of patients with Dukes A and B colorectal cancer have been variable. We examined the presumably negative nodes of a larger cohort of such patients who were enrolled in the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project clinical trials R-01 and C-01 for the influence of what we preferably designate as nodal mini micrometastases on parameters of survival. Mini micrometastases were detected by immunohistochemical staining of the original lymph node sections with anticytokeratin A1/A3 in a total of 241 Dukes A and B patients with rectal and 158 with colonic cancers. Their frequency, as well as that of nuclear and histologic grades, and an estimation of their relationship to relative risks were correlated with overall and recurrence-free survival by univariate and multivariate analyses. Nodal mini micrometastases were detected in 73 of 399 (18.3 percent) patients of this cohort. They failed to exhibit any significant relationship to overall or recurrence-free survival. No association between the assessments of tumor differentiation and mini micrometastases was found. Nuclear and histologic grades also failed to further discriminate overall or recurrence-free survival in patients with A or B stages of colonic or rectal cancers in this cohort. The immunohistochemical demonstration of nodal mini micrometastases failed to discriminate high- and low-risk groups of patients with colorectal cancer who were designated as being node-negative after routine pathologic examination.
    Diseases of the Colon & Rectum 09/2003; 46(8):1021-5; discussion 1025-6. DOI:10.1097/01.DCR.0000080144.15633.15 · 3.75 Impact Factor

  • The Breast 03/2003; 12. DOI:10.1016/S0960-9776(03)80024-3 · 2.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In 1976, we initiated a randomized trial to determine whether lumpectomy with or without radiation therapy was as effective as total mastectomy for the treatment of invasive breast cancer. A total of 1851 women for whom follow-up data were available and nodal status was known underwent randomly assigned treatment consisting of total mastectomy, lumpectomy alone, or lumpectomy and breast irradiation. Kaplan-Meier and cumulative-incidence estimates of the outcome were obtained. The cumulative incidence of recurrent tumor in the ipsilateral breast was 14.3 percent in the women who underwent lumpectomy and breast irradiation, as compared with 39.2 percent in the women who underwent lumpectomy without irradiation (P<0.001). No significant differences were observed among the three groups of women with respect to disease-free survival, distant-disease-free survival, or overall survival. The hazard ratio for death among the women who underwent lumpectomy alone, as compared with those who underwent total mastectomy, was 1.05 (95 percent confidence interval, 0.90 to 1.23; P=0.51). The hazard ratio for death among the women who underwent lumpectomy followed by breast irradiation, as compared with those who underwent total mastectomy, was 0.97 (95 percent confidence interval, 0.83 to 1.14; P=0.74). Among the lumpectomy-treated women whose surgical specimens had tumor-free margins, the hazard ratio for death among the women who underwent postoperative breast irradiation, as compared with those who did not, was 0.91 (95 percent confidence interval, 0.77 to 1.06; P=0.23). Radiation therapy was associated with a marginally significant decrease in deaths due to breast cancer. This decrease was partially offset by an increase in deaths from other causes. Lumpectomy followed by breast irradiation continues to be appropriate therapy for women with breast cancer, provided that the margins of resected specimens are free of tumor and an acceptable cosmetic result can be obtained.
    New England Journal of Medicine 10/2002; 347(16):1233-41. DOI:10.1056/NEJMoa022152 · 55.87 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This trial was prompted by uncertainty about the need for breast irradiation after lumpectomy in node-negative women with invasive breast cancers of </= 1 cm, by speculation that tamoxifen (TAM) might be as or more effective than radiation therapy (XRT) in reducing the rate of ipsilateral breast tumor recurrence (IBTR) in such women, and by the thesis that both modalities might be more effective than either alone. After lumpectomy, 1,009 women were randomly assigned to TAM (n = 336), XRT and placebo (n = 336), or XRT and TAM (n = 337). Rates of IBTR, distant recurrence, and contralateral breast cancer (CBC) were among the end points for analysis. Cumulative incidence of IBTR and of CBC was computed accounting for competing risks. Results with two-sided P values of.05 or less were statistically significant. XRT and placebo resulted in a 49% lower hazard rate of IBTR than did TAM alone; XRT and TAM resulted in a 63% lower rate than did XRT and placebo. When compared with TAM alone, XRT plus TAM resulted in an 81% reduction in hazard rate of IBTR. Cumulative incidence of IBTR through 8 years was 16.5% with TAM, 9.3% with XRT and placebo, and 2.8% with XRT and TAM. XRT reduced IBTR below the level achieved with TAM alone, regardless of estrogen receptor (ER) status. Distant treatment failures were infrequent and not significantly different among the groups (P =.28). When TAM-treated women were compared with those who received XRT and placebo, there was a significant reduction in CBC (hazard ratio, 0.45; 95% confidence interval, 0.21 to 0.95; P =.039). Survival in the three groups was 93%, 94%, and 93%, respectively (P =.93). In women with tumors </= 1 cm, IBTR occurs with enough frequency after lumpectomy to justify considering XRT, regardless of tumor ER status, and TAM plus XRT when tumors are ER positive.
    Journal of Clinical Oncology 10/2002; 20(20):4141-9. DOI:10.1200/JCO.2002.11.101 · 18.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In women with breast cancer, the role of radical mastectomy, as compared with less extensive surgery, has been a matter of debate. We report 25-year findings of a randomized trial initiated in 1971 to determine whether less extensive surgery with or without radiation therapy was as effective as the Halsted radical mastectomy. A total of 1079 women with clinically negative axillary nodes underwent radical mastectomy, total mastectomy without axillary dissection but with postoperative irradiation, or total mastectomy plus axillary dissection only if their nodes became positive. A total of 586 women with clinically positive axillary nodes either underwent radical mastectomy or underwent total mastectomy without axillary dissection but with postoperative irradiation. Kaplan-Meier and cumulative-incidence estimates of outcome were obtained. No significant differences were observed among the three groups of women with negative nodes or between the two groups of women with positive nodes with respect to disease-free survival, relapse-free survival, distant-disease-free survival, or overall survival. Among women with negative nodes, the hazard ratio for death among those who were treated with total mastectomy and radiation as compared with those who underwent radical mastectomy was 1.08 (95 percent confidence interval, 0.91 to 1.28; P=0.38), and the hazard ratio for death among those who had total mastectomy without radiation as compared with those who underwent radical mastectomy was 1.03 (95 percent confidence interval, 0.87 to 1.23; P=0.72). Among women with positive nodes, the hazard ratio for death among those who underwent total mastectomy and radiation as compared with those who underwent radical mastectomy was 1.06 (95 percent confidence interval, 0.89 to 1.27; P=0.49). The findings validate earlier results showing no advantage from radical mastectomy. Although differences of a few percentage points cannot be excluded, the findings fail to show a significant survival advantage from removing occult positive nodes at the time of initial surgery or from radiation therapy.
    New England Journal of Medicine 09/2002; 347(8):567-75. DOI:10.1056/NEJMoa020128 · 55.87 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Examination was performed on pathologic material from patients enrolled in the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast Project (NSABP) protocol B-18, in which the clinical effects of preoperative (preop) and postoperative (postop) doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide (AC) were compared. Of the total number of 1523 patients, 1234 patients (81%) were in the pathologically evaluable cohort. Six hundred twenty-six patients had been randomized prospectively to receive AC postop and 608 had been randomized to receive AC preop. Preentry diagnosis was made by fine-needle aspiration (FNA) and/or Tru-cut biopsy (TC). AC-induced and other pathologic changes were identified, and their relation to pathologic response and overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) was determined. Frequencies of the number of lymph node metastases, their size, stromal reaction, and extracapsular extension (ECE) were compared in the two treatment groups, as was their correlation with OS and DFS. Survival estimates were based on 9 years of follow-up. Approximately 13% of primary breast carcinoma cases exhibited both a clinical complete response (cCR) and a pathologic complete response (absence of invasive tumor [pCR]) to preop AC. An additional 7% of patients exhibited a pCR in the absence of a cCR. A pCR occurred in 38% of those patients determined to have achieved a cCR. Poor nuclear grade of the tumor cells in the pre-entry FNA and/or TC specimens significantly predicted a pCR. Patients with the latter exhibited a better OS and DFS compared with those with a pathologic partial response (presence of sparse invasive tumor [pPR]) or no pathologic response (pNR). Epithelial alterations considered to be induced in tumors by preop AC were comprised of types 1 and 2 giant cells with meganuclei, apocrine metaplasia, and cytoplasmic vacuolation. They had a high degree of specificity (range, 86-99%) but a low sensitivity (range, 7-38%). All were predictive of a pPR and were found to be related adversely to OS and DFS. A fibrous stromal reaction noted in tumors or their putative sites in the preop group was found to have only modest degrees of specificity (63%) and sensitivity (74%). Moderate/marked sclerosis of basement membranes of the ductal and ductular elements of the terminal ductolobular unit (TDLU) was significantly more frequent in nontumor-bearing areas of breasts from patients in the preop treatment group compared with those in the postop treatment group (67% vs. 48%; P < 0.0001). The degrees of change in the TDLU in patients in the postop treatment group were found to be unrelated to age. Lymphatic tumor extension in the primary tumor, as well as a positive lymph node status, were less frequent in the preop treatment group compared with the postop treatment group. The OS and DFS were nearly identical in both treatment groups, being 69% and 55% and 70% and 53% in the preop and postop treatment groups, respectively, at 9 years. A fibrous stromal response to lymph node metastases was found to be significant for DFS but not OS. ECE was similar in both groups (55% vs. 48%; P = 0.12). Only 1% of ECE was found to be related to axillary failure in both treatment arms combined. There was no significant difference with regard to the parameters of survival for patients in the postop treatment group whose lymph nodes contained micrometastases (< 2.0 mm) or mini micrometastases (< 1.0 mm) (the latter detected immunohistochemically with anticytokeratin), and a true-negative lymph node status (not immunohistochemically converted to positive). Conversely, there was no apparent difference with regard to OS in preop treated patients with lymph node micrometastases, mini micrometastases, and macrometastases (P = 0.19). Those with mini micrometastases had a significantly worse OS compared with those with a true-negative lymph node status (P = 0.0007). DFS remained worse for patients in that treatment group with micrometastases and mini micrometastases compared with those with negative lymph nodes, although it was better than that for patients with macrometastases (P = 0.02). Poor nuclear grade of tumor cells in the preentry FNA or TC specimens in the preop group was predictive of a pCR. AC-induced meganuclear giant cells and apocrine changes and nuclear and histologic grades of the primary tumors also were found to be prognostically significant in patients in the preop treatment group, and the latter two variables were found to be significant for those patients in the postop treatment group. No evidence was found to support the need for axillary lymph node radiation for ECE of lymph node metastases. Extended pathologic or immunohistochemical procedures also appear to be unnecessary for the detection of lymph node mini micrometastases, at least when traditional postop chemotherapy is used. The adverse relation between such small metastases and OS and DFS after preop AC appears to be related to the timing of the chemotherapy administration rather than any pathobiologic reasons.
    Cancer 09/2002; 95(4):681-95. DOI:10.1002/cncr.10741 · 4.89 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) conducted two sequential randomized clinical trials to aid in resolving uncertainty about the treatment of women with small, localized, mammographically detected ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). After removal of the tumor and normal breast tissue so that specimen margins were histologically tumor-free (lumpectomy), 818 patients in the B-17 trial were randomly assigned to receive either radiation therapy to the ipsilateral breast or no radiation therapy. B-24, the second study, which involved 1,804 women, tested the hypothesis that, in DCIS patients with or without positive tumor specimen margins, lumpectomy, radiation, and tamoxifen (TAM) would be more effective than lumpectomy, radiation, and placebo in preventing invasive and noninvasive ipsilateral breast tumor recurrences (IBTRs), contralateral breast tumors (CBTs), and tumors at metastatic sites. The findings in this report continue to demonstrate through 12 years of follow-up that radiation after lumpectomy reduces the incidence rate of all IBTRs by 58%. They also demonstrate that the administration of TAM after lumpectomy and radiation therapy results in a significant decrease in the rate of all breast cancer events, particularly in invasive cancer. The findings from the B-17 and B-24 studies are related to those from the NSABP prevention (P-1) trial, which demonstrated a 50% reduction in the risk of invasive cancer in women with a history of atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH) or lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) and a reduction in the incidence of both DCIS and LCIS in women without a history of those tumors. The B-17 findings demonstrated that patients treated with lumpectomy alone were at greater risk for invasive cancer than were women in P-1 who had a history of ADH or LCIS and who received no radiation therapy or TAM. Although women who received radiation benefited from that therapy, they remained at higher risk for invasive cancer than women in P-1 who had a history of LCIS and who received placebo or TAM. Thus, if it is accepted from the P-1 findings that women at increased risk for invasive cancer are candidates for an intervention such as TAM, then it would seem that women with a history of DCIS should also be considered for such therapy in addition to radiation therapy. That statement does not imply that, as a result of the findings presented here, all DCIS patients should receive radiation and TAM. It does suggest, however, that, in the treatment of DCIS, the appropriate use of current and better therapeutic agents that become available could diminish the significance of breast cancer as a public health problem.
    Seminars in Oncology 09/2001; 28(4):400-18. DOI:10.1053/sonc.2001.26151 · 3.90 Impact Factor
  • E R Fisher · S Anderson · E Tan-Chiu · B Fisher · L Eaton · N Wolmark ·
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    ABSTRACT: This report updated previous findings, at the 15-year mark, of the National Surgical Breast and Bowel Project (NSAPB) Protocol B-06 with respect to the treatment of invasive breast carcinoma and the effects of pathologic features and the effects of some clinical features on its natural history. Thirty-one pathologic and 6 clinical features that were observed in a pathologic subset of 1039 evaluable patients were assessed as to their value in predicting survival, in predicting ipsilateral breast tumor recurrence (IBTR), and in predicting the necessity for local breast irradiation after lumpectomy. The patients had been randomly assigned to treatment by lumpectomy without local irradiation or to treatment by lumpectomy with local irradiation of the breast. A traditional and another statistical method were used for this purpose. Multivariate analyses revealed that the presence of IBTR, race, histologic tumor type, nodal status, nuclear grade, and blood vessel invasion affected survival independently. Treatment, patient age, nuclear grade, presence of intraductal carcinoma, and a lymphocytic tumor infiltrate were features that predicted IBTR by multivariate analyses. Irradiation reduced IBTR from 36% to 12% in the analyzed cohort. A test of interaction failed to reveal any pathologic or clinical feature that might have allowed for the omission of local irradiation of the breast after lumpectomy. In addition to the influence of pathologic and clinical features on patient survival and IBTR, the site, histopathologic features, and time of occurrence of the latter allowed for insights into some important biologic considerations concerning invasive breast carcinoma.
    Cancer 05/2001; 91(8 Suppl):1679-87. DOI:10.1002/1097-0142(20010415)91:8+3.0.CO;2-8 · 4.89 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Uncertainty about the relative worth of doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide (AC) and cyclophosphamide/methotrexate/fluorouracil (CMF), as well as doubt about the propriety of giving tamoxifen (TAM) with chemotherapy to patients with estrogen receptor-negative tumors and negative axillary nodes, prompted the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project to initiate the B-23 study. Patients (n = 2,008) were randomly assigned to CMF plus placebo, CMF plus TAM, AC plus placebo, or AC plus TAM. Six cycles of CMF were given for 6 months; four cycles of AC were administered for 63 days. TAM was given daily for 5 years. Relapse-free survival (RFS), event-free survival (EFS), and survival (S) were determined by using life-table estimates. Tests for heterogeneity of outcome used log-rank statistics and Cox proportional hazards models to detect differences across all groups and according to chemotherapy and hormonal therapy status. No significant difference in RFS, EFS, or S was observed among the four groups through 5 years (P =.96,.8, and.8, respectively), for those aged < or = 49 years (P =.97,.5, and.9, respectively), or for those aged > or = 50 years (P =.7,.6, and.6, respectively). A comparison between all CMF- and all AC-treated patients demonstrated no significant differences in RFS (87% at 5 years in both groups, P =.9), EFS (83% and 82%, P =.6), or S (89% and 90%, P =.4). There were no significant differences in RFS, EFS, or S between CMF and AC in patients aged < or = 49 or > or = 50 years. No significant difference in any outcome was observed when chemotherapy-treated patients who received placebo were compared with those given TAM. RFS in both groups was 87% (P =.6), 87% in patients aged < or = 49 (P =.9), and 88% and 87%, respectively (P =.4), in those aged > or = 50 years. There was no significant difference in the outcome of patients who received AC or CMF. TAM with either regimen resulted in no significant advantage over that achieved from chemotherapy alone.
    Journal of Clinical Oncology 03/2001; 19(4):931-42. · 18.43 Impact Factor
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    B Fisher · J Dignam · E Tan-Chiu · S Anderson · E R Fisher · J L Wittliff · N Wolmark ·
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    ABSTRACT: Uncertainty about prognosis and treatment of axillary lymph node-negative patients with estrogen receptor (ER)-negative or ER-positive invasive breast tumors of 1 cm or less prompted the analysis of data from five National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project randomized clinical trials. Two hundred thirty-five patients with ER-negative tumors and 1024 patients with ER-positive tumors were identified in these trials. Patients with ER-negative tumors received surgery alone or surgery and chemotherapy. Patients with ER-positive tumors received surgery alone; surgery and tamoxifen; or surgery, tamoxifen, and chemotherapy. End points were relapse-free survival (RFS), event-free survival, and overall survival. A result was considered to be statistically significant with a P value of.05 or less; all statistical tests were two-sided. The 8-year RFS of women with ER-negative tumors who received surgery alone or with chemotherapy was 81% and 90%, respectively (P = .06). Survival was similar in both groups (93% and 91%; P = .65). The 8-year RFS of women with ER-positive tumors was 86% after surgery alone, 93% when tamoxifen was added (P = .01), and 95% after the addition of tamoxifen and chemotherapy (P = .07 compared with tamoxifen). Survival in the three groups was 90%, 92% (P = .41), and 97%, respectively. The difference between the latter two groups was significant (P = .01). Regardless of ER status or treatment, overall mortality was 8%; one half of the deaths were related to breast cancer. Several covariates affected the risk of recurrence in ER-negative and ER-positive patients. Risk was greater in women with tumors of 1 cm than in those with tumors of less than 1 cm, in women aged 49 years or younger than in those aged 50 years or older, and in women with infiltrating ductal or lobular carcinoma than in those with other histologic tumor types. Chemotherapy and/or tamoxifen should be considered for the treatment of women with ER-negative or ER-positive tumors of 1 cm or less and negative axillary lymph nodes.
    JNCI Journal of the National Cancer Institute 02/2001; 93(2):112-20. DOI:10.1093/jnci/93.2.112 · 12.58 Impact Factor

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    ABSTRACT: The conviction that postoperative radiotherapy and chemotherapy represent an acceptable standard of care for patients with Dukes' B (stage II) and Dukes' C (stage III) carcinoma of the rectum evolved in the absence of data from clinical trials designed to determine whether the addition of radiotherapy results in improved disease-free survival and overall survival. This study was carried out to address this issue. An additional aim was to determine whether leucovorin (LV)-modulated 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) is superior to the combination of 5-FU, semustine, and vincristine (MOF) in men. Eligible patients (n = 694) with Dukes' B or C carcinoma of the rectum were enrolled in National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) Protocol R-02 from September 1987 through December 1992 and were followed. They were randomly assigned to receive either postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy alone (n = 348) or chemotherapy with postoperative radiotherapy (n = 346). All female patients (n = 287) received 5-FU plus LV chemotherapy; male patients received either MOF (n = 207) or 5-FU plus LV (n = 200). Primary analyses were carried out by use of a stratified log-rank statistic; P values are two-sided. The average time on study for surviving patients is 93 months as of September 30, 1998. Postoperative radiotherapy resulted in no beneficial effect on disease-free survival (P =.90) or overall survival (P =.89), regardless of which chemotherapy was utilized, although it reduced the cumulative incidence of locoregional relapse from 13% to 8% at 5-year follow-up (P =.02). Male patients who received 5-FU plus LV demonstrated a statistically significant benefit in disease-free survival at 5 years compared with those who received MOF (55% versus 47%; P =.009) but not in 5-year overall survival (65% versus 62%; P =.17). The addition of postoperative radiation therapy to chemotherapy in Dukes' B and C rectal cancer did not alter the subsequent incidence of distant disease, although there was a reduction in locoregional relapse when compared with chemotherapy alone.
    JNCI Journal of the National Cancer Institute 04/2000; 92(5):388-96. DOI:10.1093/jnci/92.5.388 · 12.58 Impact Factor

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  • 2001-2008
    • Allegheny General Hospital
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
  • 1983-2007
    • National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
  • 1956-2004
    • University of Pittsburgh
      • • Department of Surgery
      • • Department of Medicine
      • • Department of Pathology
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
  • 1999
    • American University of Health Sciences
      United States
  • 1972-1999
    • Shadyside Hospital
      Shadyside, Ohio, United States
  • 1990
    • Georgetown University
      Washington, Washington, D.C., United States
  • 1987
    • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
      • Division of Hospital Medicine
      San Antonio, Texas, United States
  • 1981
    • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • 1950
    • Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States