R Jakesz

Medical University of Vienna, Wien, Vienna, Austria

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    ABSTRACT: Introduction: Limited procedures at the T4 ganglion show low rates of compensatory sweating (CS). The aim of the study was to compare endoscopic sympathetic block (ESB) via clip application with endothoracic sympathicotomy (ETS) via diathermy with special regard on patients' quality of life (Qol). Patients and methods: Treatment success, side effects and patient satisfaction were evaluated in a prospectively gathered database of a tertiary-care referral hospital. Two disease-specific Qol questionnaires were used (Keller, Milanez de Campos). Results: 406 operations were performed in 205 patients (ESB4 N = 114, ETS4 N = 91) with a median follow-up of 12 months. Both procedures improved Qol significantly (P < 0.001) and the degree of improvement was equal in both groups. Palmar and axillary HH were ameliorated after both procedures (P < 0.001). Accordingly, plantar HH decreased after ESB4 (P = 0.002), while remaining unaltered after ETS4. Nineteen patients (9.3%) reported CS and 10 patients (4.9%) judged it as "disturbing". Nine of the latter belonged to the ETS4 group compared to one ESB patient (P = 0.015). Patients developed higher rates of plantar CS after ETS4 compared to ESB4 (P = 0.006). Five patients (2.4%) from both cohorts reported persistence of axillary HH. Recurrence of axillary symptoms was found in 5 ESB4 patients. Satisfaction rates did not differ significantly. Conclusion: Patients' Qol and satisfaction rates are similar in both treatment groups for upper limb HH. Outcome and recurrence rates speak in the favor of ETS4, severity of CS and potential reversibility argue for ESB4. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    International Journal of Surgery (London, England) 11/2014; 12(12):1478-1483. · 1.44 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Zoledronic acid (ZOL) plus adjuvant endocrine therapy significantly improved disease-free survival (DFS) at 48 and 62 months' follow-up in the ABCSG-12 trial. We present efficacy results of a final additional analysis after 94.4 months. Patients were premenopausal women who had undergone primary surgery for stage I/II estrogen-receptor-positive and/or progesterone-receptor-positive breast cancer with <10 positive lymph nodes, and were scheduled for standard goserelin therapy. All 1,803 patients received goserelin (3.6 mg every 28 days) and were randomized to tamoxifen (20 mg/d) or anastrozole (1 mg/d), both with or without ZOL (4 mg every 6 months) for 3 years. The primary endpoint was DFS; recurrence-free survival and overall survival (OS) were secondary endpoints. After 94.4 months' median follow-up (range, 0-114 months), relative risks of disease progression (hazard ratio [HR]=0.77; 95%CI, 0.60-0.99; P=.042) and of death (hazard ratio [HR]=0.66; 95%CI, 0.43-1.02; P=.064) are still reduced by ZOL although no longer significant at the pre-defined significance level. Overall, 251 DFS events and 86 deaths were reported. Absolute risk reductions with ZOL were 3.4% for DFS and 2.2% for OS. There was no DFS difference between tamoxifen alone versus anastrozole alone, but there was a pronounced higher risk of death for anastrozole-treated patients (HR=1.63; 95%CI, 1.05-1.45; P=.030). Treatments were generally well tolerated, with no reports of renal failure or osteonecrosis of the jaw. These final results from ABCSG 12 suggest that twice-yearly ZOL enhances the efficacy of adjuvant endocrine treatment, and this benefit is maintained long-term. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society for Medical Oncology. All rights reserved. For permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.
    Annals of Oncology 11/2014; · 6.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background:Validated multigene signatures (MGS) provide additional prognostic information when evaluating clinical features of ER(+), HER2(-) early breast cancer. We have studied the quantitative and qualitative impact of MGS on multidisciplinary team (MDT) recommendations.Methods:We prospectively recruited 75 ER(+), HER2(-) breast cancer patients. Inclusion was based on biopsy assessment of grade, hormone receptor status, HER2, clinical tumour and nodal status. A fresh tissue sample was sent for MammaPrint (MP), TargetPrint analysis at surgery. Clinical risk was decided by the MDT in the absence of MP results and repeated following the collection of MP results. Decision changes were recorded and a health technology assessment was undertaken to compare cost effectiveness.Results:The majority of patients were assigned low to intermediate clinical risk by the MDT. According to MP, 76% were low risk. A very high correlation between local IHC and the TargetPrint assessment was shown. In over a third of patients, discordance between clinical and molecular risk was observed. Decision changes were recorded in half of these cases (18.6%) and resulted in two out of three patients not requiring chemotherapy. The use of MP was also found to be more cost effective.Conclusions:The multigene signature MP revealed clinical and molecular risk discordance in a third of patients. The impact of this on MDT recommendations was most profound in cases where few clinical risk factors were observed and enabled some women to forgo chemotherapy. The use of MGS is unlikely to have an impact in either clinically low-risk women or in patients with more than one relative indication for chemotherapy.British Journal of Cancer advance online publication, 8 July 2014; doi:10.1038/bjc.2014.339 www.bjcancer.com.
    British Journal of Cancer 07/2014; · 4.82 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: PURPOSE: To assess the prognostic value of the PAM50 risk-of-recurrence (ROR) score on late distant recurrence (beyond 5 years after diagnosis and treatment) in a large cohort of postmenopausal, endocrine-responsive breast cancer patients.EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: The PAM50 assay was performed on formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded whole-tumor sections of patients who had been enrolled in the Austrian Breast and Colorectal Cancer Study Group Trial 8 (ABCSG-8). RNA expression levels of the PAM50 genes were determined centrally using the nCounter Dx Analysis System. Late distant recurrence-free survival (DRFS) was analyzed using Cox models adjusted for clinical and pathologic parameters.RESULTS: PAM50 analysis was successfully performed in 1,246 ABCSG-8 patients. PAM50 ROR score and ROR-based risk groups provided significant additional prognostic information with respect to late DRFS compared with a combined score of clinical factors alone (ROR score: ΔLRχ2 15.32, P < 0.001; ROR-based risk groups: ΔLRχ2 14.83, P < 0.001). Between years 5 and 15, we observed an absolute risk of distant recurrence of 2.4% in the low ROR-based risk group, as compared with 17.5% in the high ROR-based risk group. The DRFS differences according to the PAM50 ROR score were observed for both node-positive and node-negative disease.CONCLUSION: PAM50 ROR score and ROR-based risk groups can differentiate patients with breast cancer with respect to their risk for late distant recurrence beyond what can be achieved with established clinicopathologic risk factors.
    Clinical Cancer Research 02/2014; · 7.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: PAM50 is a 50-gene test that is designed to identify intrinsic breast cancer subtypes and generate a Risk of Recurrence (ROR) score. It has been developed to be carried out in qualified routine hospital pathology laboratories. One thousand four hundred seventy-eight postmenopausal women with estrogen receptor (ER)+ early breast cancer (EBC) treated with tamoxifen or tamoxifen followed by anastrozole from the prospective randomized ABCSG-8 trial were entered into this study. Patients did not receive adjuvant chemotherapy. RNA was extracted from paraffin blocks and analyzed using the PAM50 test. Both intrinsic subtype (luminal A/B, HER2-enriched, basal-like) and ROR score were calculated. The primary analysis was designed to test whether the continuous ROR score adds prognostic value in predicting distant recurrence (DR) over and above standard clinical variables. In all tested subgroups, ROR score significantly adds prognostic information to the clinical predictor (P < 0.0001). PAM50 assigns an intrinsic subtype to all cases, and the luminal A cohort had a significantly lower ROR at 10 years compared with Luminal B (P < 0.0001). Significant and clinically relevant discrimination between low- and high-risk groups occurred also within all tested subgroups. The results of the primary analysis, in combination with recently published results from the ATAC trial, constitute Level 1 evidence for clinical validity of the PAM50 test for predicting the risk of DR in postmenopausal women with ER+ EBC. A 10-year metastasis risk of <3.5% in the ROR low category makes it unlikely that additional chemotherapy would improve this outcome-this finding could help to avoid unwarranted overtreatment. ABCSG 8: NCT00291759.
    Annals of Oncology 02/2014; 25(2):339-45. · 6.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: There are no published data on standardized scoring systems for morbidity after breast cancer surgery. Aim of the study was to establish the Clavien Dindo Classification (CDC) as assessment tool and to identify risk factors for morbidity after breast surgery investigating new techniques including oncoplastic surgery and neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Between 2008 and 2010, data were retrospectively evaluated from 485 women with breast cancer who underwent surgery at a university hospital. The CDC was used to assess the severity of postoperative complications. Multivariable analyses were adjusted by body-mass index, smoking, diabetes mellitus and tumour size. Overall complications (CDC 1-4) were reported in 28.7%. Second surgery related to major complications (CDC 3-4) was mandatory in 4.7%. Axillary dissection was an independent predictor for CDC 1-4 in all patients (P = 0.008, OR of 1.81, 95%CI 1.17-2.82). We found no independent predictor for CDC 3-4. Oncoplastic surgery increased the rate of wound infections (P = 0.010, OR: 2.94, 95%CI 1.30-6.67) and necroses (P < 0.001, OR: 8.38, 95%CI 3.28-21.4). Axillary dissection elevated wound infection (P = 0.040, OR: 2.07, 95%CI 1.03-4.14) and seroma rates (P < 0.001, OR: 2.46, 95%CI 1.51-4.01). Neoadjuvant chemotherapy had no impact on morbidity. The CDC is a valid assessment tool for future clinical trials and may be useful for hospital quality control. While axillary dissection and oncoplastic surgery raised morbidity, no single factor predicted for morbidity related second surgery.
    International Journal of Surgery (London, England) 01/2014; · 1.44 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Introduction There are no published data on standardized scoring systems for morbidity after breast cancer surgery. Aim of the study was to establish the Clavien Dindo Classification (CDC) as assessment tool and to identify risk factors for morbidity after breast surgery investigating new techniques including oncoplastic surgery and neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Patients and methods Between 2008 and 2010, data were retrospectively evaluated from 485 women with breast cancer who underwent surgery at a university hospital. The CDC was used to assess the severity of postoperative complications. Multivariable analyses were adjusted by body-mass index, smoking, diabetes mellitus and tumour size. Results Overall complications (CDC 1–4) were reported in 28.7%. Second surgery related to major complications (CDC 3–4) was mandatory in 4.7%. Axillary dissection was an independent predictor for CDC 1–4 in all patients (P = 0.008, OR of 1.81, 95%CI 1.17–2.82). We found no independent predictor for CDC 3–4. Oncoplastic surgery increased the rate of wound infections (P = 0.010, OR: 2.94, 95%CI 1.30–6.67) and necroses (P < 0.001, OR: 8.38, 95%CI 3.28–21.4). Axillary dissection elevated wound infection (P = 0.040, OR: 2.07, 95%CI 1.03–4.14) and seroma rates (P < 0.001, OR: 2.46, 95%CI 1.51–4.01). Neoadjuvant chemotherapy had no impact on morbidity. Conclusion The CDC is a valid assessment tool for future clinical trials and may be useful for hospital quality control. While axillary dissection and oncoplastic surgery raised morbidity, no single factor predicted for morbidity related second surgery.
    International Journal of Surgery. 01/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Background: This randomized phase III trial compared pathologic complete response (pCR) rates of early breast cancer (EBC) following neoadjuvant epirubicin–docetaxel (ED) ± capecitabine (C), and evaluated the addition of trastuzumab in HER2-positive tumors. Patients and methods: Patients with invasive breast cancer (except T4d) were randomly assigned to receive six 3-weekly cycles of ED (both 75 mg/m2) ± C (1000 mg/m2, twice daily, days 1–14). Patients with HER2-positive disease were further randomized to receive trastuzumab (8 mg/kg, then 6 mg/kg every 3 weeks) or not. Primary end point: pCR rate at the time of surgery. Results: Five hundred thirty-six patients were randomized to ED (n = 266) or EDC (n = 270); 93 patients were further randomized to trastuzumab (n = 44) or not (n = 49). pCR rate was significantly increased with EDC (23.0% versus 15.4% ED, P = 0.027), and nonsignificantly further increased with trastuzumab (38.6% EDC versus 26.5% ED, P = 0.212). Rates of axillary node involvement at surgery and breast conservation were improved with EDC versus ED, but not significantly; the addition of trastuzumab had no further impact. Hormone receptor status, tumor size, grade, and C (all P ≤ 0.035) were independent prognostic factors for pCR. Trastuzumab added to ED ± C significantly increased the number of serious adverse events (35 versus 18; P = 0.020), mainly due to infusion-related reactions. Conclusion: These findings show that the integration of C into a neoadjuvant taxane-/anthracycline-based regimen is a feasible, safe, and effective treatment option, with incorporation of trastuzumab in HER2-positive disease. Clinical trial number: NCT00309556, www.clinicaltrials.gov. Key words: capecitabine, docetaxel, early breast cancer, epirubicin, neoadjuvant treatment
    Annals of Oncology 12/2013; · 6.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background:ER+/HER2- breast cancers have a proclivity for late recurrence. A personalised estimate of relapse risk after 5 years of endocrine treatment can improve patient selection for extended hormonal therapy.Methods:A total of 1702 postmenopausal ER+/HER2- breast cancer patients from two adjuvant phase III trials (ABCSG6, ABCSG8) treated with 5 years of endocrine therapy participated in this study. The multigene test EndoPredict (EP) and the EPclin score (which combines EP with tumour size and nodal status) were predefined in independent training cohorts. All patients were retrospectively assigned to risk categories based on gene expression and on clinical parameters. The primary end point was distant metastasis (DM). Kaplan-Meier method and Cox regression analysis were used in an early (0-5 years) and late time interval (>5 years post diagnosis).Results:EP is a significant, independent, prognostic parameter in the early and late time interval. The expression levels of proliferative and ER signalling genes contribute differentially to the underlying biology of early and late DM. The EPclin stratified 64% of patients at risk after 5 years into a low-risk subgroup with an absolute 1.8% of late DM at 10 years of follow-up.Conclusion:The EP test provides additional prognostic information for the identification of early and late DM beyond what can be achieved by combining the commonly used clinical parameters. The EPclin reliably identified a subgroup of patients who have an excellent long-term prognosis after 5 years of endocrine therapy. The side effects of extended therapy should be weighed against this projected outcome.British Journal of Cancer advance online publication, 24 October 2013; doi:10.1038/bjc.2013.671 www.bjcancer.com.
    British Journal of Cancer 10/2013; · 5.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to evaluate long-term results, quality of life, satisfaction and compensatory sweating after endothoracic sympathetic block at T4 (ESB4). Patients who underwent an ESB4 procedure for palmar or palmoaxillary hyperhidrosis between 2001 and 2008 were included in a prospective study at a university hospital. Questionnaires devised by Keller and Milanez de Campos were applied to evaluate disease-specific quality of life. A total of 189 patients underwent 374 ESB4 procedures. Of 174 evaluated patients, 54 (31·0 per cent) had palmar and 120 (69·0 per cent) had palmoaxillary hyperhidrosis. Median follow-up was 92 months. In both groups, treatment successfully reduced hyperhidrosis (P < 0·001) and quality of life increased significantly after ESB4 (P < 0·001), remaining stable after 5 years. Overall satisfaction rates decreased owing to the development of compensatory sweating and recurrence during follow-up. Compensatory sweating affected 41 patients (23·6 per cent), and was severe in 11 (6·7 per cent) of 163 patients at 5-year follow-up; eight of these 11 patients had been treated for palmoaxillary sweating. The severity of compensatory sweating did not deteriorate with time. The severe recurrence rate increased to 11·0 per cent during follow-up, and was twice as common in patients treated for palmoaxillary sweating as in those treated for palmar sweating (13·2 versus 6·1 per cent respectively). Nine reoperations (5·2 per cent) were performed for persistent sweating, recurrence or compensatory sweating. T4 endothoracic sympathetic clip application is safe and effective in patients with upper limb hyperhidrosis, with stable long-term improvements in quality of life.
    British Journal of Surgery 10/2013; 100(11):1471-7. · 4.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background:We investigated whether body mass index (BMI) can be used as a predictive parameter indicating patients who benefit from extended aromatase inhibitor (AI) treatment.Methods:The ABCSG-6a trial re-randomised event-free postmenopausal hormone receptor-positive patients from the ABCSG-6 trial to receive either 3 additional years of endocrine therapy using anastrozole vs nil. In this retrospective analysis, we investigated the prognostic and predictive impact of BMI on disease outcome and safety.Results:In all, 634 patients (177 normal weight, 307 overweight, and 150 obese) patients were included in this analysis. Normal weight patients with additional 3 years of anastrozole halved their risk of disease recurrence (disease-free survival (DFS) HR 0.48; P=0.02) and death (HR 0.45; P=0.06) and had only a fifth of the risk of distant metastases (HR 0.22; P=0.05) compared with normal weight patients without any further treatment. In contrast, overweight+obese patients derived no benefit from additional 3 years of anastrozole (DFS HR 0.93; P=0.68; distant recurrence-free survival HR 0.91; P=0.78; and OS HR 0.9; P=0.68). The possible predictive impact of BMI on extended endocrine treatment could be strengthened by a Cox regression interaction model between BMI and treatment (P=0.07).Conclusion:Body mass index may be used to predict outcome benefit of extended AI treatment in patients with receptor-positive breast cancer.British Journal of Cancer advance online publication, 18 July 2013; doi:10.1038/bjc.2013.367 www.bjcancer.com.
    British Journal of Cancer 07/2013; · 5.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background:There exists evidence that body mass index (BMI) impacts on the efficacy of aromatase inhibitors in patients with breast cancer. The relationship between BMI and the efficacy of tamoxifen is conflicting. We investigated the impact of BMI on the efficacy of single tamoxifen and tamoxifen plus an aromatase inhibitor in the well-defined prospective study population of the ABCSG-06 trial.Methods:ABCSG-06 investigated the efficacy of tamoxifen vs tamoxifen plus aminoglutethimide in postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer. Taking BMI at baseline, patients were classified as normal weight (BMI=18.5-24.9 kg m(-)(2)), overweight (BMI=25-29.9 kg m(-)(2)), and obese (30 kg m(-)(2)) according to WHO criteria.Results:Overweight+obese patients had an increased risk for distant recurrences (hazard ratio (HR): 1.51; Cox P=0·018) and a worse overall survival (OS; HR: 1·49; Cox P=0·052) compared with normal weight patients. Analysing patients treated with single tamoxifen only, no difference between overweight+obese patients and normal weight patients regarding distant recurrence-free survival (HR: 1.35; Cox P=0·24) and OS (HR: 0.99; Cox P=0·97) could be observed. In contrast, in the group of patients treated with the combination of tamoxifen plus aminoglutethimide, overweight+obese patients had an increased risk for distant recurrences (1.67; Cox P=0·03) and a worse OS (1.47; Cox P=0·11) compared with normal weight patients.Conclusion:BMI impacts on the efficacy of aromatase inhibitor-based treatment but not single tamoxifen.British Journal of Cancer advance online publication, 19 March 2013; doi:10.1038/bjc.2013.114 www.bjcancer.com.
    British Journal of Cancer 03/2013; · 5.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background In women with node-positive breast cancer, the Breast International Group (BIG) 02-98 tested the incorporation of docetaxel (Taxotere) into doxorubicin (Adriamycin)-based chemotherapy, and compared sequential and concurrent docetaxel. At 5 years, there was a trend for improved disease-free survival (DFS) with docetaxel. We present results at 8-year median follow-up and exploratory analyses within biologically defined subtypes.Methods Patients were randomly assigned to one of four treatments: (i) sequential control: doxorubicin (A) (75 mg/m(2)) × 4 →classical cyclophosphamide, methotrexate, 5-fluorouracil (CMF); (ii) concurrent control: doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide (AC)(60/600 mg/m(2)) × 4 →CMF; (iii) sequential docetaxel: A (75 mg/m(2)) × 3 → docetaxel (T) (100 mg/m(2)) × 3 → CMF and (iv) concurrent docetaxel: AT(50/75 mg/m(2)) × 4 →CMF. The primary comparison evaluated docetaxel efficacy regardless of the schedule. Exploratory analyses were undertaken within biologically defined subtypes.ResultsTwo thousand eight hundred and eighty-seven patients were enrolled. After 93.4 months of median follow-up, there were 916 DFS events. For the primary comparison, there was no significant improvement in DFS from docetaxel [hazard ratio (HR) = 0.91, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.80-1.05, P = 0.187]. In secondary comparisons, sequential docetaxel significantly improved DFS compared with sequential control (HR = 0.81, 95% CI = 0.67-0.99, P = 0.036), and significantly improved DFS (HR = 0.84, 95% CI = 0.72-0.99, P = 0.035) and overall survival (OS) (HR = 0.79, 95% CI = 0.65-0.98, P = 0.028) compared with concurrent doxorubicin-docetaxel. Luminal-A disease had the best prognosis. HRs favored addition of sequential docetaxel in all subtypes, except luminal-A; but this observation was not statistically supported because of limited numbers.Conclusion With further follow-up, the sequential docetaxel schedule resulted in significantly better OS than concurrent doxorubicin-docetaxel, and continued to show better DFS than sequential doxorubicin-based control.
    Annals of Oncology 01/2013; · 6.58 Impact Factor
  • Clinical Cancer Research 12/2012; · 8.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Controversy exists regarding CYP2D6 genotype and tamoxifen efficacy. Methods: A matched case-control study was conducted utilizing the Austrian Breast and Colorectal Cancer Study Group Trial 8 that randomized post-menopausal women with estrogen receptor positive breast cancer to tamoxifen for 5 years (Arm A) or tamoxifen for 2 years followed by anastrozole for 3 years (Arm B). Cases had disease recurrence, contralateral breast cancer, second non-breast cancer, or died. For each case, controls were identified from the same treatment arm of similar age, surgery/radiation, and TNM stage. Genotyping was performed for alleles associated with no (PM; *3, *4, *6); reduced (IM; *10, and *41); and extensive (EM: absence of these alleles) CYP2D6 metabolism. Findings: The common CYP2D6 *4 allele was in Hardy Weinberg Equilibrium. In Arm A during the first 5 years of therapy, women with 2 poor alleles (PM/PM: OR=2.45, 95% CI: 1.05-5.73, p=0.04) and women with one poor allele (PM/IM or PM/EM: OR=1.67, 95% CI: 0.95-2.93, p=0.07) had a higher likelihood of an event than women with two extensive alleles (EM/EM). In years 3-5 when patients remained on tamoxifen (Arm A) or switched to anastrozole (Arm B), PM/PM tended towards a higher likelihood of a disease event relative to EM/EM (OR= 2.40, 95% CI: 0.86-6.66, p=0.09) among women on Arm A but not among women on Arm B (OR= 0.28; 95% CI: 0.03-2.30). CONCLUSION: In ABCSG8, the negative effects of reduced CYP2D6 metabolism were observed only during the period of tamoxifen administration, and not after switching to anastrozole.
    Clinical Cancer Research 12/2012; · 8.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background In early estrogen receptor (ER)-positive/HER2-negative breast cancer, the decision to administer chemotherapy is largely based on prognostic criteria. The combined molecular/clinical EndoPredict test (EPclin) has been validated to accurately assess prognosis in this population. In this study, the clinical relevance of EPclin in relation to well-established clinical guidelines is assessed.Patients and methodsWe assigned risk groups to 1702 ER-positive/HER2-negative postmenopausal women from two large phase III trials treated only with endocrine therapy. Prognosis was assigned according to National Comprehensive Cancer Center Network-, German S3-, St Gallen guidelines and the EPclin. Prognostic groups were compared using the Kaplan-Meier survival analysis.ResultsAfter 10 years, absolute risk reductions (ARR) between the high- and low-risk groups ranged from 6.9% to 11.2% if assigned according to guidelines. It was at 18.7% for EPclin. EPclin reassigned 58%-61% of women classified as high-/intermediate-risk (according to clinical guidelines) to low risk. Women reclassified to low risk showed a 5% rate of distant metastasis at 10 years.Conclusion The EPclin score is able to predict favorable prognosis in a majority of patients that clinical guidelines would assign to intermediate or high risk. EPclin may reduce the indications for chemotherapy in ER-positive postmenopausal women with a limited number of clinical risk factors.
    Annals of Oncology 10/2012; · 6.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: PURPOSE: Squamous cell cancer (SCC) of the pharyngoesophageal junction area has a poor prognosis mainly due to late symptom manifestation and diagnosis. Treatment of choice is still pharyngolaryngoesophagectomy, substantially affecting quality of life. Limited surgical procedures have been adopted as well. The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate whether the extent of resection influences postoperative safety and mortality. METHODS: From 1984 to 2006, 66 patients were operated at a single tertiary referral center. Nineteen patients (28.8 %) had SCC of the hypopharynx and 47 patients (71.2 %) had SCC of the cervical and cervicothoracic esophagus. Thirty-five patients (53.0 %) underwent cervical esophageal resection (CE) and 31 underwent total esophagectomy (TE). In 39 patients (59.1 %), the larynx was preserved. Thirteen patients (19.7 %) underwent multimodal treatment. RESULTS: Overall postoperative morbidity was 69.7 % and reoperation rate reached 28.8 %. TE (P = 0.03) and larynx preservation (P = 0.02) were followed by a higher rate of non-lung infections compared with CE and pharyngolaryngectomy, respectively. Pulmonary complications have been observed more frequently after larynx preservation (P = 0.02). Hospital mortality was 9.1 %. Four patients died after TE (12.9 %) and two patients died after CE (5.7 %). In all of them, the larynx had been preserved (15.4 %). Overall, 53 patients (80.3 %) died until follow-up. One-year and 5-year survival in patients with the major tumor burden at the cervicothoracic site was 35.7 and 0 %. CONCLUSIONS: CE can be recommended as long as R0 resection is warranted. The advantage of larynx preservation is gained by higher morbidity and mortality rates and may not be recommended as standard procedure. Surgery may not be appropriate for advanced SCC in the cervicothoracic region.
    Langenbeck s Archives of Surgery 09/2012; · 1.89 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Our study aims to determine whether patients with lobular-type breast cancer have significantly improved rates of breast conservation (BCT) after neoadjuvant chemotherapy (nCT). Patients who received nCT and surgery within three prospective trials between 1995 and 2007 at the Medical University of Vienna were retrospectively analyzed. 325 patients had median follow-up of 53 months; 21% had lobular cancer, and 70% of these women were initially scheduled for mastectomy (MX). Twenty-one finally received BCT, yielding a MX-BCT turnover rate of 45%. Of patients primarily scheduled for BCT, 20% had to finally undergo MX in lobular cancer. The 256 patients with ductal-type breast cancer finally had a MX-BCT turnover rate of 52% (p = 0.561 versus lobular) and a BCT-MX turnover rate of 15% (p = 0.933 versus lobular). Secondary MX after initial BCT was necessary in 2% (ductal) and 10% (lobular, p = 0.110). There was no difference in local recurrence in lobular- as compared with ductal-type breast cancer patients after BCT (2.7% versus 10%, p = 0.135), nor was a difference seen in lobular breast cancer patients when comparing BCT with MX (2.7% versus 3.4%, p = 0.795). Tumor type was not an independent predictor for either BCT or local recurrence. We do not suggest excluding patients with lobular-type breast cancer who are primarily scheduled for MX from nCT, since BCT rates may still increase by 45% without influencing the oncologic outcome.
    Annals of Surgical Oncology 07/2012; 19(2):519-26. · 3.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) expression is a prognostic parameter in breast cancer and predicts response to endocrine therapy. One of the factors important for protein expression is amplification of its encoding gene ESR1. We have investigated the value of ESR1 amplification in predicting the long-term clinical outcome in tamoxifen-treated postmenopausal women with endocrine-responsive breast cancer. Methods: 394 patients who had been randomized into the tamoxifen-only arm of the prospectively designed endocrine ABCSG-06 trial and in whom FFPE tumor tissue was available were included in this analysis. Immunohistochemical ERα expression was evaluated both locally and centrally using the Allred score, while ESR1 gene amplification status was evaluated by FISH analysis using the ESR1/CEN6 ratio. Results: ESR1 copy number gains were detected in 187 of 394 (47%) tumor specimen and was associated with favorable clinical outcome. At a median follow-up of 10 years, women with intratumoral ESR1 copy number gains had a significantly longer distant recurrence-free survival (adjusted HR for relapse 0.48; 95% CI 0.28-0.83; p=0.009) and breast cancer-specific survival (adjusted HR for death 0.46; CI 0.46-0.71; p=0.006) when compared to women with normal ESR1 copy numbers. Immunohistochemical ERα protein expression, evaluated by Allred score, was significantly correlated with ESR1 copy number alterations (p<0.0001; Chi-Square test), but did itself not allow to discriminate between patients with poor and good prognosis. Conclusions: ESR1 amplification status is an independent and powerful predictor for long-term distant recurrence-free and breast cancer-specific survival in postmenopausal women with endocrine-responsive early-stage breast cancer who received 5 years of tamoxifen.
    2012 ASCO Annual Meeting; 06/2012
  • J. Zacherl, R. Jakesz
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    ABSTRACT: Das optimale Resektionsausmaß und diverse präoperative zytostatische und strahlentherapeutische Strategien bildeten auch beim Pankreas-, Rektum- und Mammacarcinom – diese Tumore werden in Teil 2 der Literaturübersicht thematisiert – die zentrale Fragestellung rezenter prospektiver, randomisierter Studien. Während beim Pankreaskarzinom bisher nach erweiterter Lymphadenektomie kein eindeutiger Überlebensvorteil festzustellen war, hat die totale mesorektale Exzision die Rektumchirurgie revolutioniert. Unter definierten Bedingungen hat sich die brusterhaltende Chirurgie beim Mammacarcinom als gleichwertig zur Mastektomie bestätigt. Ob die Sentinel-Lymphadenektomie vertretbar ist, kann noch nicht definitiv beurteilt werden. Nach neoadjuvanter Chemotherapie ist der Anteil brusterhaltender Operationen signifikant höher, das Überleben ist in bisher veröffentlichten Studien jedoch nicht signifikant verändert. Beim Rektumcarcinom kann die Lokalrezidivrate durch präoperative Radiatio signifikant gesenkt werden; es scheint, daß multimodale präoperative Therapieschemata die kurative Resektionsrate und Sphinktererhaltung beim lokal fortgeschrittenen Rektumcarcinom durch Tumorverkleinerung anzuheben imstande sind. Recent prospective randomised trials dealed with the optimal extent of surgical resection as well as with preoperative therapy modalities in pancreatic, rectal and breast cancer. In pancreatic cancer extended lymphadenectomy did not improve overall survival. Total mesorectal excision remarkably changed surgery for rectal cancer. Rate of local recurrence of rectal cancer could be significantly reduced by preoperative irradiation. In advanced rectal cancers curative resection and sphincter preservation seems possible due to multimodal preoperative therapy. It has been demonstrated that in appropriate cases breastpreserving resection is comparable to mastectomy with respect to overall survival. Up to now it is not quite clear if sentinel node sampling is equivalent to routine lymphadenectomy. Following neoadjuvant chemotherapy breastpreservation rate is significantly higher, but survival is not significantly increased.
    Der Chirurg 04/2012; 71(6):658-666. · 0.52 Impact Factor

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  • 1999–2014
    • Medical University of Vienna
      • • Comprehensive Cancer Center Vienna
      • • Institute for Social Medicine
      • • Klinisches Institut für Pathologie
      Wien, Vienna, Austria
  • 2012
    • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
      • Division of Surgery V
      Athens, Attiki, Greece
  • 1999–2011
    • Vienna General Hospital
      Wien, Vienna, Austria
  • 1986–2009
    • University of Vienna
      • • Department of Surgery
      • • Universitätsklinik für Innere Medizin I
      Wien, Vienna, Austria
    • National Cancer Institute (USA)
      Maryland, United States
  • 2008
    • Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg
      • Laboratory for Immunological and Molecular Cancer Research
      Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
    • Medizinische Universität Innsbruck
      • Department für Frauenheilkunde
      Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria
  • 2006
    • Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
      Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
  • 2003
    • Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
      Gratz, Styria, Austria