Eribulin in male patients with breast cancer: The first report of clinical outcomes

Francesco Giotta, Luigi Acito, Giampiero Candeloro, Pietro Del Medico, Gennaro Gadaleta-Caldarola, Guido Giordano, Rossana Gueli, Antonio Lugini, Valentina Magri, Marta Mandarà, Giovanna Masci, Salvatore Pisconti, Mirco Pistelli, Anna Rizzi, Nello Salesi, Alessio Schirone, Giovanni Scognamiglio, Maria Tedeschi, Patrizia Zucchinelli

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Background. Evidence on the management and treatment of male breast cancer is scant. We report the analysis of a multicenter Italian series of patients with male breast cancer treated with eribulin. To our knowledge, this is the first report on the use or eribulin in this setting. Patients and Methods. Patients were retrospectively identified in 19 reference centers. All patients received eribulin treatment, according to the standard practice of each center. Data on the identified patients were collected using a standardized form and were then centrally reviewed by two experienced oncologists. Results. A total of 23 patients (median age, 64 yearsrange, 42–80) were considered. The median age at the time of diagnosis of breast cancerwas 57 years (range, 42–74).HER2 status was negative in 14 patients (61%), and 2 patients (9%) had triple-negative disease. The most common metastatic sites were the lung (n 5 1461%) and bone (n 5 1356%). Eribulin was administered for a median of 6 cycles (range, 3–15). All patients reported at least stable diseasetwo complete responses (9%) were documented. Eribulin was well-tolerated, with only four patients (17%) reporting grade 3 adverse events and two (9%) with treatment interruptions because of toxicity. Eight subjects (35%) did not report any adverse event during treatment. For patients with a reported fatal event, the median overall survival from the diagnosis of metastatic disease was 65 months (range, 22–228). Conclusion. Although hampered by all the limitations of any retrospective case series, the results of the present study suggest, for the first time, the use of eribulin as therapy for male breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1298-1305
Number of pages8
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2016


  • Clinical practice
  • Eribulin
  • Male breast cancer
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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