Research-Based PAM50 subtype predictor identifies higher responses and improved survival outcomes in HER2- Positive breast cancer in the NOAH Study

Aleix Prat, Giampaolo Bianchini, Marlene Thomas, Anton Belousov, Maggie C U Cheang, Astrid Koehler, Patricia Gómez, Vladimir Semiglazov, Wolfgang Eiermann, Sergei Tjulandin, Mikhail Byakhow, Begoña Bermejo, Milvia Zambetti, Federico Vazquez, Luca Gianni, José Baselga

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Purpose: We report a retrospective exploratory analysis of the association of the research-based prediction analysis of microarray 50 (PAM50) subtype predictor with pathologic complete response (pCR) and event-free survival (EFS) in women enrolled in the NeOAdjuvant Herceptin (NOAH) trial. Experimental Design: Gene expression profiling was performed using RNA from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded core biopsies from 114 pretreated patients with HER2-positive (HER2+ ) tumors randomized to receive neoadjuvant doxorubicin/paclitaxel (AT) followed by cyclophosphamide/methotrexate/ fluorouracil (CMF), or the same regimen in combination with trastuzumab for one year. A control cohort of 42 patients with HER2-negative tumors treated with AT-CMF was also included. The PAM50 subtypes, the PAM50 proliferation score, and the PAM50 risk of relapse score based on subtype (RORS) and subtype and proliferation (RORP) were evaluated. Results: HER2-enriched (HER2-E) tumors predominated within HER2 + disease, although all PAM50 intrinsic subtypes were identified across the three cohorts. The OR for achieving pCR with trastuzumabbased chemotherapy for HER2+/HER2-E and HER2 +/RORP-high were 5.117 (P = 0.009) and 8.469 (P = 0.025), respectively, compared with chemotherapy only. The pCR rates of HER2+ /HER2-E and HER2 + / RORP-high after trastuzumab-based chemotherapy were 52.9% and 75.0%, respectively. A statistically nonsignificant trend was observed for more pronounced survival benefit with trastuzumab in patients with HER2+ /HER2-E and HER2 + /RORP-high tumors compared with patients with HER2+ /non-HER2-E and HER2 + /non-RORP-high tumors, respectively.Conclusions: As determined by EFS and pCR, patients with HER2 + /HER2-E tumors, or HER2 + / RORP-high tumors, benefit substantially from trastuzumab-based chemotherapy. The clinical value of this genomic test within HER2 + disease warrants further investigation. Clin Cancer Res; 20(2); 511-21.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-521
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Cancer Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 15 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology


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