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Title: Clinical investigation: Regional nodal failure patterns in breast cancer patients treated with mastectomy without radiotherapy

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to describe regional nodal failure patterns in patients who had undergone mastectomy with axillary dissection to define subgroups of patients who might benefit from supplemental regional nodal radiation to the axilla or supraclavicular fossa/axillary apex. Methods and Materials: The cohort consisted of 1031 patients treated with mastectomy (including a level I-II axillary dissection) and doxorubicin-based systemic therapy without radiation on five clinical trials at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Patient records, including pathology reports, were retrospectively reviewed. All regional recurrences (with or without distant metastasis) were recorded. Median follow-up was 116 months (range, 6-262 months). Results: Twenty-one patients recurred within the low-mid axilla (10-year actuarial rate 3%). Of these, 16 were isolated regional failures (no chest wall failure). The risk of failure in the low-mid axilla was not significantly higher for patients with increasing numbers of involved nodes, increasing percentage of involved nodes, larger nodal size or gross extranodal extension. Only 3 of 100 patients with <10 nodes examined recurred in the low-mid axilla. Seventy-seven patients had a recurrence in the supraclavicular fossa/axillary apex (10-year actuarial rate 8%). Forty-nine were isolated regional recurrences. Significant predictors of failures in this region included {>=}4 involved axillarymore » lymph nodes, >20% involved axillary nodes, and the presence of gross extranodal extension (10-year actuarial rates 15%, 14%, and 19%, respectively, p < 0.0005). The extent of axillary dissection and the size of the largest involved node were not predictive of failure within the supraclavicular fossa/axillary apex. Conclusions: These results suggest that failure in the level I-II axilla is an uncommon occurrence after modified radical mastectomy and chemotherapy. Therefore, supplemental radiotherapy to the dissected axilla is not warranted for most patients. However, patients with {>=}4 involved axillary lymph nodes, >20% involved axillary nodes, or gross extranodal extension are at increased risk of failure in the supraclavicular fossa/axillary apex and should receive radiation to undissected regions in addition to the chest wall.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [2];  [2];  [2];  [2];  [3];  [4];  [5];  [2]
  1. Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States). E-mail: estrom@mdanderson.org
  2. Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States)
  3. Department of Medical Oncology, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States)
  4. Department of Surgical Oncology, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States)
  5. Department of Pathology, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20788247
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics; Journal Volume: 63; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: DOI: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2005.05.044; PII: S0360-3016(05)00954-5; Copyright (c) 2005 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
62 RADIOLOGY AND NUCLEAR MEDICINE; CARCINOMAS; CHEMOTHERAPY; CHEST; CLINICAL TRIALS; DOXORUBICIN; FAILURES; HEALTH HAZARDS; LYMPH NODES; MAMMARY GLANDS; METASTASES; PATHOLOGY; PATIENTS; RADIOTHERAPY

Citation Formats

Strom, Eric A., Woodward, Wendy A., Katz, Angela, Buchholz, Thomas A., Perkins, George H., Jhingran, Anuja, Theriault, Richard, Singletary, Eva, Sahin, Aysegul, and McNeese, Marsha D.. Clinical investigation: Regional nodal failure patterns in breast cancer patients treated with mastectomy without radiotherapy. United States: N. p., 2005. Web. doi:10.1016/J.IJROBP.2005.0.
Strom, Eric A., Woodward, Wendy A., Katz, Angela, Buchholz, Thomas A., Perkins, George H., Jhingran, Anuja, Theriault, Richard, Singletary, Eva, Sahin, Aysegul, & McNeese, Marsha D.. Clinical investigation: Regional nodal failure patterns in breast cancer patients treated with mastectomy without radiotherapy. United States. doi:10.1016/J.IJROBP.2005.0.
Strom, Eric A., Woodward, Wendy A., Katz, Angela, Buchholz, Thomas A., Perkins, George H., Jhingran, Anuja, Theriault, Richard, Singletary, Eva, Sahin, Aysegul, and McNeese, Marsha D.. Thu . "Clinical investigation: Regional nodal failure patterns in breast cancer patients treated with mastectomy without radiotherapy". United States. doi:10.1016/J.IJROBP.2005.0.
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title = {Clinical investigation: Regional nodal failure patterns in breast cancer patients treated with mastectomy without radiotherapy},
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abstractNote = {Purpose: The purpose of this study was to describe regional nodal failure patterns in patients who had undergone mastectomy with axillary dissection to define subgroups of patients who might benefit from supplemental regional nodal radiation to the axilla or supraclavicular fossa/axillary apex. Methods and Materials: The cohort consisted of 1031 patients treated with mastectomy (including a level I-II axillary dissection) and doxorubicin-based systemic therapy without radiation on five clinical trials at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Patient records, including pathology reports, were retrospectively reviewed. All regional recurrences (with or without distant metastasis) were recorded. Median follow-up was 116 months (range, 6-262 months). Results: Twenty-one patients recurred within the low-mid axilla (10-year actuarial rate 3%). Of these, 16 were isolated regional failures (no chest wall failure). The risk of failure in the low-mid axilla was not significantly higher for patients with increasing numbers of involved nodes, increasing percentage of involved nodes, larger nodal size or gross extranodal extension. Only 3 of 100 patients with <10 nodes examined recurred in the low-mid axilla. Seventy-seven patients had a recurrence in the supraclavicular fossa/axillary apex (10-year actuarial rate 8%). Forty-nine were isolated regional recurrences. Significant predictors of failures in this region included {>=}4 involved axillary lymph nodes, >20% involved axillary nodes, and the presence of gross extranodal extension (10-year actuarial rates 15%, 14%, and 19%, respectively, p < 0.0005). The extent of axillary dissection and the size of the largest involved node were not predictive of failure within the supraclavicular fossa/axillary apex. Conclusions: These results suggest that failure in the level I-II axilla is an uncommon occurrence after modified radical mastectomy and chemotherapy. Therefore, supplemental radiotherapy to the dissected axilla is not warranted for most patients. However, patients with {>=}4 involved axillary lymph nodes, >20% involved axillary nodes, or gross extranodal extension are at increased risk of failure in the supraclavicular fossa/axillary apex and should receive radiation to undissected regions in addition to the chest wall.},
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  • Purpose: To examine the relationship between lymphovascular invasion (LVI) and regional nodal failure (RNF) in breast cancer patients with zero to three positive nodes treated with breast-conservation therapy (BCT). Methods and Materials: The records of 1,257 breast cancer patients with zero to three positive lymph nodes were reviewed. All patients were treated with BCT at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1980 to December 2003. Lymphovascular invasion was diagnosed by hematoxylin and eosin-stained sections and in some cases supported by immunohistochemical stains. Regional nodal failure was defined as recurrence in the ipsilateral supraclavicular, axillary, or internal mammary lymph nodes. Regional nodal failuremore » was diagnosed by clinical and/or radiologic examination. Results: The median follow-up was 8 years (range, 0.1-21 years). Lymphovascular invasion was present in 211 patients (17%). In univariate analysis, patients with LVI had a higher rate of RNF (3.32% vs. 1.15%; p = 0.02). In multivariate analysis, only tumor size, grade, and local failure were significant predictors of RNF (p = 0.049, 0.013, and 0.0001, respectively), whereas LVI did not show a significant relationship with RNF (hazard ratio = 2.07; 95% CI, 0.8-5.5; p = 0.143). The presence of LVI in the T2/3 population did not increase the risk of RNF over that for those with no LVI (p = 0.15). In addition, patients with Grade 3 tumors and positive LVI did not have a higher risk of RNF than those without LVI (p = 0.96). Conclusion: These results suggest that LVI can not be used as a sole indicator for regional nodal irradiation in breast cancer patients with zero to three positive lymph nodes treated with BCT.« less
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