In addition to predicting the benefit of adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with early breast cancer, the 70-gene MammaPrint also predicts who benefits from extended endocrine therapy, results from the IDEAL and NSABP-B42 trials showed.


Previously, the MINDACT study showed that the 70-gene MammaPrint test is able to predict the benefit of adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with early breast cancer.1,2 ER-positive patients with a MammaPrint low-risk score do not benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy and are thus preferably treated with an extended endocrine therapy. However, some low-risk patients may be more likely to derive benefits from extended endocrine therapy than others, depending on their risk of late recurrence. Therefore, genomic classifiers that predict the risks of late recurrence may assist with treatment decisions.

In the NSABP-B42 trial, which compared 5 years of adjuvant letrozole with 10 years of letrozole, only patients with a MammaPrint “low but not ultralow” score had a benefit of 10 years over 5 years of endocrine therapy.3 To confirm these findings, data from the IDEAL trial was analyzed. In this trial, no superiority of 5 over 2.5 years (after the first 5 years) of endocrine therapy was observed.4 Recently, a subgroup analysis was performed based on MammaPrint risk scores. Dr. Laura van ‘t Veer (UCLA, CA, USA) presented the results5 at the 2022 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

As expected, patients with a MammaPrint high-risk score did not benefit from extended endocrine therapy. However, in patients with a MammaPrint “low but not ultralow risk,” the recurrence-free survival, recurrence-free interval, and breast cancer-free interval were significantly improved with 5 years over 2.5 years of endocrine therapy (HRs, 0.32, 0.35, and 0.48, respectively). This resulted in an absolute benefit of approximately 10 months for each of these endpoints.

Based on these results, Dr. van ‘t Veer concluded that MammaPrint is predictive of extended endocrine therapy benefits. MammaPrint high-risk patients can avoid extended endocrine therapy overtreatment, while MammaPrint “low but not ultralow risk” patients significantly benefit from extended endocrine therapy.

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