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Gampenrieder, SP; Rinnerthaler, G; Tinchon, C; Petzer, A; Balic, M; Heibl, S; Schmitt, C; Zabernigg, AF; Egle, D; Sandholzer, M; Singer, CF; Roitner, F; Hager, C; Andel, J; Hubalek, M; Knauer, M; Greil, R.
Landscape of HER2-low metastatic breast cancer (MBC): results from the Austrian AGMT_MBC-Registry.
BREAST CANCER RES. 2021; 23(1): 112 Doi: 10.1186/s13058-021-01492-x [OPEN ACCESS]
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BACKGROUND: About 50% of all primary breast cancers show a low-level expression of HER2 (HER2-low), defined as immunohistochemically 1+ or 2+ and lack of HER2 gene amplification measured by in situ hybridization. This low HER2 expression is a promising new target for antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) currently under investigation. Until now, little is known about the frequency and the prognostic value of low HER2-expression in metastatic breast cancer (MBC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: The MBC-Registry of the Austrian Study Group of Medical Tumor Therapy (AGMT) is a multicenter nationwide ongoing registry for MBC patients in Austria. Unadjusted, univariate survival probabilities of progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were calculated by the Kaplan-Meier method and compared by the log-rank test. Multivariable adjusted hazard ratios were estimated by Cox regression models. In this analysis, only patients with known HER2 status and available survival data were included. RESULTS: As of 11/15/2020, 1,973 patients were included in the AGMT-MBC-Registry. Out of 1,729 evaluable patients, 351 (20.3%) were HER2-positive, 608 (35.2%) were HER2-low and 770 (44.5%) were completely HER2-negative (HER2-0). Low HER2-expression was markedly more frequent in the hormone-receptor(HR)+ subgroup compared to the triple-negative subgroup (40% vs. 23%). In multivariable analysis, low HER2 expression did not significantly influence OS neither in the HR+ (HR 0.89; 95% CI 0.74-1.05; P = 0.171) nor in the triple-negative subgroup (HR 0.92; 95% CI 0.68-1.25; P = 0.585), when compared to completely HER2-negative disease. Similar results were observed when HER2 IHC 2+ patients were compared to IHC 1+ or 0 patients. CONCLUSION: Low-HER2 expression did not have any impact on prognosis of metastatic breast cancer in this real-world population.

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