Journal Article
. 2019 Jul; 14(7):e0218434.
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0218434.

Does chemotherapy improve survival in patients with nodal positive luminal A breast cancer? A retrospective Multicenter Study

Daniel Herr 1 Manfred Wischnewsky 2 Ralf Joukhadar 1 Olivia Chow 1 Wolfgang Janni 3 Elena Leinert 3 Visnja Fink 3 Tanja Stüber 1 Carolin Curtaz 1 Rolf Kreienberg 3 Maria Blettner 4 Daniel Wollschläger 4 Achim Wöckel 1 
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Background: In this study based on the BRENDA data, we investigated the impact of endocrine ± chemotherapy for luminal A, nodal positive breast cancer on recurrence free (RFS) and overall survival (OS). In addition, we analysed if tumor size of luminal A breast cancer influences survival in patients with the same number of positive lymph nodes.

Methods: In this retrospective multi-centre cohort study data of 1376 nodal-positive patients with primary diagnosis of luminal A breast cancer during 2001-2008 were analysed. The results were stratified by therapy and adjusted by age, tumor size and number of affected lymph nodes.

Results: In our study population, patients had a good to excellent prognosis (5-year RFS: 91% and tumorspecific 5-year OS 96.5%). There was no significant difference in RFS stratified by patients with only endocrine therapy and with endocrine plus chemo-therapy. Patients with 1-3 affected lymph nodes had no significant differences in OS treated only with endocrine therapy or with endocrine plus chemotherapy, independent of tumor size. Patients with large tumors and more than 3 affected lymph nodes had a significant worse survival as compared to the small tumors. However, despite the worse prognosis of those, adjuvant chemotherapy failed in order to improve RFS.

Conclusions: According to our data, nodal positive patients with luminal A breast cancer have, if any, a limited benefit of adjuvant chemotherapy. Tumor size and nodal status seem to be of prognostic value in terms of survival, however both tumor size as well as nodal status were not predictive for a benefit of adjuvant chemotherapy.

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