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Vegran F.,Center Georges Francois Leclerc | Boidot R.,Center Georges Francois Leclerc | Bonnetain F.,Biostatistics and Epidemiological Unit | Cadouot M.,Center Georges Francois Leclerc | And 2 more authors.
Endocrine-Related Cancer | Year: 2011

Survivin, an anti-apoptotic protein, was described as strongly expressed in human cancers including breast cancer. However, little is known about the association between Survivin variants (Survivin-2B, Survivin-ΔEx3, Survivin-3B, and Survivin-2α) and the other apoptotic-related genes. In this study, we analyzed the apoptosis gene signature of Survivin and its variant expression in breast cancer. Human Apoptosis Gene Arrays were used to screen genes that could be associated with Survivin variants. Expression of the five transcripts was measured by RT-PCR in 135 breast carcinomas and Cox survival analysis was analyzed according to the patient outcome. Significant associations between Survivin transcripts and apoptotic genes were found. Interestingly, Survivin-3B variant showed major inverse correlations with pro-apoptotic genes. In addition, in vitro results indicated that overexpression of Survivin-3B strongly inhibits 5-fluorouracil/epirubicin/cyclophosphamide-induced apoptosis in breast tumor cell lines. In breast carcinomas, uni- and multivariate analysis showed patients with high level of Survivin-3B expression had a shorter overall (P=0.030 and P=0.042 respectively), and disease-free (P=0.024 and P=0.009) survival. Our data suggest that Survivin-3B contributes to cell survival through the anti-apoptotic pathway and that its expression level could be an important factor in determining therapeutic strategies for breast carcinoma. © 2011 Society for Endocrinology. Source


Truc G.,Center Georges Francois Leclerc | Bernier V.,Institute Of Cancerologie Of Lorraine | Mirjolet C.,Center Georges Francois Leclerc | Dalban C.,Biostatistics and Epidemiological Unit | And 6 more authors.
Cancer/Radiotherapie | Year: 2016

Purpose: To evaluate the maximum tolerated dose of simultaneous integrated-boost intensity-modulated radiotherapy (SIB-IMRT) associated with temozolomide in patients with glioblastoma. Patients and methods: Between November 2009 and January 2012, nine patients with malignant glioma were enrolled in this phase I clinical trial. Radiotherapy was delivered using fractions of 2.5 Gy on the planning target volume b and of 1.9 Gy on the planning target volume a. Volumes were defined as follow: gross tumour volume b: tumour taking up contrast on T1 weighted MRI images; clinical target volume b: gross tumour volume b + 0.5 cm (adapted to the anatomical structures) and lastly planning target volume b: clinical target volume b + 0.5 cm; gross tumour volume a: tumour (gross tumour volume b) + 2 cm and including oedema outlined on T2Flair MRI sequences; clinical target volume a gross tumour volume a + 0.5 cm (adapted to the anatomical structures); planning target volume a: clinical target volume a + 0.5 cm. Three patients were enrolled at each of the three levels of dose (70, 75 and 80 Gy prescribed on the planning target volume b and 56, 60 and 60.8 Gy on the planning target volume a). Radiotherapy was delivered with temozolomide according to the standard protocol. Dose-limiting toxicities were defined as any haematological toxicities at least grade 4 or as any radiotherapy-related non-haematological acute toxicities at least grade 3, according to the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events, version 3.0. Results: Until the last dose level of 80 Gy, no patient showed dose-limiting toxicity. Conclusions: SIB-IMRT, at least until a dose of 80 Gy in 32 daily fractions, associated with temozolomide is feasible and well tolerated. Objectif de l'étude: Patients et méthodes: Résultats: Conclusions: © 2016 Société française de radiothérapie oncologique (SFRO). Source


Ladoire S.,Center Georges Francois Leclerc | Ladoire S.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Ladoire S.,University of Burgundy | Dalban C.,Biostatistics and Epidemiological Unit | And 11 more authors.
European Journal of Cancer | Year: 2014

Background To examine the association between baseline body mass index (BMI), and disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) in a large French early-stage breast cancer population included in the UNICANCER Programme d'Action Concerté Sein-01 (PACS01) and PACS04 phase III randomised trials. Methods After a median follow-up of 5.9 years, this report analyses 4996 patients with node-positive breast cancer, and randomly assigned to adjuvant anthracycline-based chemotherapy combined or not with taxanes. Univariate analyses were used to study the effects of well known prognostic factors and BMI on DFS and OS. BMI was obtained at baseline, before chemotherapy initiation, and obesity was defined as a BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2. Cox proportional hazards regression models were secondly used to assess the influence of BMI after adjusting for other factors. Exhaustive analysis of the dose intensity delivered was also studied for comparison between obese and non-obese patients. Results Obese patients initially present with more advanced disease at diagnosis compared to non-obese patients. By univariate analysis, obesity was moderately associated with poorer DFS (hazard ratio (HR) = 1.18 [1.01-1.39] P = 0.04), but mostly with poorer OS (HR = 1.38 [1.13-1.69] P = 0.002). Delivered dose intensity of anthracyclines and taxanes was not significantly different between obese and non-obese patients. After adjustment for disease characteristics, BMI had no influence either on DFS or OS. Conclusion This report suggests that in a French population, obesity has no impact on breast cancer prognosis when modern adjuvant chemotherapy, at the appropriate dose intensity, is delivered. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source


Methy N.,University of Burgundy | Bedenne L.,University of Burgundy | Bonnetain F.,University of Burgundy | Bonnetain F.,Biostatistics and Epidemiological Unit
BMC Cancer | Year: 2010

Background: Overall survival (OS) is the gold standard for the demonstration of a clinical benefit in cancer trials. Replacement of OS by a surrogate endpoint allows to reduce trial duration. To date, few surrogate endpoints have been validated in digestive oncology. The aim of this study was to draw up an ordered list of potential surrogate endpoints for OS in digestive cancer trials, by way of a survey among clinicians and methodologists. Secondary objective was to obtain their opinion on surrogacy and quality of life (QoL).Methods: In 2007 and 2008, self administered sequential questionnaires were sent to a panel of French clinicians and methodologists involved in the conduct of cancer clinical trials. In the first questionnaire, panellists were asked to choose the most important characteristics defining a surrogate among six proposals, to give advantages and drawbacks of the surrogates, and to answer questions about their validation and use. Then they had to suggest potential surrogate endpoints for OS in each of the following tumour sites: oesophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, biliary tract, lymphoma, colon, rectum, and anus. They finally gave their opinion on QoL as surrogate endpoint. In the second questionnaire, they had to classify the previously proposed candidate surrogates from the most (position #1) to the least relevant in their opinion.Frequency at which the endpoints were chosen as first, second or third most relevant surrogates was calculated and served as final ranking.Results: Response rate was 30% (24/80) in the first round and 20% (16/80) in the second one. Participants highlighted key points concerning surrogacy. In particular, they reminded that a surrogate endpoint is expected to predict clinical benefit in a well-defined therapeutic situation. Half of them thought it was not relevant to study QoL as surrogate for OS.DFS, in the neoadjuvant settings or early stages, and PFS, in the non operable or metastatic settings, were ranked first, with a frequency of more than 69% in 20 out of 22 settings. PFS was proposed in association with QoL in metastatic primary liver and stomach cancers (both 81%). This composite endpoint was ranked second in metastatic oesophageal (69%), colorectal (56%) and anal (56%) cancers, whereas QoL alone was also suggested in most metastatic situations.Other endpoints frequently suggested were R0 resection in the neoadjuvant settings (oesophagus (69%), stomach (56%), pancreas (75%) and biliary tract (63%)) and response. An unexpected endpoint was metastatic PFS in non operable oesophageal (31%) and pancreatic (44%) cancers. Quality and results of surgical procedures like sphincter preservation were also cited as eligible surrogate endpoints in rectal (19%) and anal (50% in case of localized disease) cancers. Except for alpha-FP kinetic in hepatocellular carcinoma (13%) and CA19-9 decline (6%) in pancreas, few endpoints based on biological or tumour markers were proposed.Conclusion: The overall results should help prioritise the endpoints to be statistically evaluated as surrogate for OS, so that trialists and clinicians can rely on endpoints that ensure relevant clinical benefit to the patient. © 2010 Methy et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. Source


Ladoire S.,Center Georges Francois Leclerc | Ladoire S.,University of Burgundy | Mignot G.,University of Burgundy | Dalban C.,Biostatistics and Epidemiological Unit | And 18 more authors.
Annals of Oncology | Year: 2012

Background: Predictive markers of response to chemotherapy are lacking in breast cancer patients. Forkhead Box Protein 3 (FOXP3) is an anti-oncogene whose absence in cancer cells could confer resistance to DNA damaging agent. So we made the hypothesis that FOXP3 expression predicts the response to anthracyclines in breast cancer patients and that adjuvant chemotherapy adding taxanes to anthracyclines confers an overall survival (OS) benefit over anthracyclines alone, in patients with FOXP3-negative tumors. Patients and methods: Expression of FOXP3 in cancer cells was evaluated by immunohistochemistry in tumor samples from 1097 patients who participated in the PACS01 randomized trial that evaluated in adjuvant setting the adjunction of docetaxel (Taxotere) to anthracyclines in patients with localized breast cancer. Kaplan-Meier analysis and Cox regression model were used to assess OS according to the presence or absence of FOXP3 expression in tumor cells. Results: Four hundred and five tumors were found to express FOXP3 (37%). FOXP3 expression in breast cancer cells was associated with better OS (P = 0.003). Uni- and multivariate survival analyses according to treatment arm revealed that FOXP3 expression in breast cancer cells is independently associated with improved OS in patients treated with anthracycline-based adjuvant chemotherapy, but not in patients treated with sequential anthracycline-taxane. Moreover, in vitro experiments showed that FOXP3 induction in breast cancer cell lines using histone deacetylase inhibitor enhances anthracyclines efficacy. Conclusion: FOXP3 expression in tumor cells may be an accurate predictive biomarker of anthracycline efficacy in breast cancer. © The Author 2012. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society for Medical Oncology. All rights reserved. Source

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