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Leone J.P.,University of Iowa | Leone B.A.,Grupo Oncologico Cooperativo del Sur GOCS
Experimental Hematology and Oncology | Year: 2015

Breast cancer is a common cause of brain metastases, with metastases occurring in at least 10-16% of patients. Longer survival of patients with metastatic breast cancer and the use of better imaging techniques are associated with an increased incidence of brain metastases. Unfortunately, patients who develop brain metastases tend to have poor prognosis with short overall survival. In addition, brain metastases are a major cause of morbidity, associated with progressive neurologic deficits that result in a reduced quality of life. Tumor subtypes play a key role in prognosis and treatment selection. Current therapies include surgery, whole-brain radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, chemotherapy and targeted therapies. However, the timing and appropriate use of these therapies is controversial and careful patient selection by using available prognostic tools is extremely important. This review will focus on current treatment options, novel therapies, future approaches and ongoing clinical trials for patients with breast cancer brain metastases. © 2015 Leone and Leone.

Leone J.P.,University of Iowa | Zwenger A.O.,Grupo Oncologico Cooperativo del Sur GOCS | Zwenger A.O.,CONICET | Iturbe J.,Grupo Oncologico Cooperativo del Sur GOCS | And 4 more authors.
Breast Cancer Research and Treatment | Year: 2016

Prognostic factors in male breast cancer (MaBC) are controversial. The objective of this study was to analyze patient characteristics and prognostic factors in MaBC over the last decade. Using the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program, we extracted MaBC patients diagnosed between 2003 and 2012. Patient characteristics were compared between tumor grades. We conducted univariate and multivariate analyses to determine the effects of each prognostic variable on overall survival (OS). The study included 2992 patients. The majority had ductal (85 %), ER-positive (95.1 %), and PR-positive (86 %) breast cancer; however, only 12.4 % had grade I tumors. Stage I and II disease represented 73 % of cases. There was a significant association between grade III/IV tumors with ductal histology, ER and PR negativity, advanced stage, receipt of mastectomy and radiotherapy, and breast cancer death (all P < 0.05). ER-positive patients had better OS (hazard ratio 0.69, P = 0.03); however, after 7.5 years, OS rates by ER status were similar. In multivariate analysis, older age, grade III/IV tumors, stage IV disease, no surgery, no radiotherapy, ER-negative tumors, and unmarried patients had significantly shorter OS (all P < 0.05). Over the past decade, MaBC has been diagnosed most frequently with early stages of disease and high rates of ER positivity; however, grade I is uncommon. ER positivity is associated with better prognosis, mainly during the first 5 years after diagnosis. Age at diagnosis, tumor grade, stage, surgery, radiotherapy, ER, and marital status have clear impact on OS in MaBC. © 2016 Springer Science+Business Media New York

Iturbe J.,Grupo Oncologico Cooperativo del Sur GOCS | Zwenger A.,Grupo Oncologico Cooperativo del Sur GOCS | Leone J.P.,University of Miami | Verdera P.P.,Grupo Oncologico Cooperativo del Sur GOCS | And 5 more authors.
Breast Journal | Year: 2011

Most cases of breast cancer are diagnosed at early stage of disease; therefore, treatment is oriented to increase the disease-free interval (DFI) and overall survival (OS). The prognosis, in comparison with other malignancies, has improved in the last decades as a result of mammographic screening. The aim of the study was to report the incidence of local and distant recurrence, DFI and OS in patients (pts) with stage I and stage II breast cancer over a period of 26 years divided into three groups. From January 1978 to December 2004, 927 women with early breast cancer (EBC) were included, 350 were stage I and 577 Stage II (AJCC 2002). Patients were divided according to the year of diagnosis into three periods of 10 years: Group A (1978-1987) 135 pts, Group B (1988-1997) 412 pts, and Group C (1998-2004) 380 pts. DFI was analyzed from the date of initial diagnosis to the date of local or distant recurrence. OS was estimated from the date of initial diagnosis to the last follow-up or date of death. Median age was 51 years (28-92). Conservative surgery was performed in 69% of pts, adjuvant radiation therapy in 78%, adjuvant chemotherapy in 29%, and adjuvant hormone therapy in 18%. The median follow-up was 8.4 years (0.3-30). The mean tumor size in Group A was 2.7 cm, in Group B 2.2 cm, and in Group C 1.94 cm (p = 0.0001). The percentage of pts with stage I increased from 13% in Group A to 38% in Group B and to 47% in Group C (p = 0.0001). Local recurrence was documented in 5% of all pts, whereas 28% developed metastatic disease. The DFI and OS showed a statistically significant difference among the three groups (p = 0.005). DFI rate at 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 years was 71%, 67%, 65%, 65%, and 64%, respectively. OS at 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 years was 82%, 62%, 49%, 39%, and 28%, respectively. Factors that had an effect in OS demonstrated by the multivariate regression analysis were: Tumor size, ER status, and nodal involvement (p < 0.001). Clinical outcomes in EBC in our experience are similar to those reported in international literature. The DFI and OS showed a statistically significant difference among the three groups. This group of pts continues to have a good prognosis as shown by the OS rate at 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 years, although a high percentage of pts still to have recurrence and die from breast cancer after 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 years of follow-up. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Leone J.P.,University of Pittsburgh | Leone J.,Grupo Oncologico Cooperativo del Sur GOCS | Vallejo C.T.,Grupo Oncologico Cooperativo del Sur GOCS | Perez J.E.,Grupo Oncologico Cooperativo del Sur GOCS | And 10 more authors.
Breast Cancer Research and Treatment | Year: 2014

Neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) allows direct evaluation of the tumor's sensitivity to therapy, eradication of micrometastatic disease and the possibility of performing breast conserving surgery. The aim of this study was to describe long-term results of NAC in stage III breast cancer patients. We evaluated 126 patients that participated in a phase II randomized trial of neoadjuvant FAC compared with CMF. Chemotherapy was administered for three cycles prior to definitive surgery and radiotherapy, and then for six cycles as adjuvant. Median follow-up was 4.5 years (range 0.2-16.4). Objective response rate (OR) was similar in both groups (61 % for FAC, 66 % for CMF, P = NS). There were no differences in median disease free survival (DFS) or overall survival (OS) (5.1 vs 3.3 years and 6.7 vs 6.3 years for FAC and CMF, respectively). After 16 years of follow-up, 53 patients are still alive. Multivariate analysis showed that the number of pathologically involved lymph nodes (pLN) was the only factor associated with both, DFS and OS (P = 0.0003 and P = 0.0005, respectively). Both regimens were well tolerated, CMF had higher incidence of grade 3-4 leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, and stomatitis, whereas alopecia was more common in FAC. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to report long-term outcomes of FAC and CMF in the neoadjuvant setting. Within the sensitivity of our study, both regimens showed similar OR, long-term toxicity, DFS, and OS rate at 16 years. After 5 years, the hazard of death seems to decline. The prolonged follow-up of this study provides a unique opportunity to evaluate factors that predict long-term outcomes. After 16 years of follow-up, the number of pLN remains the most powerful predictor of survival. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Iturbe J.,Grupo Oncologico Cooperativo del Sur GOCS | Leone J.P.,University of Miami | Zwenger A.,Grupo Oncologico Cooperativo del Sur GOCS | Vallejo C.,Grupo Oncologico Cooperativo del Sur GOCS | Leone B.,Grupo Oncologico Cooperativo del Sur GOCS
Oncology Reviews | Year: 2011

Neoadjuvant therapy has four goals in breast cancer: decrease tumor volume to operate tumors that initially were inoperable, increase the number of conservative surgeries, evaluate the chemosensitivity in vivo and analyze the management of micrometastases. Neoadjuvant treatment provides a unique setting in which we can monitor clinical, pathological, proliferative and molecular responses. Combining different strategies such us surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and endocrine therapy has contributed substantially to the survival improvement in breast cancer. Thirdgeneration aromatase inhibitors have proven to be superior to tamoxifen in the adjuvant and, more recently, the neoadjuvant treatment of postmenopausal patients. The need to define how to select the patients that will benefit the most from these therapies, the optimal duration of treatment, the bestmethod to evaluate the treatment response, the identification of predictive factors for response, and the superiority of certain endocrine agents over others have been reviewed. We have carried out a critical analysis of the current literature on the utilization of endocrine therapy in the neoadjuvant setting for breast cancer. This review discusses the current evidence regarding primary endocrine therapy and the current opinions on length of treatment and measurement of response prior to surgery. © Springer-Verlag 2011.

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