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Researchers evaluated the clinical utility of genetic testing with MammaPrint 70-gene signature to determine how well this assay works in comparison with clinical assessment to determine the need for chemotherapy in women with breast cancer involving 0 to 3 lymph nodes. The phase 3 MINDACT findings, which included the survival outcomes of patients with an ultralow risk 70-gene signature, were presented during the 2021 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting.

“The 70-gene signature can identify patients with an ultralow risk of distant recurrence. These 1000 MINDACT patients had an excellent 8-year breast cancer–specific survival (BCSS) above 99%, regardless of clinical risk, and low rates of distant metastasis,” explained Josephine Lopes Cardozo, MD, of the Netherlands Cancer Institute.

The median follow-up for disease assessment was 8.7 years. Of the 6693 patients enrolled in the study ( Identifier: NCT00433589), 1000 patients (15%) were identified as having an ultralow risk using 70-gene signature profiling and 67% of these patients were older than age 50. A majority of the patients were estrogen receptor–positive (99%), lymph node–negative (80%), had grade 1 or 2 tumors (96%), and tumors below 2 cm in size (81%).

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Systemic therapy was administered in 83% of the study population; 69% of patients received endocrine therapy (ET), 14% received ET in combination with chemotherapy, and 16% did not receive adjuvant systemic therapy (AST). The trial’s primary endpoint was distant metastasis-free interval (DMFI).

At a median duration of 8 years, excellent DMFI and BCSS was observed in the low-risk and ultralow-risk group of patients. The 8-year DMFI for low-risk and ultralow-risk groups was 94.5% (95% CI, 93.6-95.3) and 97.0% (95% CI, 95.8-98.1), respectively. The 8-year DMFI in the ultralow-risk group who had not received AST was 97.8% (95% CI, 95.3-100). The 8-year DMFI in the ultralow-risk group who had received ET only was 97.4% (95% CI, 96.1-98.7). Based on the preliminary results after adjusting for tumor and treatment characteristics, DMFI for ultralow-risk vs low-risk groups had a hazard ratio (HR) 0.66 (95% CI, 0.46-0.95). The 8-year BCSS for genomic low-risk and ultralow-risk patients was 98.2% (95% CI, 97.7-98.7) and 99.6% (95% CI, 99.1-100), respectively.

“We can confirm that the 70-gene signature can identify patients with ultralow risk of distant recurrence and these patients could be candidates for further de-escalation of treatment, further reducing overtreatment and the risk of side effects,” concluded Dr Cordozo.

Disclosure: This research was supported by a grant from the EORTC Breast Group and the Netherlands Cancer Institute. Several study authors declared affiliations with biotech, pharmaceutical, and/or device companies. Please see the original reference for a full list of authors’ disclosures

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Cardozo JL, Drukker C, Schmidt M, et al. Outcome of patients with an ultralow risk 70-gene signature in the MINDACT trial. J Clin Oncol. 2021;39:(suppl 15; abstr 500). doi:10.1200/JCO.2021.39.15_suppl.500