The following article features coverage from the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) 2017 meeting. Click here to read more of Cancer Therapy Advisor‘s conference coverage.

Administering adjuvant trastuzumab for 1 year yields superior survival outcomes to other treatment durations among patients with HER2-positive breast cancer, according to research being presented at the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.1

As the 1-year adjuvant trastuzumab duration was chosen arbitrarily, several non-inferiority studies compared shorter durations with 1-year therapy to identify the optimal regimen. The results of these studies were, however, inconsistent.

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For this meta-analysis, the authors pooled results from 3 of these studies, which involved 5114 patients with HER2-positive disease, to determine which adjuvant trastuzumab duration yielded the optimal overall survival (OS), disease-free survival (DFS), and rate of cardiac events.

Compared with shorter durations, 1-year adjuvant trastuzumab carried a hazard ratio (HR) for OS of .78 (P = .04) and an HR for DFS of .80 (P = .004). DFS was superior for the 1-year duration regardless of estrogen receptor–status (HR for positive, .82; HR for negative, .78) and nodal status (HR for positive, .76; HR for negative, .87).

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Patients who received adjuvant therapy for 1 year were, however, more than 2.5 times as likely to have cardiac events (odds ratio, 2.65; P < .001).

The authors concluded that “analyses of [randomized controlled trials] demonstrated a significant improvement in overall, and disease-free survivals with 1 year of adjuvant trastuzumab compared to shorter durations for adjuvant treatment of HER-2 positive breast cancer. One year of trastuzumab should remain as the standard of care.”

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  1. Niraula S, Gyawali B. Duration of adjuvant trastuzumab in HER-2 positive breast cancer: Pooled results of overall, and disease-free survivals from meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials. Poster presentation at: 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium; December 5-9, 2017; San Antonio, TX.