New England Journal of Medicine publishes positive results from one of the largest-ever adjuvant breast cancer trials
TORONTO, Sept. 28, 2015 /CNW/ - Genomic Health today announced the presentation of the first results[i] from the Trial Assigning IndividuaLized Options for Treatment (Rx), or TAILORx, a large, multicentre, prospectively conducted trial, including Canadian patients, sponsored by the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI). The study demonstrated that a group of early-stage breast cancer patients with low Oncotype DX Recurrence Score results of 10 or less who received hormonal therapy alone without chemotherapy had less than a one percent chance of distant recurrence at five years.
Presented at the 2015 European Cancer Congress (ECC2015), results from a group of 1,626 patients with a Recurrence Score result between 0 and 10 demonstrated that 99.3 percent of node-negative, estrogen receptor-positive, HER2-negative patients who met accepted guidelines for recommending chemotherapy in addition to hormonal therapy had no distant recurrence at five years after treatment with hormonal therapy alone. Outcomes were excellent irrespective of patient age, tumour size, and tumour grade.
"TAILORx is a unique, large breast cancer trial that provides us with information no other trial to date has offered," said Kathleen Pritchard, MD, senior scientist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. "The results of this trial highlight the clinical utility of Oncotype DX and provide physicians and patients with greater confidence in using this test to make chemotherapy treatment decisions."
The trial enrolled 10,273 patients across 1,182 sites and major cancer centres in six countries, including Canada. TAILORx used the Oncotype DX test on every patient to quantify individual risk of recurrence in order to assign the appropriate treatment. This study is evaluating the effect of chemotherapy only for those with a mid-range Recurrence Score result, as previous Oncotype DX studies have already confirmed the benefit of adjuvant chemotherapy for those in the high Recurrence Score range and minimal, if any, benefit for those in the low Recurrence Score range. The data safety monitoring board of the trial, as mandated by the study protocol, will continue to monitor outcomes in patients with a Recurrence Score result of 11 to 25 randomized to chemo-endocrine therapy or endocrine therapy alone.
"To date, more than 170,000 breast cancer patients have changed their treatment decision based the Oncotype DX test. Many of these women who received high Oncotype DX scores were able to choose chemotherapy as a potentially life-saving treatment, while the majority were able to effectively pursue hormonal therapy alone and avoid the unnecessary side-effects of chemotherapy," said Steven Shak, M.D., chief scientific officer, Genomic Health. "The rigorous TAILORx trial led by ECOG-ACRIN provides level 1A evidence supporting Oncotype DX as the only multigene expression assay that can identify the tens of thousands of patients each year who can effectively forego chemotherapy."
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