Importance: Pathologic complete response rate (pCR), the primary end point of the ACOSOG (American College of Surgeons Oncology Group) Z1041 (Alliance) trial, and disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) in women with operable HER2-positive breast cancer are similar between treatment regimens. Objective: To assess DFS and OS for patients treated with sequential vs concurrent anthracycline plus trastuzumab. Design, Setting, and Participants: Phase 3 randomized clinical trial conducted at 36 centers in the continental United States and Puerto Rico. Women 18 years or older with invasive operable HER2-positive breast cancer were enrolled from September 15, 2007, to December 15, 2011, and randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms. The analysis data set was locked on October 15, 2017, and analysis was completed on December 15, 2017. Interventions: Patients randomized to arm 1 received 500 mg/m 2 of fluorouracil, 75 mg/m 2 of epirubicin, and 500 mg/m 2 of cyclophosphamide (FEC) every 3 weeks for 12 weeks followed by the combination of 80 mg/m 2 of paclitaxel and 2 mg/kg (except initial dose of 4 mg/kg) of trastuzumab weekly for 12 weeks. Patients randomized to arm 2 received the same combination of paclitaxel with trastuzumab weekly for 12 weeks followed by FEC every 3 weeks with weekly trastuzumab for 12 weeks. Women with hormone receptor-positive disease received endocrine therapy, and radiotherapy was delivered at physician discretion. Main Outcomes and Measures: The primary outcomes were DFS and OS and pCR in the breast and nodes. Results: Two hundred eighty-two women with HER2-positive breast cancer were enrolled in the trial, and 2 withdrew consent before treatment. Among the remaining 280 women, the median age was 50 years (range, 28-76 years), 232 (82.9%) were white, 29 (10.3%) were black, 8 (2.9%) were Asian, 4 (1.4%) were American Indian or Alaskan Native, and 7 (2.5%) did not report race/ethnicity. There were 22 disease events in arm 1 and 27 in arm 2. Disease-free survival rates did not differ with respect to treatment arm (stratified log-rank P =.96; stratified hazard ratio [HR] [arm 2 to arm 1], 1.02; 95% CI, 0.56-1.83). Overall survival did not differ with respect to treatment arm (stratified log-rank P =.73; stratified HR [arm 2 to arm 1], 1.17; 95% CI, 0.48-2.88). Conclusions and Relevance: Across a median follow-up of 5.1 years (range, 26 days to 6.2 years), pCR, DFS, and OS did not differ with respect to sequential or concurrent administration of FEC with trastuzumab. Trial Registration: ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00513292.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research