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Biologic behavior and long-term outcomes of breast ductal carcinoma in situ with microinvasion

Yan Fang, Jiayi Wu, Wei Wang, Xiaochun Fei, Yu Zong, Xiaosong Chen, Ou Huang, Jianrong He, Weiguo Chen, Yafen Li, Kunwei Shen and Li Zhu _

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:64182-64190. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.11639

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Yan Fang1,*, Jiayi Wu1,*, Wei Wang1, Xiaochun Fei2, Yu Zong1, Xiaosong Chen1, Ou Huang1, Jianrong He1, Weiguo Chen1, Yafen Li1, Kunwei Shen1, Li Zhu1

1Comprehensive Breast Health Center, Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200025, P.R. China

2Department of Pathology, Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200025, P.R. China

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Li Zhu, email: [email protected]

Keywords: breast carcinoma, ductal carcinoma in situ, microinvasion, clinico-pathological feature, prognosis

Received: March 13, 2016     Accepted: August 13, 2016     Published: August 26, 2016


Background: Ductal carcinoma in situ with microinvasion (DCIS-Mi) generally has favorable prognosis, but the long-term outcomes of DCIS-Mi and the biologic evolution from ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), DCIS-Mi, to DCIS with T1a breast cancer (DCIS-T1a) has not been specified. The aim of our study was to explore the biological and prognostic features of DCIS-Mi, compared with pure DCIS and DCIS-T1a.

Results: After a median follow-up of 31 months, the 3-year estimated disease free survival(DFS) rate of DCIS-Mi patients was significantly lower than that of pure DCIS patients (89.5% vs 97.1%, P=0.009). Patients with DCIS-Mi or DCIS-T1a tumors had comparable 3-year estimated DFS rates (89.5% vs 94.3%, P=0.13). No significant difference in overall survival (OS) was found among different groups (99.6%, 100% and 99.1% for DCIS, DCIS-Mi and DCIS-T1a, P=0.797). In chemotherapy and trastuzumab-naive DCIS-Mi patients, human epidermal growth factor receptor2 (HER2) positivity (HR=21.8, 95%CI, 1.7-286.8, P=0.019) were independent predictor of worse DFS on multivariate analysis.

Methods: During September 2002 and December 2014, 602 breast cancer patients who underwent radical surgery were retrospectively reviewed. Three hundred and fifty-nine patients (59.6%) had pure DCIS, 84(14.0%) and 159(26.4%) were diagnosed as DCIS-Mi and DCIS-T1a. Clinico-pathological features were compared between different subgroups.

Conclusions: DCIS-Mi displayed a comparable survival to that of DCIS-T1a and a more aggressive biological nature than pure DCIS. Patients with HER2-positive DCIS-Mi had a worse survival and adjuvant chemotherapy plus target therapy needs to be further optimized in those patients.

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