Research Papers:

Prognostic and predictive value of Ki-67 in triple-negative breast cancer

Wei Wang, Jiayi Wu, Peifeng Zhang, Xiaochun Fei, Yu Zong, Xiaosong Chen, Ou Huang, Jian-Rong He, Weiguo Chen, Yafen Li, Kunwei Shen and Li Zhu _

PDF  |  HTML  |  How to cite

Oncotarget. 2016; 7:31079-31087. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.9075

Metrics: PDF 2341 views  |   HTML 3975 views  |   ?  


Wei Wang1,*, Jiayi Wu1,*, Peifeng Zhang2, Xiaochun Fei3, Yu Zong1, Xiaosong Chen1, Ou Huang1, Jian-Rong 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 Information Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, 200240, P.R. China

3Pathology Department, Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200025, P.R. China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Li Zhu, e-mail: [email protected]

Keywords: breast carcinoma, hormonal receptor negativity, human epithelial growth factor receptor 2 negativity, proliferation index, platinum

Received: January 09, 2016     Accepted: April 09, 2016     Published: April 28, 2016


This study was to investigate the prognostic role of Ki-67 in further classification of triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), and to test whether high expression level of Ki67 can predict benefit from carboplatin. From January 2004 to December 2012, 363 patients operated for TNBC were identified through the institutional clinical database. After a median follow-up time of 34 months (5.2–120.0 months), 62 patients (17.1%) had relapses and 33 patients (9.1%) died of breast cancer. In univariate analysis, high Ki-67 index as well as larger tumor size and lymph node involvement was associated with shorter disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS). In multivariate analysis, high Ki-67 is an independent risk factor for DFS (Risk Ratio, RR: 2.835, 95% confidence interval, 95% CI: 1.586–5.068, P < 0.001) and OS (RR: 3.180, 95% CI: 1.488–6.793, P = 0.003). When analyzing the 3-year DFS by Ki-67 distribution, Subpopulation Treatment Effect Pattern Plot analysis showed a beneficial effect of carboplatin in patients with high Ki-67 index. In conclusion, TNBC is probably a heterogeneous disease with different characteristics and prognosis, and may be further subdivided according to the Ki-67 expression levels. Patients in the high Ki- 67 group seem to benefit more from treatment with carboplatin, but this needs to be further verified.

Creative Commons License All site content, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
PII: 9075