Research Presentation Session: Breast
01:24Iva Biondić Špoljar, Michael H. Fuchsjäger .mp4
Author Block: G. C. Baxter, J. C. Carmona-Bozo, R. Manavaki, A. Colarieti, R. Woitek, R. Bedair, J. Abraham, M. J. Graves, F. Gilbert; Cambridge/UK
Purpose or Learning Objective: To explore the additional value of pharmacokinetic parameters from DCE-MRI at early time-points in predicting pathologic complete response (pCR) to neo-adjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) in breast cancer.
Methods or Background: Women >18 years receiving NACT prior to surgery for breast cancer underwent baseline and post cycle 1 DCE-MRI examinations at 3T. DCE-MRI series were analysed using the extended Tofts’ model to derive Ktrans, kep, ve and hotspot Ktrans (hs-Ktrans). pCR was defined as no residual invasive cancer in the breast at surgery but allowing for the presence of in situ carcinoma. The area under the curve (AUC) was calculated to evaluate the predictive performance of logistic regression models including standard prognostic factors (histology, grade, molecular subtype) with and without the addition of DCE-MRI parameters.
Results or Findings: Data from 82 patients (86 lesions) were analysed. The majority were invasive ductal carcinomas (ductal: 71/86, 83%; lobular: 3/86, 3%; other: 12/86, 14%), hormone receptor (HR)-positive (57/86, 66%), with 31% HER2-positive. All tumours were either grade 2 or 3. 27/86 (31%) lesions showed pCR. Across all cancers, adding baseline hs-Ktrans increased AUC from 0.77 to 0.80, while the inclusion of Ktrans after 1 treatment cycle yielded the highest increase in AUC (0.72 to 0.76). For the HR+ group, the largest increase in AUC was observed for baseline hs-Ktrans (0.80 to 0.85). The addition of baseline hs-Ktrans and post cycle-1 kep showed the best predictive performance in triple-negative cancers (hs-Ktrans: 0.76 vs 0.59; kep: 0.93 vs 0.70).
Conclusion: The addition of DCE-MRI pharmacokinetic parameters at early time-points to standard prognostic factors can improve pCR prediction in HR+ and triple-negative breast cancer.
Limitations: Relatively small sample size from single site.
Ethics committee approval: NRES Committee South East (13/LO/0411).
Funding for this study: NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre.
08:27Anna van der Voort.mp4
Author Block: A. van der Voort1, K. van der Hoogt1, R. Wessels2, R-J. Schipper3, G. Sonke1, R. M. Mann4; 1Amsterdam/NL, 2The Hague/NL, 3Eindhoven/NL, 4Nijmegen/NL
Purpose or Learning Objective: To investigate the added value of DWI to identify pCR in stage I-III HER2+ breast cancer patients with radiological complete response (rCR) after neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) on DCE-MRI.
Methods or Background: We retrospectively identified patients treated with trastuzumab-containing NAC between January 2015 until September 2019 who had rCR (absence of pathologic enhancement) on post-chemotherapy DCE-MRI-breast in the Netherlands Cancer Institute. Baseline and post-NAC MRI’s (Philips 1.5/3.0T) were evaluated by a dedicated breast radiologist blinded for the pathological outcome. We re-evaluated rCR on DCE-MRI and visually evaluated response on high b-value DW-images (b800 and higher). ADC values were measured within the original tumour region. We calculated the negative predictive value (NPV) for pCR (ypT0/is) with a corresponding 95% standard logit confidence interval. Fisher’s exact and Mann-Whitney’s U test were used for comparison between groups.
Results or Findings: DCE showed rCR in 102 patients of whom 76 had a pCR. A pCR was more common in HR+/HER2+ than HR-/HER2+ patients (40 of 46 vs 36 of 56, p=0.01). Residual DWI signal was visible in 7 patients. NPVs for DCE and for DWI among patients with rCR on DCE, were respectively 74.5% and 77.9% (95%CI: 75.4-80.2%) overall, 64.3% and 70.0% (95%CI: 64.3-75.1%) in HR+ and 86.9% and 86.7 (95%CI: 86.1-87.2%) in HR- patients. Within HR+ patients with visual residual DWI signal only 1 of 6 had a pCR (16.7%, 95%CI: 2.5-61.5%). The relative mean ADC-difference in HR+ patients was 80.1% (IQR 41.1-128.6%) and 114.7%, respectively with and without pCR (IQR 25.1-191.7%; p=0.36).
Conclusion: Standardised DWI evaluation after NAC could potentially help to identify more HR+/HER2+ patients with residual invasive disease.
Limitations: Double reader analysis will be performed before ECR. Multiple DWI-scan protocols were used.
Ethics committee approval: Approved by the IRB.
Funding for this study: No funding was received for this work.
37:35Maria Clotilde Sciandrello.mp4
Author Block: M. C. Sciandrello, M. Durando, G. Bartoli, E. Regini, A. Santonocito, A. Pittaro, I. Castellano, P. Fonio; Turin/IT
Purpose or Learning Objective: To identify which MRI criteria can predict residual ALN disease in breast cancer patients undergone NAC.
Methods or Background: From 2014 to 2021, pre-and post-NAC 1,5 T MRIs of 164 patients with locally advanced breast cancer were retrospectively analysed by two dedicated radiologists in consensus, blinded to histological results. We evaluated both quantitative (number, diameter) and qualitative (irregular margins, absence of fatty hilum, cortical thickness>3mm, perifocal oedema, rim enhancement, asymmetry comparing with contralateral side) criteria and ADC value related to ALNs before and after NAC. ALNs status was compared before NAC with ALN biopsy and with sentinel ALN biopsy or axillary dissection after NAC; nodal pathological response is classified according to Pinder’s criteria [complete response (pCR) versus no-complete response(no-pCR)]. Statistical analysis (Chi-square or Fisher’s exact tests for categorical variables, non-parametric Mann-Whitney test for continuous variables) was performed.
Results or Findings: At pre-therapy MRI, the two parameters that best correlated with positive ALN biopsy were irregular margins and the absence of fatty hilum (p= 0,0003 and p=0,0014 respectively), while, after NAC, relating the different parameters with pCR or no-pCR, the only statistically significant data was the irregularity of margins (p= 0,0003). The other variables, although at the univariate analysis they seemed to demonstrate a statistically significant correlation, did not confirm this data at the multivariate analysis.
Conclusion: Based on our results, irregular ALNs margins seem to be the most reliable parameter associated to pre-therapy ALNs disease and no-pCR after NAC.
Limitations: Retrospective study.
Ethics committee approval: Not required.
Funding for this study: No funding was provided for this study.