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Does Progesterone Receptor Matter in the Risk of Recurrence for Patients With Ductal Carcinoma in Situ?

Lubna N. Chaudhary, MD, MS; Zeeshan Jawa, MD; Ahmad Hanif, MD; Aniko Szabo, PhD; Sailaja Kamaraju, MD; Yee Chung Cheng, MD; Christopher R. Chitambar, MD

WMJ. 2019;118(1):62-67.

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Background: Local recurrence is a major concern in patients diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). In invasive breast cancers, estrogen receptor (ER) (+)/progesterone receptor (PR) (-) subtype is considered more aggressive with poorer prognosis as compared to ER+/PR+ tumors. It is unclear whether this holds true in DCIS.

Methods: Six hundred ninety-three patients diagnosed and treated for DCIS at Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center (February 2002 to March 2015) were studied to determine if the recurrence rates were significantly different between ER+/PR- and ER+/PR+ tumors. Recurrence was defined as either noninvasive or invasive ipsilateral, contralateral, or distant disease. Probabilities of recurrences were calculated using Kaplan-Meier estimator. Cox proportional hazards model was used to evaluate the effect of prognostic factors on DCIS recurrence.

Results: Median follow-up was 5.2 years. The 5-year recurrence-free survival (RFS) was 91% (95% CI, 88.2-93.3) while estimated 7-year RFS was 86% (95% CI, 81.9-89.2). Seventy-five patients had a recurrence during their follow-up. Patients with ER-/PR- tumors (n = 118) had a significantly higher risk of recurrence (Hazard Ratio 3.7, 95% CI, 1.9-7.2, P = 0.0001) whereas those with ER+/PR- subtype (n = 77) did not have a significant difference in recurrence risk (HR 1.75, 95% CI, 0.92-3.32, P = 0.085) when compared to ER+/PR+ tumors (n = 482). No endocrine therapy for ER+ DCIS and lumpectomy alone were also significant predictors of recurrence (P = 0.0073 and P = 0.005, respectively).

Conclusions: ER+/PR- subtype was not a significant predictor of recurrence in DCIS patients. This finding is in contrast to the recurrence risk seen in invasive breast cancers. Mastectomy and postlumpectomy radiation were associated with improved outcomes as was adjuvant endocrine therapy.

Author Affiliations: Division of Hematology and Oncology (Chaudhary, Jawa, Kamaraju, Cheng, Chitambar); Department of Internal Medicine (Hanif); Division of Biostatistics (Szabo); Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wis.
Corresponding Author: Lubna N. Chaudhary, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin, 9200 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53226; phone 414.805.4600; fax 414.805.4606; email
Funding/Support: None declared.
Financial Disclosures: None declared.
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