An objective nodal staging system for breast cancer patients undergoing neoadjuvant systemic treatment

Cited 0 time in Web of Science Cited 0 time in Scopus

Yoo, Tae-Kyung; Chang, Jung Min; Shin, Hee-Chul; Han, Wonshik; Noh, Dong-Young; Moon, Hyeong-Gon

Issue Date
BioMed Central
BMC Cancer, 17(1):389
Breast cancerNeoadjuvant systemic therapNodal stagingChest CT
In this study, we aimed to develop an objective staging system to determine the degree of nodal metastasis in breast cancer patients undergoing neoadjuvant systemic treatment (NST).

We reviewed the pretreatment computed tomography (CT) images of 392 breast cancer patients who received NST. The association between the patterns of the enlarged regional lymph nodes and treatment outcome was analyzed.

In the development cohort of 260 patients, 88 (33.8%) patients experienced tumor recurrence and had a significantly higher number of enlarged lymph nodes on the pretreatment CT compared to patients with no recurrence. When patients were classified according to the numbers and locations of enlarged lymph nodes on pretreatment CT, the number of lymph nodes larger than 1 cm was most significantly associated with tumor recurrence. The accuracy of the CT-based nodal staging system was validated in an independent cohort of 132 patients. The presence of the enlarged supraclavicular nodes was associated with worse outcome, but the effect seemed to originate from the accompanied extensive axillary nodal burden. The prognostic effect of the objectively measured axillary nodal metastasis was more pronounced in hormone receptor-negative tumors.

We have developed and validated an objective method of nodal staging in breast cancer patients who undergo NST based on the number of enlarged axillary lymph nodes. Our system can improve the current subjective approach, which uses physical examination alone.
Files in This Item:
Appears in Collections:
College of Medicine/School of Medicine (의과대학/대학원)Surgery (외과학전공)Journal Papers (저널논문_외과학전공)
  • mendeley

Items in S-Space are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.