A Prospective Cohort Study Evaluating Risk of Local Recurrence Following Breast Conserving Surgery and Endocrine Therapy in Low Risk Luminal A Breast Cancer

Official Title

A Prospective Cohort Study Evaluating Risk of Local Recurrence Following Breast Conserving Surgery and Endocrine Therapy in Low Risk Luminal A Breast Cancer


This is a multicentre, single-arm prospective cohort study evaluating risk of ipsilateral breast tumour recurrence(IBTR) following breast conserving surgery (BCS) in a group of women postulated to be at low risk for recurrence. Women with luminal A breast cancer determined by immunohistochemical(IHC) and other low risk clinical testing (see below) will be treated with endocrine therapy (tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitor) for five years and will not be treated with breast irradiation (BI). Subjects will be followed for 10 years and will be assessed for recurrent disease, new primary cancer and survival.

Trial Description

Primary Outcome:

  • Ipsilateral Breast Tumour Recurrence (IBTR)
Secondary Outcome:
  • Recurrence Free interval (RFI)
  • Event-free survival (EFS)
  • Overall survival (OS)
The independent prognostic ability of the luminal A subtype has been demonstrated in two retrospective analyses of prospective trials and suggests that luminal A combined with other known clinical prognostic factors could be used to select patients treated with BCS at very low risk for IBTR who could avoid BI. Given that using intrinsic subtyping combined with other clinical factors to identify women who could avoid BI would be a major change in clinical practice, we propose that a prospective study is necessary to confirm that such an approach can accurately identify a group of women at very low risk for IBTR following BCS. We anticipate that the risk of IBTR in the low risk group is likely to be lower than that observed in previous trials (predicted to be < 5% at 5 years and < 10% at 10 years) for several reasons: first, our selection criteria (node negative, luminal A, > or = 55 years, tumours < or = 2cm, excision margin > or = 1mm post-BCS, absence of lobular cancers, extensive intraductal component and lymphovascular invasion) are more restrictive than in previous trials and second, the risks of IBTR are steadily decreasing over time due to improvements in mammographic screening, pre-op staging, tumour localization, and surgical practice. The expected low failure rates are unlikely to warrant the use of radiation. A prospective cohort study was identified as the most appropriate and efficient design as our primary hypothesis is that a group of patients at very low risk of IBTR can be identified. A randomized trial could address the effectiveness of radiation in such a cohort of patients, but would require a much larger sample size to detect very small differences, which would not be clinically meaningful. During the conduct of this trial it is anticipated that patients who do not meet study criteria or who decline study enrollment, will continue to receive BI after BCS.

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