Publication Abstract

Authors: Neugut AI, Hillyer GC, Kushi LH, Lamerato L, Leoce N, Ambrosone CB, Bovbjerg DH, Mandelblatt JS, Hershman DL

Title: Non-initiation and early discontinuation of adjuvant trastuzumab in women with localized HER2-positive breast cancer.

Journal: Breast Cancer 21(6):780-5

Date: 2014 Nov

Abstract: One year of trastuzumab therapy is recommended for women with HER2-positive breast cancer ≥ 1.0 cm in size to increase survival and is considered for women with tumors 0.5-0.9 cm in size. We analyzed compliance with trastuzumab among women with HER2-positive breast cancer in a prospective cohort study. Of 1145 recruited patients with breast cancer, 152 were HER2-positive (13.2 %), of whom 126 had tumors ≥ 1.0 cm; 110/126 (87.3 %) of these initiated trastuzumab. Non-receipt was associated with older age, better prognosis tumors, and with non-receipt of adjuvant chemotherapy. Of the 110 who initiated treatment, 18 (15 %) did not complete treatment, 15 (83 %) of them because of cardiotoxicity. Of 20 women with tumors 0.5-0.9 cm, 5 (25 %) initiated trastuzumab. Compliance with trastuzumab was very high among those with HER2-positive breast cancer, as was the completion of the recommended therapy.