Navigation Links
Mayo Clinic: Obese patients with HER2-positive breast cancer may have worse outcomes

SAN ANTONIO -- Obese patients with early-stage HER2-positive breast cancer may have worse outcomes than patients who are normal weight or overweight, Mayo Clinic researchers found in a study presented today at the 2011 CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. HER2-positive breast cancer gets its name from a protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 that promotes cancer cell growth.

"Not only did obese women have poorer outcomes given several different therapies tested to treat HER2-positive breast cancer, but we know that obese patients in our study had larger tumors and were more likely to have had cancer detected in their lymph nodes, compared to patients who were not obese," says the study's lead author, Jennifer Crozier, M.D., a medical resident.

"While other studies have looked at the effect of body weight on treatment outcome for estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, no one has examined this variable in the HER2-positive subtype, which accounts for about one-third of all breast cancers," says Dr. Crozier.

Researchers used data from the North Central Cancer Treatment Group N9831 study for their analysis. This phase III randomized clinical trial tested three different options for treatment of early stage HER2-positive breast cancer: chemotherapy alone (Arm A); chemotherapy followed by Herceptin for a year (Arm B); and chemotherapy plus Herceptin, followed by Herceptin for a year (Arm C).

In a review of data from 3,017 patients, researchers found that, considering all three treatment arms together, obese patients -- those with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more -- had worse outcomes than patients with a BMI less than 30, although these trends were not statistically significant.

Researchers then calculated disease-free survival for each study arm for normal weight, overweight and obese patients, and found that patients fared best in Arm C. In this arm, the difference between BMI and outcome was not statistically significant, Dr. Crozier says. Herceptin was powerful enough to provide an equal benefit in patients with vastly varying body weights, she says.

"We are continually searching for approaches that will help our patients have the best outcome possible after their diagnosis of breast cancer, and this study suggests that excess body weight may make a difference," says senior investigator Edith Perez, M.D., director of Mayo Clinic's breast program in Florida.


Contact: Joe Dangor
Mayo Clinic

Related medicine news :

1. Mayo Clinic: Young women with rheumatoid arthritis at more risk for broken bones
2. Mayo Clinic: Short training course significantly improves detection of precancerous polyps
3. Mayo Clinic: Primary physicians may hold key to suicide prevention
4. Mayo Clinic: Flaxseed no cure for hot flashes during breast cancer or menopause
5. Mayo Clinic: Raoul Tibes, M.D., Ph.D., to receive Career Development Award
6. Atlanta School of Massage Celebrates 30th Anniversary with a New Green Design and New Name for its Teaching Clinic: SensAbility
7. Vitamin D Levels Tied to Diabetes Risk in Obese Kids
8. Colon Cancer Prognosis Worse for the Obese, Type 2 Diabetics
9. Low-Cal Diet Cuts Fat Around Heart in Obese People: Study
10. Outlook Good for Obese Kids Who Lose Weight
11. Primary care-based weight intervention helps obese patients reduce weight
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... An inventor, from Hopkinsville, ... prescription medications at home, so he invented the patent-pending ELECTRONIC M.D. , The ... medications. In doing so, it could help to prevent potential overdose situations. As ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... , ... ProSidebar: Fashion is a set of 30 kinetic edge ... video editors can easily add an informative sidebar to any FCPX production. Create ... featuring self-animating drop zones, lines, bars, and text with the ease of FCPX's drag ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... ... A simply groundbreaking television series, "Voices in America", which is hosted by ... of issues that are presently affecting Americans. Dedicated to providing the world with a ... the subjects consumers focus on, one episode at a time. , In the ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 27, 2015 , ... The men and women on this ... in the country. They have overseen financial turnarounds, shown commitment to their community ... industry as a whole through their advocacy and professional efforts. , Becker's Hospital ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... Patients at Serenity Point ... come together on Thanksgiving Day to share the things that they are most ... Serenity Point YouTube channel, patients displayed what they wrote on index cards, describing ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... North Carolina , 26 november 2015 ... Inc. (AAIPharma/CML) kondigt de geplande investering aan ... uitbreiding van de laboratoria en het mondiale ... . De uitbreiding zal resulteren in extra ... wordt voldaan aan de groeiende behoeften van ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... and Markets ( ) has announced the addition of ... - Rise in Cardiac Disorders and Growing Awareness among People ... Boston scientific and others. ... others. --> The market is dominated by ... scientific and others. Asia ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... 2015 ... the  "2016 Future Horizons and Growth ... Testing Market: Supplier Shares, Competitive Intelligence, ... --> ) has ... Future Horizons and Growth Strategies in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: