Associations between ERBB2 amplification and progression-free survival and overall survival in advanced stage, suboptimally-resected epithelial ovarian cancers: A Gynecologic Oncology Group study

John Farley, Sartoru Fuchiuji, Kathleen M. Darcy, Chunqiao Tian, William J. Hoskins, William P. McGuire, Parviz Hanjani, David Warshal, Benjamin E. Greer, Jerome Belinson, Michael J. Birrer*

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Abstract

Objective(s): The Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) examined the association between ERBB2 amplification and clinical covariates, tumor response, disease status post-chemotherapy, progression-free survival (PFS), and overall survival (OS) in epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). Methods: Women with suboptimally-resected, advanced stage EOC who participated in GOG-111, a multi-center randomized phase III trial of cyclophosphamide + cisplatin versus paclitaxel + cisplatin, and provided a tumor block through the companion protocol GOG-9404 were eligible. ERBB2 amplification was examined using fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) with probes for ERBB2 and the centromere of chromosome 17 (CEP17). Results: ERBB2 amplification, defined as > 2 copies of ERBB2/CEP17, was a rare event in EOC with 7% (9/133) of women exhibiting between 2.2 and 33.7 copies of ERBB2/CEP17, and was not associated with patient age, race, GOG performance status, stage, cell type, grade, measurable disease status, volume of ascites, tumor response or disease status post-chemotherapy. Women with > 2 verses ≤ 2 copies of ERBB2/CEP17 did not have a reduced risk of disease progression (hazard ratio [HR] = 0.56; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.27-1.16; p = 0.120) or death (HR = 0.57; 95% CI = 0.26-1.23; p = 0.152), and ERBB2 amplification was not an independent prognostic factor for PFS or OS. ERBB2 amplification, defined as > 4 copies of ERBB2/nuclei, was observed in 9% (12/133) of women with levels ranging from 4.2 to 49.2 copies of ERBB2/nuclei, and was associated with older age and volume of ascites, but not with the other clinical covariates or outcome. Conclusion(s): ERBB2 amplification is a rare event and has no predictive or prognostic value in suboptimally-resected, advanced stage EOC treated with platinum-based combination chemotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-347
Number of pages7
JournalGynecologic Oncology
Volume113
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Carcinogenesis
  • ERBB2
  • FISH
  • Gene amplification
  • Ovary

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