A prognostic scoring model for survival after locoregional therapy in de novo stage IV breast cancer

Anuhya Kommalapati, Sri Harsha Tella, Gaurav Goyal, Apar Kishor Ganti, Jairam Krishnamurthy, Pavan Kumar Tandra

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Background: The role of locoregional treatment (LRT) remains controversial in de novo stage IV breast cancer (BC). We sought to analyze the role of LRT and prognostic factors of overall survival (OS) in de novo stage IV BC patients treated with LRT utilizing the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB). The objective of the current study is to create and internally validate a prognostic scoring model to predict the long-term OS for de novo stage IV BC patients treated with LRT. Methods: We included de novo stage IV BC patients reported to NCDB between 2004 and 2015. Patients were divided into LRT and no-LRT subsets. We randomized LRT subset to training and validation cohorts. In the training cohort, a seventeen-point prognostic scoring system was developed based on the hazard ratios calculated using Cox-proportional method. We stratified both training and validation cohorts into two “groups” [group 1 (0–7 points) and group 2 (7–17 points)]. Kaplan–Meier method and log-rank test were used to compare OS between the two groups. Our prognostic score was validated internally by comparing the OS between the respective groups in both the training and validation cohorts. Results: Among 67,978 patients, LRT subset (21,200) had better median OS as compared to that of no-LRT (45 vs. 24 months; p < 0.0001). The group 1 and group 2 in the training cohort showed a significant difference in the 3-year OS (p < 0.0001) (68 vs. 26%). On internal validation, comparable OS was seen between the respective groups in each cohort (p = 0.77). Conclusions: Our prognostic scoring system will help oncologists to predict the prognosis in de novo stage IV BC patients treated with LRT. Although firm treatment-related conclusions cannot be made due to the retrospective nature of the study, LRT appears to be associated with a better OS in specific subgroups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)677-685
Number of pages9
JournalBreast Cancer Research and Treatment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018



  • Locoregional therapy
  • Prediction model
  • Stage IV breast cancer
  • Survival

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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