Study confirms the test's ability to accurately predict clinical outcomes, reinforcing the unique value of Oncotype DX as the only multi-gene breast cancer test with prospective outcomes evidence in more than 50,000 patients
GENEVA, March 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Genomic Health today announced the presentation of new, five-year results from a large outcomes study with the Oncotype DX test at the 10th European Breast Cancer Conference (EBCC-10)1. Results from the PlanB study showed that 94 percent of women with early-stage breast cancer and Recurrence Score® results of 11 or less, who were treated with hormonal therapy alone, were still alive and disease-free five years after diagnosis.
PlanB is the first study which provides prospective data with the Oncotype DX breast cancer test in patients with high clinical risk of recurrence including those with node-positive disease (up to three nodes). The study was conducted by the West German Study Group (WSG) at 93 centres across Germany and is one of Europe's largest contemporary adjuvant breast cancer trials.
"Our study shows the unique value of adding biologic information provided by the Oncotype DX test in order to identify low-risk breast cancer patients - among patients with 0-3 involved lymph nodes - who can safely be spared the toxicity and side effects of chemotherapy without compromising outcomes," said Prof. Nadia Harbeck, WSG Scientific Director and Head of the breast center at University of Munich (LMU). "This is especially important for patients who would be considered as intermediate to high risk of recurrence based on traditional clinical parameters. These results confirm previous retrospective studies with Oncotype DX as well as the prospective TAILORx trial which already provided results for the node-negative population."
The PlanB study enrolled more than 3,100 patients who were considered candidates for chemotherapy by traditional parameters. Participants with Recurrence Score results of 11 or less were offered hormonal therapy alone, and patients with Recurrence Score results of 12 or higher were randomised to different chemotherapy regimens.
In women with Recurrence Score results of 11 or less who were treated with hormonal therapy alone, five-year disease free survival (DFS) was estimated as 94 percent after a median follow-up of 55 months. Patients with Recurrence Score results of 12 to 25 who were treated with adjuvant chemotherapy also had high DFS rates of 94 percent, while in patients with Recurrence Score results above 25 who had also received chemotherapy, DFS rates were 84 percent.
Further analysis from PlanB shows that Recurrence Score results provided independent value in addition to traditional clinical-pathological markers such as tumour grade and size.
"Value in health care depends on results and outcomes, which are vital to the patient. Results from this study clearly show the benefit of a personalised approach to breast cancer treatment," said Denis Horgan, executive director of the European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM). "We hope to see more healthcare systems across Europe provide access to molecular diagnostics that are supported by a high level of scientific evidence and proven clinical utility."
These new PlanB study results with five-year outcomes provide information beyond the three-year outcomes published recently in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The findings are consistent with conclusions of the Trial Assigning IndividuaLized Options for Treatment (Rx), or TAILORx, published in The New England Journal of Medicine. They add to an unprecedented body of evidence which now includes prospective outcomes in more than 50,000 patients across four large independently run international studies and provide unequivocal evidence supporting the expert clinical practice guidelines on the utility of Oncotype DX in node-negative and node-positive early breast cancer beyond the standard measures used alone for many years.
About the Oncotype DX test
The Oncotype DX breast cancer test is the only genomic test validated for its ability to predict the likelihood of chemotherapy benefit as well as risk of recurrence in early-stage breast cancer.
Healthcare systems across Europe are recognising the value of the test, which is incorporated in all major international clinical guidelines. Following assessment and recommendation by NICE in 2013, the Oncotype DX test is now widely available to patients across the UK. Other European countries that reimburse the test include Switzerland, Ireland, Greece and Spain. To learn more about the Oncotype DX test, visit: www.OncotypeDX.com
About Genomic Health
Genomic Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: GHDX) is the world's leading provider of genomic-based diagnostic tests that address both the overtreatment and optimal treatment of cancer, one of the greatest issues in healthcare today. With its Oncotype IQ™ Genomic Intelligence Platform, the company is applying its world-class scientific and commercial expertise and infrastructure to lead the translation of clinical and genomic big data into actionable results for treatment planning throughout the cancer patient journey, from diagnosis to treatment selection and monitoring. The Oncotype IQ portfolio of genomic tests and services currently consists of the company's flagship line of Oncotype DX gene expression tests that have been used to guide treatment decisions for more than 600,000 cancer patients worldwide. Genomic Health is expanding its test portfolio to include additional liquid and tissue-based tests. The company is based in Redwood City, California, with international headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, please visit, www.GenomicHealth.com and follow the company on Twitter: @GenomicHealth, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn.
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1Abstract no: 8 LBA. "Prospective WSG Phase III PlanB trial: Clinical outcome at 5-year follow up and impact of 21 Gene Recurrence Score result, central/local-pathological review of grade, ER, PR and Ki67 in HR+/HER2- high risk node-negative and –positive breast cancer", Friday, Plenary session: oral and late breaking abstracts, 09.45-11.15 hrs, Elicium.
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