Cctg MA.39 tailor RT: A randomized trial of regional radiotherapy in biomarker low-risk node-positive breast cancer (NCT03488693). Conferences uri icon

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  • TPS602 Background: Biomarker low risk, ER positive (+), HER2 negative (-) breast cancer with low burden nodal involvement may be associated with good outcomes (Woodward 2016, Mamounas 2017). There is conflicting data regarding the efficacy of regional radiotherapy after breast conserving surgery (BCS) or mastectomy in these patients (Kyndi 2008, Whelan 2015, Poortmans 2015, Liu 2015). Our hypothesis is that the risk of recurrence in patients with biomarker low risk, ER+, Her2- breast cancer and involvement of 1-3 lymph nodes where regional RT is omitted will not be inferior to the risk of recurrence in patients treated with regional RT. Methods: MA39 is a Canadian Cancer Trials Group led, NCTN sponsored, randomized phase III study comparing breast cancer recurrence free interval (BCRFI) in patients with ER+, Her2-, LN 1-3+ breast cancer that is low risk as defined by Oncotype Dx Recurrence Score < 18. Secondary objectives include a comparison of DFS, breast cancer mortality, OS, locoregional and distant recurrence free intervals, toxicity, arm volume and mobility measurements, patient reported outcomes and cost effectiveness. Key eligibility criteria include: age ≥ 40 years; BCS or mastectomy with axillary dissection and 1-3 positive axillary nodes; BCS and SLNB alone and 1-2 positive axillary nodes; mastectomy and SLNB alone and only 1 positive axillary node; planned endocrine therapy ≥ 5 years; adjuvant chemotherapy allowed. Statistical design: The primary analysis will be a test of non-inferiority (NI) in the intention to treat population. If the upper bound of a one-sided 95% interval for the hazard ratio for BCRFI is < 1.4, NI will be declared. Using a one-sided α of 0.05 and a power of 87%, it is anticipated that 278 events are required. With an expected 5 years of accrual and 4.5 years of follow-up, 2140 patients are needed for the final sample size. Conduct to Date: Study activation May 30 2018. Participation as of February 2019: Registrations 64 Randomizations 26. CIRB approval for continuation of MA.39 was received on January 11 2019. Clinical trial information: NCT03488693.


  • Parulekar, Wendy R
  • Berrang, Tanya
  • Kong, Iwa
  • Rakovitch, Eileen
  • Theberge, Valerie
  • Gelmon, Karen A
  • Chia, Stephen KL
  • Bellon, Jennifer Ruth
  • Jagsi, Reshma
  • Ho, Alice Y
  • White, Julia R
  • Zellars, Richard C
  • Bane, Anita
  • Boileau, Jean-Francois
  • Lemieux, Julie
  • Montenegro, Alexander
  • Chen, Bingshu E
  • Whelan, Timothy

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  • May 20, 2019