Perfusion parameters on breast dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI are associated with disease-specific survival in patients with triple-negative breast cancer

Vivian Youngjean Park, Eun Kyung Kim, Min Jung Kim, Jung Hyun Yoon, Hee Jung Moon

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OBJECTIVE. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between perfusion parameters on MRI performed before treatment and survival outcome (disease-free survival [DFS], disease-specific survival [DSS]) in patients with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). MATERIALS AND METHODS. Sixty-one patients (median age, 50 years; age range, 27-77 years) with TNBC (tumor size on MRI: Median, 25.5 mm; range, 11.0-142.0 mm) were included. We analyzed clinical and pathologic variables and MRI parameters. Cox proportional hazards models were used to determine associations with survival outcome. RESULTS. The median follow-up time was 46.1 months (range, 13.9-58.4 months). Eleven of 61 (18.0%) patients had events (i.e., local, regional, or distant recurrence or contralateral breast cancer) and seven (11.5%) died of breast cancer. Among the pretreatment variables, a larger tumor size on MR images (hazard ratio [HR] = 1.024, p = 0.003) was associated with worse DFS at univariate analysis. In multivariate pretreatment models for DSS, a higher fractional volume of extravascular extracellular space per unit volume of tissue (ve) value (HR = 1.658, p = 0.038), higher peak enhancement (HR = 1.843, p = 0.018), and a larger tumor size on MR images (HR = 1.060, p = 0.001) were associated with worse DSS. In multivariate posttreatment models, a larger pathologic tumor size (HR for DFS, 1.074 [p = 0.005]; HR for DSS, 1.050 [p = 0.042]) and metastasis in surgically resected axillary lymph nodes (HR for DFS, 5.789 [p = 0.017]; HR for DSS, 23.717 [p = 0.005]) were associated with worse survival outcome. CONCLUSION. A higher ve value, higher peak enhancement, and larger tumor size of the primary tumor on pretreatment MRI were independent predictors of worse DSS in patients with TNBC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)687-694
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Mar


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  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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