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Targeted therapy in triple-negative metastatic breast cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Authors Clark O, Botrel T, Paladini L, Ferreira M

Received 30 July 2013

Accepted for publication 26 September 2013

Published 6 January 2014 Volume 2014:9 Pages 1—11

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CE.S52197

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Otávio Clark,1 Tobias Engel Ayer Botrel,1 Luciano Paladini,1 Mariana Bhering Andrade Ferreira2

1Evidências Consulting, Campinas, Brazil; 2Roche do Brasil, São Paulo, Brazil

Objective: To perform a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials that compared the efficacy of targeted therapy to conventional chemotherapy (CT) in patients with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC).
Methods: Several databases were searched, including Medline, Embase, LILACS, and CENTRAL. The primary end point was progression-free survival (PFS). We performed a meta-analysis of the published data. The results are expressed as hazard ratio (HR) or risk ratio, with their corresponding 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs).
Results: The final analysis included twelve trials comprising 2,054 patients with TNBC, which compared conventional CT alone against CT combined with targeted therapy (bevacizumab [Bev], sorafenib [Sor], cetuximab, lapatinib, and iniparib). PFS was superior in previously untreated patients with TNBC who received Bev plus CT compared to CT alone (fixed effect, HR 0.62, 95% CI 0.51–0.75; P<0.00001). Also, PFS was higher in one study that tested Bev plus CT combination in previously treated patients (HR 0.49, 95% CI 0.33–0.74; P=0.0006). Sor plus CT was also tested as first-line and second-line treatments. The pooled data of PFS favored the combination CT plus Sor (fixed effect, HR 0.69, 95% CI 0.49–0.98; P=0.04). Comparisons of iniparib plus CT also had a better PFS than CT alone (fixed effect, HR 0.75, 95% CI 0.62–0.90; P=0.002).
Conclusion: Targeted therapy, when associated with conventional CT, demonstrated gains in the PFS of patients with TNBC.

Keywords: triple-negative, chemotherapy, breast cancer, systematic review

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