Survival Benefit of Germline BRCA Mutation is Associated with Residual Disease in Ovarian Cancer.


BACKGROUND/AIMS:Prognostic value of germline BRCA1 or BRCA2 (gBRCA1/2) mutations in epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) remains controversial, especially in the estimation of long-term survival. We previously reported the largest study of gBRCA1/2 mutation prevalence in Chinese EOC patients. The aim of this study is to further illustrate the correlation of residual disease and survival in BRCA-associated EOC in China. METHODS:In the current cohort consisting of 615 cases from the Chinese EOC genome-wide association study, we evaluated the association between gBRCA1/2 mutation and clinical outcomes. RESULTS:Overall, we did not find any significant difference between gBRCA1/2 mutation carriers and non-carriers in both progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) (19.3 vs. 18.1 months and 77.2 vs. 73.2 months, P=0.528 and 0.147, HR 0.93 and 0.79, 95%CI 0.74-1.17 and 0.57-1.09, respectively). However, within three years after diagnosis, mutation carriers showed a longer OS than non-carriers (P=0.018, HR 0.53, 95%CI 0.31-0.90). Such a survival advantage decreased along with the extension of follow-up time. Quite interestingly, in the subgroup of patients with gross residual disease, mutation carriers had a longer survival than non-carriers (18.5 vs. 15.1 months and 68.5 vs. 54.3 months, P=0.046 and 0.038, HR 0.74 and 0.65, 95% CI 0.55-1.00 and 0.43-0.98, for PFS and OS respectively). CONCLUSIONS:Our findings provided the evidence that gBRCA1/2 mutation was not associated with survival in Chinese EOC patients, which possibly attributed to more than 37% of the patients without gross residual disease. Survival benefit of gBRCA1/2 mutation was prominent in ovarian cancer patients with gross residual disease.





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Shi, Tingyan, Pan Wang, Wenbin Tang, Rong Jiang, Sheng Yin, Di Shi, Qing Wang, Qingyi Wei, et al. (2018). Survival Benefit of Germline BRCA Mutation is Associated with Residual Disease in Ovarian Cancer. Cellular physiology and biochemistry : international journal of experimental cellular physiology, biochemistry, and pharmacology, 47(5). pp. 2088–2096. 10.1159/000491477 Retrieved from

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