Purpose: Findings from the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) -positive National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) B31 trial suggested that MYC/HER2 coamplification (> 5.0 copies/nucleus) was associated with additional benefit from adjuvant trastuzumab in patients with early-stage breast cancer. To further explore this relationship, we investigated associations between MYC amplification and disease-free survival (DFS) in a similar adjuvant trastuzumab HER2-positive breast cancer trial - North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG) N9831. Patients and Methods: This analysis included 799 patients randomly assigned to receive chemotherapy alone or with concurrent trastuzumab on N9831. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) was performed by using a dual-probe mixture for MYC and centromere 8 (MYC:CEP8) on tissue microarrays. MYC amplification was prespecified as MYC:CEP8 ratio > 2.2 or average MYC copies/nucleus > 5.0. Exploratory variables included polysomy 8. Results: In comparing DFS (median follow-up, 4.0 years) between treatments, patients with MYC:CEP8 ratio ≤ 2.2 (n = 618; 77%) and > 2.2 (n = 181; 23%) had hazard ratios (HRs) of 0.46 (P < .001) and 0.67 (P = .33), respectively (interaction P = .38). Patients with MYC copies/nucleus ≤ 5.0 (n = 534; 67%) and > 5.0 (n = 265; 33%) had HRs of 0.52 (P = .002) and 0.48 (P = .02), respectively (interaction P = .94). Patients with MYC:CEP8 ratio < 1.3 with normal chromosome 8 copy number (n = 141; 18%) and ≥ 1.3 or < 1.3 with polysomy 8 (n = 658; 82%) had HRs of 0.66 (P = .28) and 0.44 (P < .001), respectively (interaction P = .23). Patients with MYC copies/nucleus < 2.5 (n = 130; 16%) and ≥ 2.5 (n = 669; 84%) had HRs of 1.07 (P = .87) and 0.42 (P < .001), respectively (interaction P = .05). Conclusion: We did not confirm the B31 association between MYC amplification and additional trastuzumab benefit. Exploratory analyses revealed potential associations between alternative MYC/chromosome 8 copy number alterations and differential benefit of adjuvant trastuzumab.
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- Cancer Research