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Jung, Kyung Hae; Ataseven, Beyhan; Verrill, Mark; Pivot, Xavier; De Laurentiis, Michelino; Al-Sakaff, Nedal; Lauer, Sabine; Shing, Mona; Gligorov, Joseph; Azim, Hamdy A. (2018): Adjuvant Subcutaneous Trastuzumab for HER2-Positive Early Breast Cancer: Subgroup Analyses of Safety and Active Medical Conditions by Body Weight in the SafeHer Phase III Study. In: Oncologist, Vol. 23, No. 10: pp. 1137-1143
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Background This SafeHer subgroup analysis assessed the safety of fixed-dose subcutaneous trastuzumab (H SC) as an adjuvant therapy in HER2-positive early breast cancer (EBC) by body weight. Patients and Methods: Patients with HER2-positive EBC not previously treated with anti-HER2 therapy received H SC 600 mg (every 3 weeks for 18 cycles), with neoadjuvant or adjuvant chemotherapy or without adjuvant chemotherapy. Adverse events (AEs) were assessed throughout treatment and at final follow-up (28 5 days after last treatment). Subgroups were categorized by body weight, Asian origin, and chemotherapy administration. All analyses were descriptive. Of 2,577 patients enrolled, 2,573 received 1 dose of study medication and were included in this safety analysis. Median body weight at baseline was 67.0 kg (range 33.6-150.0 kg). Any-grade AEs occurred in 88.7% (2,282/2,573) of the overall population, versus 87.1% (590/677) of the lowest bodyweight quartile (59 kg), 90.0% (561/623) of the highest quartile (>77 kg), and 86.5% (327/378) of the Asian population. Grade 3 AEs occurred in 23.2% (596/2,573) of the overall population, 17.9% (121/677) of the lowest bodyweight quartile, 26.8% (167/623) of the highest quartile, and 15.3% (58/378) of the Asian population. The highest bodyweight quartile had the highest incidence of medical conditions at baseline (highest quartile, 75.6%;lowest quartile, 56.1%). Conclusion: Implications for PracticeThese data support the use of fixed-dose H SC as an adjuvant therapy in HER2-positive EBC and confirm the comparable safety profile of H SC in patients with low body weight or of Asian origin versus the overall population in SafeHer. : NCT01566721. The safety profile of fixed-dose subcutaneous trastuzumab (H SC) was comparable between patients in the lowest bodyweight subgroup and the overall patient population, and also between patients of Asian origin (of whom a higher proportion often fall within the lower bodyweight quartiles) and the overall population. The safety data from this SafeHer subgroup analysis therefore support the use of fixed-dose H SC 600 mg administered every 3 weeks as an adjuvant therapy for patients with HER2-positive early breast cancer across different bodyweight subgroups and in the Asian patient population. This article reports results of the SafeHer subgroup analysis, which assessed the safety of fixed-dose subcutaneous trastuzumab as an adjuvant therapy in HER2-positive early breast cancer by body weight.