Aim: To examine real-world treatment patterns and outcomes in neoadjuvant and adjuvant settings for early-stage triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Patients & methods: Using the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results-Medicare database, we identified patients (≥65 years) with newly diagnosed stage II/III TNBC in 2010-2015 who had surgery plus neoadjuvant and/or adjuvant (systemic and/or radiation) therapy. Treatment, survival, healthcare resource use and costs were assessed through 2016. Results: Of 1569 patients (>99% women), 6%/74%/20% received neoadjuvant-only/adjuvant-only/both (neo + adj) therapies, respectively. Median overall survival was 23 months/not reached (NR)/78 months, with longer survival at stage II (NR/NR/78 months) than stage III (22/43/38 months). Mean per patient per month costs were $10,620 and $17,872 in neoadjuvant and adjuvant periods. Conclusion: These findings provide insights into clinical and economic outcomes for early-stage TNBC in 2010-2016.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cancer Research
- retrospective study
- treatment patterns
- triple-negative breast cancer