SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 3, 2019 – Biotheranostics, Inc., announces new pivotal data on the Breast Cancer Index® (BCI) test being presented at the ASCO conference June 3rd, 2019 that further validates its ability to accurately predict which women with early-stage, hormone receptor positive (HR+) breast cancer will benefit from extended endocrine therapy. Findings from the Translational-aTTom study (Trans-aTTom) led by an international team of cancer researchers strengthen BCI clinical evidence as a predictive biomarker and highlight its utility in helping physicians determine 5 vs. 10-year endocrine treatment plans for their patients.
The Trans-aTTom study to date includes 1822 patients treated in the aTTom trial, which randomized nearly 7,000 HR+ women to either stop or continue tamoxifen for 5 more years after completing at least 4 years of endocrine therapy. Data presented on 583 patients with N+ disease demonstrated that the Breast Cancer Index effectively stratified patients based on their response to extended endocrine therapy, identifying 49% of patients that showed a statistically significant benefit of 10.2% with 10 years of tamoxifen, and 51% of patients that did not show a statistically significant benefit from continued treatment. These data provide further validation and establish level 1B evidence for Breast Cancer Index as the only predictive biomarker for benefit from extended endocrine therapy in early-stage, HR+ breast cancer.
A significant dilemma in early-stage, HR+ breast cancer is determining the optimal duration of endocrine therapy to reduce the ongoing risk of distant recurrence. For breast cancer patients on endocrine therapy, the side effects and toxicities associated with treatment often have a severe impact on health and quality of life (e.g., osteoporosis, endometrial cancer, blood clots, joint pain) For these women, weighing the health risks against the potential benefit of continuing endocrine therapy beyond 5 years is essential for individual treatment planning. Thus, identifying women for whom extending endocrine therapy helps reduce their risk of recurrence is important to help decrease their anxiety, increase their satisfaction and comfort with their treatment decision, and potentially enable them to comply effectively with their treatment plan. Breast Cancer Index is the only test validated to predict which patients will benefit from endocrine therapy beyond 5 years, helping inform the decision of 5 vs 10 years of endocrine therapy. No other genomic tests or clinicopathologic factors have demonstrated the ability to predict extended endocrine therapy benefit.
Catherine Schnabel, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Biotheranostics, said , “Results from the Trans-aTTom study add to the growing body of evidence that BCI accurately identifies which early-stage HR+ patients are associated with better outcomes and preferential response to extended endocrine therapy. Clinicians may use BCI to personalize their approach and provide validated genomic information to help patients weigh the risks and benefits of prolonging their endocrine treatment.”
Don Hardison, Biotheranostics’ President and CEO, added, “We are very pleased with results from the Trans-aTTom validation study. It provides further validation that Breast Cancer Index is the only predictive biomarker for extended endocrine therapy in early-stage, HR+ breast cancer. We are committed to ensuring that every breast cancer patient and her physician have information to help determine the best approach to individualize treatment.”
About Breast Cancer Index®
Breast Cancer Index is a molecular, gene expression-based test uniquely positioned to provide information to help physicians individualize treatment decisions for patients with early stage, ER+ breast cancer. This breakthrough test helps oncologists and patients navigate the difficult trade-off between taking steps to prevent recurrence of their disease and facing significant side effects and safety challenges related to unnecessary treatment. Breast Cancer Index holds guidelines designation from the American Joint Committee on Cancer for cancer staging based on molecular profile; ASCO, NCCN, European Group on Tumor Markers (EGTM), and St. Gallen to inform the chemotherapy decision; and ASCO and EGTM to inform the extended endocrine treatment dilemma. It is the only validated, commercially available test that provides risk of overall and late distant recurrence and predicts the likelihood of benefit from extended endocrine therapy. For more information, visit breastcancerindex.com.
Biotheranostics, Inc. operates a CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited diagnostic laboratory in San Diego, California. Biotheranostics, Inc., is a leading healthcare provider in the oncology field assisting physicians in the treatment of cancer patients. Its suite of proprietary molecular diagnostic tests provides important information to physicians to tailor treatment to individual patients. The company's Breast Cancer Index® and CancerTYPE ID® tests address a variety of unmet medical needs in the management of cancer patients, and extensive clinical studies have confirmed the accuracy, clinical validity, clinical utility, and cost-effectiveness of the tests. Learn more at biotheranostics.com.
BCI provides a quantitative assessment of the likelihood of distant recurrence in patients diagnosed with ER+ node-negative breast cancer, and prediction of likelihood of benefit from extended (>5 year) endocrine therapy in patients who are recurrence-free after an initial 5 years of adjuvant endocrine therapy. Treatment decisions require correlation with all other clinical findings. This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by Biotheranostics, Inc. lt has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This test is used for clinical purposes. lt should not be regarded as investigational or for research. How this information is used to guide patient care is the responsibility of the physician. Biotheranostics is certified under the Clinical Laboratory lmprovement Amendments of 1988 to perform high-complexity clinical laboratory testing.