Comprehensive CYP2D6 genotype and adherence affect outcome in breast cancer patients treated with tamoxifen monotherapy

Alastair M. Thompson (Lead / Corresponding author), Andrea Johnson, Philip Quinlan, Grantland Hillman, Marcel Fontecha, Susan E. Bray, Colin A. Purdie, Lee B. Jordan, Roberta Ferraldeschi, Ayshe Latif, Kirsten D. Hadfield, Robert B. Clarke, Linda Ashcroft, D. Gareth Evans, Anthony Howell, Michele Nikoloff, Jeffrey Lawrence, William G. Newman

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    The association between CYP2D6 genotype and outcome in breast cancer patients treated with adjuvant tamoxifen remains controversial. We assessed the influence of comprehensive versus limited CYP2D6 genotype in the context of tamoxifen adherence and co-medication in a large cohort of 618 patients. Genotyping of 33 CYP2D6 alleles used two archival cohorts from tamoxifen-treated women with invasive breast cancer (Dundee, n = 391; Manchester, n = 227). Estimates for recurrence-free survival (RFS) were calculated based on inferred CYP2D6 phenotypes using Kaplan-Meier and Cox proportional hazard models, adjusted for nodal status and tumour size. Patients with at least one reduced function CYP2D6 allele (60%) or no functional alleles (6%) had a non-significant trend for worse RFS: hazard ratio (HR) 1.52 (CI 0.98-2.36, P = 0.06). For post-menopausal women on tamoxifen monotherapy, the HR for recurrence in patients with reduced functional alleles was 1.96 (CI 1.05-3.66, P = 0.036). However, RFS analysis limited to four common CYP2D6 allelic variants was no longer significant (P = 0.39). The effect of CYP2D6 genotype was increased by adjusting for adherence to tamoxifen therapy, but not significantly changed when adjusted for co-administration of potent inhibitors of CYP2D6. Comprehensive genotyping of CYP2D6 and adherence to tamoxifen therapy may be useful to identify breast cancer patients most likely to benefit from adjuvant tamoxifen.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)279-287
    Number of pages9
    JournalBreast Cancer Research and Treatment
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011


    • Adherence
    • Cytochrome P450
    • CYP2D6
    • Pharmacogenetics
    • Tamoxifen
    • WOMEN


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