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Cellular Oncology
Volume 31 (2009), Issue 4, Pages 261-271

The Prognostic Value of the Proliferation Marker Phosphohistone H3 (PPH3) in Luminal, Basal-Like and Triple Negative Phenotype Invasive Lymph Node-Negative Breast Cancer

Ivar Skaland,1,2 Emiel A. M. Janssen,1 Einar Gudlaugsson,1,2 Lydia Hui Ru Guo,3 and Jan P. A. Baak1,2,4

1Department of Pathology, Stavanger University Hospital, Stavanger, Norway
2The Gade Institute, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
3Department of Oncology, Longhua Hospital, Shanghai, China
4Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Purpose: Prognostic comparison of phosphohistone-H3 (PPH3) with Cytokeratin 5/6 and/or 14 positive (= basal-CK), triple (ER, PR, HER2)-negative (= TNP) and basal-like (= TNP and basal-CK positive) phenotype in invasive breast cancers.

Patients and Methods: Classical variables, PPH3, ER, PR, basal-CK and HER2 in 240 T1–2N0M0 patients under 71 years.

Results: TNP and basal-like cancers had higher PPH3 expression than the other cancers (mean 48 versus 11, P < 0.001). Fifteen percent of the patients in the whole group, but 32–38% of TNP and basal-like cancers recurred.With multivariate analysis, PPH3 < 13 (n = 156) versus ≥ 13 (n = 84 = 35% of all cases) was the strongest and only prognosticator (10-year survival 96% and 64%, P ≤ 0.001, Hazard ratio = 9.0).

Conclusion: PPH3 is the strongest prognosticators in luminal, Triple negative and basal-like T1–2N0M0 invasive breast cancers.