Prospective cost-effectiveness analysis of genomic profiling in breast cancer

Valesca P. Retel, M. A. Joore, C. A. Drukker, J. M. Bueno-de-Mesquita, M. Knauer, H. van Tinteren, S.C. Linn, Wim H. van Harten*

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Background: The cost-effectiveness of the 70-gene signature (70-GS) (MammaPrint (R)) has earlier been estimated using retrospective validation data. Based on the prospective 5-year survival data of the microarRAy-prognoSTics-in-breast-cancER (RASTER) study, the aim here was to evaluate the cost-effectiveness reflecting the actual use in clinical practice, including reality-based compliance rates. Methods: Costs and outcomes (quality-adjusted-life-years (QALYs)) were calculated in node-negative (N-) patients included in the RASTER study (n = 427). Sensitivity and specificity of the 70-gene and Adjuvant! Online (AO) were based on 5-year distant-disease-free survival (DDFS). Subgroup analyses were performed for two groups for whom benefit of the 70-gene had earlier been reported: (1) ductal, oestrogen receptor-positive (ER+), tumour diameter 1030 mm, grade II, age 40-70; (2) ductal, oestrogen receptor-positive, tumour diameter 530 mm, grade II/III and age 40-70. Results: Based on 5-year survival data, the cost-effectiveness of the 70-gene signature versus AO was prospectively confirmed. The total health care costs per patient were (sic)26,786 for the 70-gene and (sic)29,187 for AO. The quality adjusted life years yielded 12.49 and 11.88, respectively. The subgroups retrieved slightly higher life gains and higher costs, but all resulted finally in a favourable position for the 70-gene signature. Conclusions: The use of the 70-gene signature, as judged appropriate by doctors and patients and supported by a low risk 70-gene signature as an oncological safe choice, was also found to be cost-effective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3773-3779
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


  • Breast cancer
  • Gene expression profiling
  • Adjuvant systemic treatment
  • Real world cost-effectiveness

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