The relationship between tumour associated macrophage markers and tumour, demographic & behavioural factors in breast cancer
AffiliationUniversity of Manchester, Manchester
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AbstractBACKGROUND: Tumour associated macrophages (TAMs) are prognostic markers in breast cancer, however the influence of patient demographic and behavioural factors on these inflammatory markers has not been fully appreciated. METHODS: In 201 invasive breast cancer and 58 ductal carcinoma in-situ (DCIS) patients, TAM density (percentage % CD68 [IHC-immunohistochemistry] positive cells) was correlated with tumour factors (grade, proliferation (Ki67), ER, HER2); demographic factors (age, menopausal status, breast density, BMI, diabetes) and behavioural factors (smoking, alcohol). RESULTS: TAM density was increased in invasive breast cancer, compared to DCIS, and normal tissue distant from the tumour (59%, 41% and 6% respectively; p<0.001). In invasive cancer, TAM density increased with increasing tumour grade (Grade 1: 42%, Grade 2: 58%, Grade 3: 72%; p=0.006), high Ki67 (71% vs. 47%; p=0.004), ER negativity (70% vs. 51%; p=0.02) and HER2 (HER2 positive 77% vs. HER2 negative 55%; p=0.055). TAM density was higher in high compared to low/intermediate DCIS (44% % vs 31% respectively). In terms of demographic factors, TAM density did not correlate with age, menopausal status, breast density (BIRADs), BMI or history of diabetes. TAM density was not increased in patients who smoked; however, it was increased in patients who self-reported alcohol intake (non-drinker 43% vs. drinker 62%; p=0.01). CONCLUSION: TAM density shows utility in identifying aggressive breast cancer sub-types. The association reported between TAM density and alcohol intake suggests a possible mechanism for alcohol as a risk factor for breast cancer.
CitationSingh U, Castle J, Greenhalgh S, Hussain U, Descamps T, Nash S, et al. Abstract P5-04-27: The relationship between tumour associated macrophage markers and tumour, demographic & behavioural factors in breast cancer. Cancer Research. 2020;80(4):P5-04-27-P5-04-27.
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