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Adjuvant radiation therapy in early-stage endometrial cancer with abnormal beta-catenin expression is associated with improved local control. Gynecologic oncology Hui, C., Mendoza, M. G., Snyder, J., Dorigo, O., Litkouhi, B., Renz, M., Karam, A., Devereaux, K., Howitt, B. E., Kidd, E. A. 2023; 174: 42-48


Emerging data suggests that abnormal (nuclear) ß-catenin expression in some settings is associated with poorer outcomes. Our study aimed to verify the significance of abnormal ß-catenin expression in early-stage endometrial cancer patients and determine if adjuvant radiation therapy (RT) improves local control.We identified 213 patients with FIGO 2018 stage I-II endometrioid endometrial cancer who underwent surgery from 2009 to 2021 with ß-catenin expression assessed. Vaginal, regional, and distant recurrences were analyzed using competing risk methods, and overall survival was analyzed using Kaplan-Meier.Median follow up was 53.2 months; 6.9% experienced vaginal, 8.2% regional, and 7.4% distant recurrence. For the entire cohort, abnormal ß-catenin expression was significantly associated with vaginal recurrence and remained significant on multivariate analysis (p = 0.03). There were 114 patients in the no specific molecular profile (NSMP) subgroup, and abnormal ß-catenin expression was present in 46.5%. In the NSMP subgroup, abnormal ß-catenin expression was associated with increased rates of vaginal recurrence (p = 0.06). Abnormal ß-catenin expression in the NSMP subgroup was significant on multivariate analysis for vaginal recurrence (p = 0.04). RT significantly decreased vaginal recurrences in the entire cohort in patients with abnormal ß-catenin expression (0%) versus wild type expression (17.5%; p = 0.03). In the NSMP subgroup 0% of patients who received RT versus 20.9% of patients who did not receive RT experienced a vaginal recurrence (p = 0.03).Use of adjuvant RT for stage I-II NSMP endometrial cancer with abnormal ß-catenin expression improved local control. RT should be considered in these patients to decrease risk of vaginal recurrences.

View details for DOI 10.1016/j.ygyno.2023.04.018

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