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A Clinical–Radiomics Model for Predicting Axillary Pathologic Complete Response in Breast Cancer With Axillary Lymph Node Metastases

Authors
  • Gan, Liangyu1
  • Ma, Mingming2
  • Liu, Yinhua1
  • Liu, Qian1
  • Xin, Ling1
  • Cheng, Yuanjia1
  • Xu, Ling1
  • Qin, Naishan2
  • Jiang, Yuan2
  • Zhang, Xiaodong2
  • Wang, Xiaoying2
  • Ye, Jingming1
  • 1 Breast Disease Center, Peking University First Hospital, Beijing , (China)
  • 2 Department of Radiology, Peking University First Hospital, Beijing , (China)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Frontiers in Oncology
Publisher
Frontiers Media SA
Publication Date
Dec 21, 2021
Volume
11
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3389/fonc.2021.786346
Source
Frontiers
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Oncology
  • Original Research
License
Green

Abstract

Purpose To develop a clinical–radiomics model based on radiomics features extracted from MRI and clinicopathologic factors for predicting the axillary pathologic complete response (apCR) in breast cancer (BC) patients with axillary lymph node (ALN) metastases. Materials and Methods The MR images and clinicopathologic data of 248 eligible invasive BC patients at the Peking University First Hospital from January 2013 to December 2020 were included in this study. All patients received neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC), and the presence of ALN metastases was confirmed through cytology pre-NAC. The data from January 2013 to December 2018 were randomly divided into the training and validation sets in a ratio of 7:3, and the data from January 2019 to December 2020 served as the independent testing set. The following three types of prediction models were investigated in this study. 1) A clinical model: the model was built by independently predicting clinicopathologic factors through logistic regression. 2) Radiomics models: we used an automatic segmentation model based on deep learning to segment the axillary areas, visible ALNs, and breast tumors on post-NAC dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI. Radiomics features were then extracted from the region of interest (ROI). Radiomics models were built based on different ROIs or their combination. 3) A clinical–radiomics model: it was built by integrating radiomics signature and independent predictive clinical factors by logistic regression. All models were assessed using a receiver operating characteristic curve analysis and by calculating the area under the curve (AUC). Results The clinical model yielded AUC values of 0.759, 0.787, and 0.771 in the training, validation, and testing sets, respectively. The radiomics model based on the combination of MRI features of breast tumors and visible ALNs yielded the best AUC values of 0.894, 0.811, and 0.806 in the training, validation, and testing sets, respectively. The clinical–radiomics model yielded AUC values of 0.924, 0.851, and 0.878 in the training, validation, and testing sets, respectively, for predicting apCR. Conclusion We developed a clinical–radiomics model by integrating radiomics signature and clinical factors to predict apCR in BC patients with ALN metastases post-NAC. It may help the clinicians to screen out apCR patients to avoid lymph node dissection.

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