Adjuvant Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy for Patients With Breast Phyllodes Tumors: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

BMC Cancer. 2019 Apr 23;19(1):372. doi: 10.1186/s12885-019-5585-5.


Background: As the efficacy of radiotherapy and chemotherapy for treatment of phyllodes tumors (PTs) remains unclear, this study aimed to review all available data and evaluate the roles of radiotherapy and chemotherapy in PT treatment.

Methods: We performed a comprehensive search of databases, including PubMed, Web of Science and the Cochrane Library. The outcomes of interest included the local recurrence (LR) rate, metastasis rate, disease-free survival rate and overall survival rate.

Results: Seventeen studies enrolling 696 patients were included in this random effect meta-analysis. Subgroup analysis and meta-regression were also conducted to determine study heterogeneity. A pooled local recurrence rate of 8% (95% CI: 1-22%) was observed with a statistical heterogeneity of I2 = 86.6% (p < 0.01) for radiotherapy. This was lower than the recurrence rate of 12% for simple surgical treatment (95% CI: 7-18%). Meta-regression analysis found that surgical margin status was the main source of heterogeneity (p = 0.04). The metastasis rate of 4% (95% CI: 0-11%) for patients receiving radiotherapy without significant heterogeneity was also lower than the rate for the simple surgery group (8, 95% CI: 3-15%). The available data for chemotherapy were too limited to support meta-analysis. Accordingly, we offer a pure review of these data.

Conclusion: Our findings suggest that radiotherapy is effective in achieving local disease control and preventing metastasis.

Keywords: Chemotherapy; Meta-analysis; Phyllodes tumors; Radiotherapy.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Breast Neoplasms / mortality*
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology
  • Breast Neoplasms / therapy
  • Chemotherapy, Adjuvant / mortality*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / mortality*
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / pathology
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / therapy
  • Phyllodes Tumor / mortality*
  • Phyllodes Tumor / pathology
  • Phyllodes Tumor / therapy
  • Prognosis
  • Radiotherapy, Adjuvant / mortality*
  • Survival Rate