HLA antigen as predictive index for the outcome of breast cancer patients with adjuvant immunochemotherapy with PSK

Anticancer Res. 1997 Jul-Aug;17(4A):2815-8.


We demonstrated that the prognosis of breast cancer patients who received adjuvant immunochemotherapy with Krestin (PSK) showed a tendency to be better than that of breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy only. We retrospectively investigated the usefulness of HLA typing for selecting patients to receive adjuvant immuno-chemotherapy with PSK. One hundred and thirty-four patients with operable breast cancer were typed as HLA-A, -B, -C by a lymphocytotoxicity test. Patients without vascular invasion had no adjuvant therapy (NA group). Patients with vascular invasion in the tumor and/or in the metastatic lymph node were randomized into two groups. In group 1 (FEMP only), a combination chemotherapy of 100 mg of 5-fluorouracil (F), 50 mg of cyclophosphamide (E), 2 mg of mitomycin C (M), and 5 mg of predonisolone (P) was orally administered daily for 28 days (one course). In group 2 (FEMP+PSK), FEMP and 3.0 g of PSK were orally administered for 28 days (one course). Two courses a year of these agents were given for five years in both groups. Each group (NA, FEMP, FEMP+PSK) was stratified by the presence of HLA B40 type (B40(+)) or not (B40(-)). Five- and 10-year disease-free survival (DFS) rates (93%, 80%, respectively) of patients with B40(+) seemed to be better than those (83% and 51%) of patients with B40(-). In the NA group, 5- and 10-year DFS were 100% and 71% in patients with B40(+), 92% and 76% in those with B40(-), respectively. In the FEMP group (chemotherapy only), 5- and 10-year DFS of patients with B40(+) were both 84%. These were not statistically significant compared with those (82% and 33%) of patients with B40(-). On the other hand, in the FEMP+PSK group, 5- and 10-year DFS of patients with B40(+) were both 100%, and those of patients with B40(-) were 76% and 55%, respectively. DFS of patients with B40(+) was significantly better than that of patients with B40(-). It is concluded that HLA typing may be a predictive index in determining the use of immunochemotherapy combined with PSK for patients with operable breast cancer.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adjuvants, Immunologic / therapeutic use*
  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Breast Neoplasms / immunology*
  • Breast Neoplasms / therapy
  • Disease-Free Survival
  • Female
  • HLA Antigens / analysis*
  • Humans
  • Immunotherapy / methods
  • Middle Aged
  • Prognosis
  • Proteoglycans / therapeutic use*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Survival Analysis


  • Adjuvants, Immunologic
  • HLA Antigens
  • Proteoglycans
  • polysaccharide-K