Chemotherapy-related amenorrhea (CRA) after adjuvant ado-trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1) compared to paclitaxel in combination with trastuzumab (TH) (TBCRC033: ATEMPT Trial)

Kathryn J. Ruddy, Yue Zheng, Nabihah Tayob, Jiani Hu, Chau T. Dang, Denise A. Yardley, Steven J. Isakoff, Vicente V. Valero, Meredith G. Faggen, Therese M. Mulvey, Ron Bose, Tal Sella, Douglas J. Weckstein, Antonio C. Wolff, Katherine E. Reeder-Hayes, Hope S. Rugo, Bhuvaneswari Ramaswamy, Dan S. Zuckerman, Lowell L. Hart, Vijayakrishna K. GadiMichael Constantine, Kit L. Cheng, Frederick M. Briccetti, Bryan P. Schneider, A. Merrill Garrett, P. Kelly Marcom, Kathy S. Albain, Patricia A. DeFusco, Nadine M. Tung, Blair M. Ardman, Rita Nanda, Rachel C. Jankowitz, Mothaffar Rimawi, Vandana Abramson, Paula R. Pohlmann, Catherine Van Poznak, Andres Forero-Torres, Minetta C. Liu, Shoshana Rosenberg, Michelle K. DeMeo, Harold J. Burstein, Eric P. Winer, Ian E. Krop, Ann H. Partridge, Sara M. Tolaney

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Purpose: Chemotherapy-related amenorrhea (CRA) is a surrogate for ovarian toxicity and associated risk of infertility and premature menopause. Here, we compare CRA rate with paclitaxel (T)-trastuzumab (H) to that with ado-trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1). Methods: Patients with T1N0 HER2 + early-stage breast cancer (eBC) enrolled on the ATEMPT trial and were randomized 3:1 to T-DM1 3.6 mg/kg IV every (q) 3 weeks (w) × 17 vs. T 80 mg/m2 with H IV qw × 12 (4 mg/kg load → 2 mg/kg), followed by H (6 mg/kg IV q3w × 13). Enrollees who self-reported as premenopausal were asked to complete menstrual surveys at baseline and every 6–12 months for 60 months. 18-month CRA (no periods reported during prior 6 months on 18-month survey) was the primary endpoint of this analysis. Results: Of 512 ATEMPT enrollees, 123 who began protocol therapy and answered baseline and at least one follow-up menstrual survey were premenopausal at enrollment. 76 had menstrual data available at 18 months without having received a gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist or undergone hysterectomy and/or oophorectomy. Median age was 45 (range 23–53) among 18 who had received TH and 46 (range 34–54) among 58 who had received T-DM1. The 18-month rate of CRA was 50% after TH and 24% after T-DM1 (p = 0.045). Conclusion: Amenorrhea at 18 months was less likely in recipients of adjuvant T-DM1 than TH. Future studies are needed to understand how T-DM1 impacts risk of infertility and permanent menopause, and to assess amenorrhea rates when T-DM1 is administered after standard HER2-directed chemotherapy regimens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-110
Number of pages8
JournalBreast Cancer Research and Treatment
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 2021


  • Breast cancer
  • Chemotherapy
  • Fertility
  • Premenopausal


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