Real-world experience with eribulin for metastatic breast cancer (MBC) in a Scottish population


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Mark Baxter1,Caroline Lowrie1,Sarah Slater1,Rosemary Stevens1,Iain Macpherson2
1Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre,2University of Glasgow



The pivotal EMBRACE study of eribulin in MBC reported a median duration of eribulin treatment of 3.9 months (m) and median overall survival (OS) of 13.1 months. In March 2016, the Scottish National Health Service approved eribulin for use in patients with MBC and progressive disease (PD) after >2 cytotoxic regimens for advanced disease. We set out to determine whether the experience in a cohort of patients in the West of Scotland was consistent with that seen in the EMBRACE trial population.  


Retrospective review of electronic prescribing records identified all patients prescribed eribulin from March 2016 to March 2018. We collected patient demographics, as well as tumour and treatment information and outcome.  


Ninety-six patients received at least one dose of eribulin. Median age was 56. 77% were oestrogen receptor positive (ER+), 11% were HER2+ and 18% were triple negative. Median number of prior cytotoxic regimens in the metastatic setting was three. Performance Status (PS) was 0/1/2/3 in 32%/44%/21%/3%. Median number of completed eribulin cycles was four. Dose reduction was required in 22%. At analysis 11 patients were still on treatment.

Median duration of eribulin treatment and median OS were 2.99m (95% CI: 2.17-3.81) and 8.84m (95% CI: 5.85-11.8) respectively. Duration of treatment in patients with PS 0 was significantly longer than PS 1 (4.37m v 2.30m, p=0.002) and PS 2 (4.37m v 1.34m, p<0.001), while ER+ was significantly longer versus ER- (3.45m v 1.38m, p=0.01). OS for PS 0 was not significantly longer than PS 1 (12.65m v 10.51m, p=0.11), but was significantly longer than for PS 2 (12.6m v 4.17m, p<0.001).


In our population, both the median duration of eribulin treatment and overall survival were less than reported in EMBRACE. This is likely due to real-world use of eribulin in patients with poorer PS.