J Breast Cancer.  2020 Aug;23(4):398-409. 10.4048/jbc.2020.23.e44.

Hyperglycemia during Adjuvant Chemotherapy as a Prognostic Factor in Breast Cancer Patients without Diabetes

  • 1Department of Surgery, Research Institute of Clinical Medicine, Jeonbuk National University Hospital, Jeonbuk National University and Biomedical Research Institute, Jeonju, Korea


Breast cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, administered in combination with glucocorticoids can induce hyperglycemia. This study aimed to investigate the effect of hyperglycemia during adjuvant chemotherapy on the prognosis of breast cancer patients without a known history of diabetes.
In this study, 936 patients who underwent breast cancer surgery from 2010 to 2015 were initially selected as participants. Chemotherapy-related hyperglycemia was defined as fasting plasma glucose levels ≥ 100 mg/dL or random blood glucose levels ≥ 140 mg/dL during 2 or more cycles of adjuvant chemotherapy. After dividing the patients into the euglycemia and hyperglycemia groups, univariate and multivariate analyses were performed, and survival outcomes were analyzed by propensity score matching.
The mean age of the patients was 47.4 ± 7.7 years, and the median follow-up period was 70.1 months. Eighty-two patients (19.4%) were diagnosed as having hyperglycemia. There were significant differences between the euglycemia and hyperglycemia groups with respect to age, hypertension, body mass index, axillary surgery extents, nodal stage, and total steroid dosage. T stage, vascular invasion, and hyperglycemia were identified as prognostic factors of relapse-free survival (RFS). The 5-year RFS rates were 92.0% and 82.3% in the euglycemia and hyperglycemia groups, respectively, and there was a statistically significant difference between the 2 groups (p = 0.011). The 5-year overall survival rates were 94.6% and 92.0% in the euglycemia and hyperglycemia groups, respectively, showing no statistically significant difference between the 2 groups (p = 0.113).
These data suggest that hyperglycemia during adjuvant chemotherapy is a prognostic factor for RFS in breast cancer patients without diabetes.


Breast neoplasms; Chemotherapy; adjuvant; Hyperglycemia; Prognosis; Survival
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