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Inter-observer agreement of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes in primary HER2-positive breast cancer and correlation between tissue microarray and full tumor-sections

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Tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) have predictive and prognostic potential in HER2-positive breast cancer (HER2 + BC). Due to tumor heterogeneity, guidelines recommend evaluation on full tumor-sections over biopsies, but aren't clear regarding tissue microarrays (TMAs). Herein, we investigate the inter-observer agreement of TILs assessment in HER2 + BC on full-sections and TMAs using a standardized method. Two pathologists assessed TILs using HE full-sections and TMAs from 244 patients with HER2 + BC. TILs were assessed in 10% intervals; values <10% evaluated as 0%, 1% or 5%. Levels of agreement were evaluated using intraclass-coefficient (ICC), Kappa statistics and concordance analysis. For inter-observer agreement for full-sections, ICC was 0.93 (95% CI 0.89-0.95) and Kappa was 0.75, corresponding to acceptable and moderate agreement respectively. For TMAs, ICC was 0.73 (95% CI: 0.62-0.81) and Kappa 0.33, corresponding to unacceptable agreement. For association in matched TMA and full-sections, ICC was 0.64 (95% CI 0.55-0.71) and Lin's concordance correlation coefficient was 0.63 (95% CI 0.55-0.71), corresponding to unacceptable agreement. There is acceptable inter-observer agreement of TILs assessment on full-sections but not TMAs and discrepancy between full-sections and TMAs. TMA preparation must include consideration for representation of both entire tumor area and tumor-microenvironment to correctly define prognostic and predictive values of potential immuno-related biomarkers.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftAPMIS - Journal of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
Vol/bind130
Udgave nummer9
Sider (fra-til)545-550
Antal sider6
ISSN0903-4641
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StatusE-pub ahead of print - 31 maj 2022

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