SlideGraph+: Whole Slide Image Level Graphs to Predict HER2Status in Breast Cancer

by   Wenqi Lu, et al.
University of Warwick

Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) is an important prognostic and predictive factor which is overexpressed in 15-20 The determination of its status is a key clinical decision making step for selection of treatment regimen and prognostication. HER2 status is evaluated using transcroptomics or immunohistochemistry (IHC) through situ hybridisation (ISH) which require additional costs and tissue burden in addition to analytical variabilities in terms of manual observational biases in scoring. In this study, we propose a novel graph neural network (GNN) based model (termed SlideGraph+) to predict HER2 status directly from whole-slide images of routine Haematoxylin and Eosin (H E) slides. The network was trained and tested on slides from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) in addition to two independent test datasets. We demonstrate that the proposed model outperforms the state-of-the-art methods with area under the ROC curve (AUC) values > 0.75 on TCGA and 0.8 on independent test sets. Our experiments show that the proposed approach can be utilised for case triaging as well as pre-ordering diagnostic tests in a diagnostic setting. It can also be used for other weakly supervised prediction problems in computational pathology. The SlideGraph+ code is available at


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