Adjuvant Taxanes in the Treatment of Breast Cancer: No Longer at the Tip of the Iceberg

Department of Medicine, Breast Cancer Medicine Service Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 10021, USA.
Clinical Breast Cancer (Impact Factor: 2.11). 05/2006; 7(1):51-8. DOI: 10.3816/CBC.2006.n.013
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Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related mortality, and a cure is desperately needed. Adjuvant chemotherapy with anthracycline-based regimens has been proven to decrease the risk of relapse and cancer-related mortality in women with early-stage breast cancer. The taxanes (paclitaxel and docetaxel) have been incorporated into several adjuvant chemotherapy regimens in recent studies. Some of these trials are now mature and have demonstrated a definitive benefit with the use of taxanes. Thus, taxanes should be incorporated into the adjuvant treatment of breast cancer. To date, the available data do not allow one to select a single best taxane, schedule, or overall regimen.

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    • "Over the last three decades, adjuvant systemic chemotherapy for early breast cancer has delivered steadily improving outcomes, as a result of the introduction of new cytotoxic agents such as anthracyclines and taxanes, the optimisation of standard regimens administration, and more recently, better patient selection using elaborate prognostic algorithms (Dang and Hudis, 2006; Levine and Whelan, 2006). Polychemotherapy regimens based on an anthracycline and taxane backbone have emerged as the international standard in high-risk breast cancer including node positive (pN þ ) cases (Goldhirsch et al, 2009). "
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    • "Taxol and its derivatives, such as docetaxel, are used in breast cancer chemotherapy [1]. The classically accepted mechanism of action is the stabilization of the mitotic spindle, leading to an inhibition of cell proliferation. "
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