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ABSTRACT: we previously reported a phase I trial of liposome-encapsulated doxorubicin citrate (LD), docetaxel and trastuzumab as neoadjuvant in stages II and IIIA human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-overexpressing breast cancer patients. This study evaluates the efficacy of this regimen in a phase II trial.
patients were treated with LD 50 mg/m(2) and docetaxel 60 mg/m(2) every 21days associated with standard trastuzumab dose and pegfilgrastim support.
fifty-nine patients were enrolled; median age: 48 years (range 24-71 years); premenopausal patients: 36 (61%); 19 patients (32%) presented stage IIIA disease and 40 patients (67%) stage II; histological grades 2-3 tumors: 50 patients (84%) and estrogen receptor-progesterone receptor negative: 28 patients (47%). In all, 27% achieved a pathological complete response in breast and axilla (grade 5-Miller and Payne classification); 15% of patients achieved grade 4. Clinical and radiological response rates were 86% and 81%, respectively. Forty-two patients (71%) underwent breast-conserving surgery. The main grades 3-4 toxic effects were non-febrile neutropenia (29%) and fatigue (8%). Grade 2 left ventricular ejection fraction decline was observed in nine patients. No congestive heart failure was observed.
LD plus docetaxel combination associated with trastuzumab as neoadjuvant is active in breast cancer and entails a favorable cardiotoxicity profile. This regimen is a new treatment option in these patients.
Annals of Oncology 01/2011; 22(1):74-9. · 6.58 Impact Factor