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Doxorubicin and Paclitaxel in Treating Women With Locally Advanced Breast Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Georgetown University Identifier:
First received: November 1, 1999
Last updated: March 22, 2011
Last verified: December 2006

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining more than one drug and giving the drugs in different ways may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Randomized phase II trial to compare the effectiveness of doxorubicin with paclitaxel in treating women who have locally advanced breast cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Breast Cancer
Biological: filgrastim
Drug: doxorubicin hydrochloride
Drug: paclitaxel
Drug: tamoxifen citrate
Procedure: surgical procedure
Radiation: radiation therapy
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Pilot Trial Comparing Doxorubicin and Paclitaxel Induced Apoptosis in Locally Advanced Breast Cancer

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Further study details as provided by Georgetown University:

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: March 1997
Study Completion Date: June 2001
Primary Completion Date: June 2001 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Assess the feasibility of obtaining serial biopsies in patients receiving neoadjuvant chemotherapy for locally advanced breast cancer. II. Assess the feasibility of performing assays of apoptosis and of markers that predict response on specimens obtained in these patients. III. Correlate the results of the assays with clinical and pathologic response rates. IV. Establish a baseline of change in apoptosis rates for future studies. V. Obtain serial blood samples and tumor tissue for future biological studies.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized study. Patients are stratified by pre or postmenopausal state and T3 or T4 lesions. Arm I: Patients receive single agent doxorubicin by bolus infusion on day 1. Dose repeats every 14 days for a total of four courses, provided absolute neutrophil count (ANC) and platelet count remain in the appropriate range. Patients then receive paclitaxel IV administered over 3 hours once every 14 days for a total of four courses, provided ANC and platelet count remain in the appropriate range. Filgrastim (G-CSF) subcutaneous treatment is started on day 3 of each course, and continued for 7 days, or until ANC is greater than 10,000/mm3. Patients undergo serial core-needle breast biopsies or fine needle aspirations prior to starting therapy and on day one of each course. Arm II: Patients receive four courses of paclitaxel given once every 14 days. Patients then receive four courses of doxorubicin given on day 1 every 14 days, provided ANC and platelet count are in the appropriate range. G-CSF subcutaneous treatment is started on day 3 of each course, as in Arm I. Patients undergo serial core-needle breast biopsies or fine needle aspirations prior to starting and on day one of each course. Arm I and II: Upon completion of eight courses of chemotherapy, patients undergo a surgical procedure to evaluate the extent of residual disease and number of lymph nodes involved, and to achieve local control. Following surgery, patients receive additional treatment at the discretion of the treating oncologist. Eligible patients undergo further high dose chemotherapy with peripheral blood stem cell rescue; other patients receive cyclophosphamide therapy. Patients receiving lumpectomies receive breast irradiation. Patients receiving mastectomies might receive chest wall irradiation. Following radiotherapy, hormone receptor positive patients may start tamoxifen therapy for 5 years.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: An estimated 40 patients (20 per treatment arm) will be accrued for this study.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically proven locally advanced breast cancer Unresected T3 or T4 lesion, OR Unresected T2 lesion if patient considered appropriate candidate for neoadjuvant chemotherapy to enhance breast conservation Hormone receptor status: Not specified

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over Sex: Female Menopausal status: Not specified Performance status: ECOG 0-2 Hematopoietic: WBC at least 3,500/mm3 Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3 Hepatic: Bilirubin no greater than 1.5 times normal Renal: Creatinine no greater than 1.5 times normal Cardiovascular: LVEF at least 50% (baseline MUGA) No history of uncontrolled congestive heart failure At least 6 months since prior myocardial infarction No unstable angina No uncontrolled hypertension Neurologic: No peripheral neuropathy Other: Not pregnant or nursing No psychosis

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Not specified Chemotherapy: No prior cytotoxic therapy Endocrine therapy: No prior hormonal therapy for breast cancer Prior estrogen replacement therapy allowed No concurrent steroid therapy Radiotherapy: Not specified Surgery: See Disease Characteristics Other: No concurrent treatment for serious infection (bacterial, viral, or fungal)

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00003035

United States, District of Columbia
Lombardi Cancer Center
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20007
Sponsors and Collaborators
Georgetown University
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Vered Stearns, MD University of Michigan Cancer Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Claudine Isaacs, MD, Georgetown University Identifier: NCT00003035     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000065642
P30CA051008 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: November 1, 1999
Last Updated: March 22, 2011

Keywords provided by Georgetown University:
stage IIIA breast cancer
stage IIIB breast cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases
Liposomal doxorubicin
Albumin-Bound Paclitaxel
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Antineoplastic Agents
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
Mitosis Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antibiotics, Antineoplastic
Topoisomerase II Inhibitors
Topoisomerase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Estrogen Antagonists
Hormone Antagonists
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal
Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators
Estrogen Receptor Modulators
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