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Radiation Therapy Plus Paclitaxel in Treating Patients With Stage IIB or Stage III Breast Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Southern California Identifier:
First received: November 1, 1999
Last updated: May 20, 2014
Last verified: May 2014

RATIONALE: Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to damage tumor cells. Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining chemotherapy with radiation therapy may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of radiation therapy plus paclitaxel in treating patients with stage IIB or stage III breast cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Breast Cancer Drug: cyclophosphamide 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: Weekly Paclitaxel During Radiation Therapy for Locally Advanced Breat Cancer

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Further study details as provided by University of Southern California:

Enrollment: 46
Study Start Date: April 1997
Study Completion Date: March 2000
Primary Completion Date: March 2000 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Evaluate the safety and feasibility of twice a week paclitaxel and radiation therapy in patients with locally advanced breast cancer. II. Determine the pathological effects of paclitaxel and radiation in locally advanced breast cancer.

OUTLINE: This is a nonrandomized, dual institution study. Patients receive paclitaxel IV over 1 hour twice a week for a total of 8 weeks. This is started within 1 week of a tumor biopsy. Patients receive radiotherapy 5 days/week for 5.0 weeks within 1 week of the first paclitaxel dose. Operable patients who have progressive disease with the above therapy undergo a modified radical mastectomy (MRM), then receive 4 courses of doxorubicin IV and cyclophosphamide IV, administered once every 21 days. Inoperable patients receive this same chemotherapy regimen, then are reevaluated for surgery. Patients who have stable disease or who respond to the paclitaxel/radiation regimen undergo a MRM, then receive 4 courses of doxorubicin IV and paclitaxel IV (over 3 hours) once every 21 days. All patients with hormone receptor positive tumors receive tamoxifen for 5 years after all other therapy is completed.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 40 patients (20 patients per institution) will be accrued over 18- 24 months.


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

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically proven, untreated, locally advanced breast cancer; stage IIB (T3 N0), IIIA, or IIIB Measurable disease Not inflammatory breast cancer or other stage IIB (T2 N1) No distant metastases except for positive ipsilateral supraclavicular nodes

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: Over 18 Performance status: ECOG 0-1 Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: Not specified Hepatic: Not specified Renal: Not specified Other: Not pregnant Fertile patients must use effective contraception during and 6 months after treatment Medically and psychologically stable

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: No prior therapy of any type

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00003050

United States, California
USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90033-0800
United States, Florida
Mayo Clinic Jacksonville
Jacksonville, Florida, United States, 32224
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Southern California
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Darcy V. Spicer, MD University of Southern California
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of Southern California Identifier: NCT00003050     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000065692 (1B-97-2)
Study First Received: November 1, 1999
Last Updated: May 20, 2014

Keywords provided by University of Southern California:
stage II breast cancer
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
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antirheumatic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
Alkylating Agents
Myeloablative Agonists
Antibiotics, Antineoplastic
Topoisomerase II Inhibitors
Topoisomerase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Estrogen Antagonists
Hormone Antagonists processed this record on August 22, 2017