Fluorouracil, Epirubicin, and Cyclophosphamide (FEC) Versus FEC Plus Paclitaxel as Adjuvant Treatment for Node Positive Breast Cancer Patients
The efficacy of adjuvant chemotherapy is limited in patients with a high risk of recurrence.
Also, for axillary positive node patients, optimum chemotherapy regimens are still under discussion. Some previous studies suggest that, in the subset of node-positive patients, treatments based on sequential administration of anthracyclines and taxanes are more efficient. Paclitaxel dose-dense (weekly) administration renders an improved therapeutic index (activity/toxicity).
The study is designed to compare 6 courses of FEC scheme (600/90/600), a combination of proven efficacy in node positive breast cancer patients, versus 4 FEC courses followed by 8 weekly paclitaxel administrations (100mg/m2).
The study hypothesis is that 5-year disease-free survival in the control arm will be 60%. The investigators expect to increase this by 8% with the experimental treatment. With an alpha error of 0.05, 80% power, and a post-randomization estimated drop-out rate of 10%, 1250 patients are needed, 625 per arm.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Multicenter Randomized Phase III Clinical Trial to Compare 6 Courses of FEC (Fluorouracil, Epirubicin and Cyclophosphamide) Vs. 4 Courses of FEC Followed by 8 Weekly Paclitaxel Administrations, as Adjuvant Treatment for Node Positive Operable Breast Cancer Patients|
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00129922
|Spanish Breast Cancer Research Group (GEICAM)|
|San Sebastián de los Reyes, Madrid, Spain, 28700|
|Study Chair:||Álvaro Rodríguez-Lescure, MD||Spanish Breast Cancer Research Group (GEICAM)|
|Study Chair:||José Manuel López-Vega, MD||Spanish Breast Cancer Research Group (GEICAM)|
|Study Chair:||Enrique Aranda, MD||Spanish Breast Cancer Research Group (GEICAM)|