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ELDA: Elderly Breast Cancer - Docetaxel in Adjuvant Treatment

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Cancer Institute, Naples Identifier:
First received: May 26, 2006
Last updated: March 27, 2017
Last verified: March 2017
The purpose of this study is to compare disease free survival of elderly breast cancer patients treated with standard adjuvant chemotherapy (CMF) versus experimental adjuvant chemotherapy (weekly docetaxel).

Condition Intervention Phase
Breast Cancer Drug: docetaxel Drug: cyclophosphamide Drug: methotrexate Drug: 5-fluorouracil Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: No masking
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Adjuvant Chemotherapy in Elderly Patients With Breast Cancer: Weekly Docetaxel vs. CMF

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Further study details as provided by National Cancer Institute, Naples:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • disease free survival [ Time Frame: at 5 years ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • toxicity [ Time Frame: weekly ]
  • compliance [ Time Frame: every 3 weeks ]
  • quality of life [ Time Frame: baseline and every 3 weeks during therapy ]
  • overall survival [ Time Frame: at 5 years ]

Enrollment: 300
Study Start Date: July 2003
Study Completion Date: November 2014
Primary Completion Date: May 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: A
Standard chemotherapy with CMF
Drug: cyclophosphamide
600 mg/m2 intravenously days 1, 8 every 28 days
Drug: methotrexate
40 mg/m2 intravenously days 1 and 8 every 28 days
Drug: 5-fluorouracil
600 mg/m2 intravenously days 1 and 8 every 28 days
Experimental: B
Weekly docetaxel
Drug: docetaxel
35 mg/m2 intravenously on days 1, 8, and 15 every 28 days

Detailed Description:

Adjuvant combination chemotherapy, given after breast cancer surgery, has been established as the standard approach to reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence in those patients at intermediate or high risk for recurrence. However, since elderly patients have been underrepresented in past clinical trials, the optimal adjuvant therapy for elderly patients at risk for recurrence has not yet been defined.

Docetaxel is one of the most active drugs for patients with metastatic breast cancer and several trials are evaluating its efficacy in the adjuvant setting. Administration of docetaxel on a weekly schedule is effective and well tolerated in women with metastatic breast cancer.

In this study, patients from ages 65 to 80 will be randomized to one of two treatment strategies:

  • standard adjuvant chemotherapy with CMF (cyclophosphamide, methotrexate, and 5-fluorouracil given intravenously on days 1 and 8 of each cycle)
  • experimental adjuvant chemotherapy with weekly docetaxel (given intravenously on days 1,8, and 15 of each cycle)

In both treatment strategies:

  • 4 cycles of chemotherapy will administered for patients at least 10% positive for ER or PgR, and 6 cycles will administered for patients expressing < 10% ER or PgR
  • patients with any positive expression of ER or PgR will receive adjuvant hormonal therapy with tamoxifen (20mg/day for 5 years) after concluding chemotherapy
  • adjuvant radiation therapy will be given to patients who are candidates at the conclusion of chemotherapy and within 6 months of surgery.

Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Histologically confirmed invasive unilateral breast cancer
  • Age > 65 and < 80 years
  • Intermediate-high risk of recurrence according to St. Gallen criteria: ER negative and PgR negative, or axillary lymph node metastasis, or tumor size > 2 cm, or tumor grade 2 or 3 (intermediate or high)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Performance status >1
  • Distant metastasis
  • Concomitant malignancy or malignancy within previous 5 years (except basal cell or spinocellular skin cancer and in situ cervical cancer if they have been adequately treated
  • Previous breast cancer treatment
  • Neutrophils < 2000/mm3 or platelets < 100000/mm3 or haemoglobin < 10 g/dl
  • Creatinine > 1.25 the upper normal limit
  • GOT and-or GPT and/or bilirubin > 1.25 the upper normal limit
  • Concomitant conditions that contraindicate the use of the drugs in the protocol
  • Incapacity or refusal to provide informed consent
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00331097

Azienda Sanitaria S. Giuseppe Moscati
Monteforte Irpino, AV, Italy
Azienda Ospedaliera G. Rummo
Benevento, BN, Italy
Policlinico Monteluce
Sant'Andrea delle Frate, PG, Italy
Azienda Ospedaliera Cardarelli
Napoli, Italy, 80131
Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Divisione di Oncologia Medica C
Napoli, Italy, 80131
Università Federico II, Cattedra di Oncologia Medica
Napoli, Italy
Az. Osp. Treviglio - Caravaggio
Treviglio, Italy
Ospedale S. Luca ASL SA 3
Vallo della Lucania, Italy
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Cancer Institute, Naples
Principal Investigator: Andrea De Matteis, M.D. NCI Naples, Division of Medical Oncology C
Principal Investigator: Giuseppe D'Aiuto, M.D. NCI Naples, Division of Surgical Oncology A
Principal Investigator: Francesco Perrone, M.D., Ph.D. NCI Naples, Clinical Trials Unit
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: National Cancer Institute, Naples Identifier: NCT00331097     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ELDA
Study First Received: May 26, 2006
Last Updated: March 27, 2017

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute, Naples:
adjuvant therapy
intermediate risk
high risk

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases
Abortifacient Agents, Nonsteroidal
Abortifacient Agents
Reproductive Control Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Dermatologic Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Folic Acid Antagonists
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Antirheumatic Agents
Nucleic Acid Synthesis Inhibitors
Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
Alkylating Agents
Myeloablative Agonists
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
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