Efficacy and Safety of Imatinib and Vinorelbine in Patients With Advanced Breast Cancer (INV181)
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years and older (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Histologically documented diagnosis of invasive breast cancer that is locally advanced or metastatic
Previous anthracycline containing chemotherapy
Presence of a certain protein on the cell surface (c-kit (CD117) and /or PDGF-receptor)
Preferably tumor samples should be taken within 6 weeks of study entry. Most recent primary tumor tissue has to be available for analysis
Acceptable health status (Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group [ECOG]-performance status 0,1, 2 or 3)
Exclusion criteria: (for the second-line therapy)
Patient with Grade III/IV cardiac problems (i.e., congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction within 6 months of study) and with severe and/or uncontrolled medical disease (i.e., uncontrolled diabetes, chronic renal disease, or active uncontrolled infection).
Patient has a known brain metastasis, chronic liver disease (i.e., chronic active hepatitis, and cirrhosis) and diagnosis of (HIV) infection.
Patient received chemotherapy within 4 weeks prior to study entry, unless the disease is rapidly progressing.
Patient previously received radiotherapy to ≥ 25 % of the bone marrow and had a major surgery within 2 weeks prior to study entry.
Patient received either Vinorelbine or Imatinib in previous treatment regimens
Other protocol-defined inclusion/exclusion criteria may apply