Doxorubicin or Epirubicin and Cyclophosphamide in Treating Older Women With Invasive Breast Cancer
RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as doxorubicin, epirubicin, and cyclophosphamide, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Giving combination chemotherapy after surgery may kill any tumor cells that remain after surgery. Sometimes, after surgery, the tumor may not need more treatment until it progresses. In this case, observation may be sufficient. It is not yet known whether giving doxorubicin or epirubicin together with cyclophosphamide is more effective than observation in treating older women with invasive breast cancer.
PURPOSE: This randomized phase III trial is studying doxorubicin or epirubicin and cyclophosphamide to see how well they work compared with observation in treating older women with invasive breast cancer.
Drug: doxorubicin hydrochloride
Drug: epirubicin hydrochloride
Genetic: proteomic profiling
Other: diagnostic laboratory biomarker analysis
Other: matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight mass spectrometry
Other: pharmacological study
Other: surface-enhanced laser desorption/ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry
Procedure: adjuvant therapy
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Adjuvant Cytotoxic Chemotherapy In Older Women|
- Relapse-free interval
- Physical, functional, and breast cancer concerns as measured by the Trial Outcome Index (TOI)
- Total FACT-AN score
- Total FACT-F score
- Disease-free survival
- Overall survival
- Cause-specific survival
- Distant disease-free survival
- Safety and tolerability (overall and for each treatment schedule)
- Treatment compliance (overall and for each treatment schedule)
- Quality of life
- Total FACT-B score
- Individual subscales on activities of daily living
|Study Start Date:||January 2007|
- To provide evidence for extending the current standard care in older women with invasive breast carcinoma treated with adjuvant chemotherapy comprising doxorubicin hydrochloride or epirubicin hydrochloride and cyclophosphamide.
- Compare the relapse-free survival interval of these patients treated with adjuvant chemotherapy vs no adjuvant chemotherapy.
- Compare the toxicity of accelerated adjuvant chemotherapy with pegfilgrastim support vs non-accelerated adjuvant chemotherapy.
OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to participating center and indication for endocrine therapy (yes vs no). Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 arms.
- Arm I (observation): Patients do not receive adjuvant chemotherapy.
Arm II (adjuvant chemotherapy): Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 chemotherapy regimens.
- Accelerated adjuvant chemotherapy: Patients receive doxorubicin hydrochloride and cyclophosphamide (AC) OR epirubicin hydrochloride and cyclophosphamide (EC) on day 1 and pegfilgrastim on day 2. Treatment repeats every 2 weeks for 4 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.
- Non-accelerated adjuvant chemotherapy: Patients receive AC or EC on day 1. Treatment repeats every 3 weeks for 4 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.
Patients undergo tumor tissue and blood sample collection for biological, pharmacological, and proteomic studies. Samples are initially used to establish a resource of materials available for different research groups. Samples are also analyzed using SELDI or MALDI-ToF technology to identify biological profiles that correlate with prognosis or predict response to treatment.
Quality of life is assessed at baseline, 6 weeks, 1 month, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 18 months, and 24 months.
After completion of study treatment, patients are followed every 6 months for 2 years and then annually thereafter.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00516425
|Charing Cross Hospital||Recruiting|
|London, England, United Kingdom, W6 8RF|
|Contact: Robert C.F. Leonard, MD, BS, MB 44-208-846-7237|
|Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust||Recruiting|
|Westcliff-On-Sea, England, United Kingdom, SS0 0RY|
|Contact: Anne Robinson, MD 44-1702-221-226|
|Principal Investigator:||Robert C.F. Leonard, MD, BS, MB||Charing Cross Hospital|