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Fulvestrant or Tamoxifen in Treating Postmenopausal Women Who Are Undergoing Surgery for Ductal Carcinoma in Situ of the Breast

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified July 2006 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
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First received: August 2, 2005
Last updated: November 5, 2013
Last verified: July 2006

August 2, 2005
November 5, 2013
November 2004
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Molecular markers of the estrogen pathway as measured by immunohistochemistry at 3 weeks
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Complete list of historical versions of study NCT00126464 on Archive Site
Mammographic breast density as measured by the Madena method at 3 weeks
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Fulvestrant or Tamoxifen in Treating Postmenopausal Women Who Are Undergoing Surgery for Ductal Carcinoma in Situ of the Breast
A Pilot Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Biological Activity of Fulvestrant (Faslodex) in Breast Ductal Carcinoma (DCIS)

RATIONALE: Estrogen can cause the growth of breast cancer cells. Hormone therapy using fulvestrant or tamoxifen may fight breast cancer by blocking the use of estrogen by the tumor cells. Giving fulvestrant or tamoxifen before surgery may be an effective treatment for breast cancer.

PURPOSE: This randomized clinical trial is studying how well giving fulvestrant or tamoxifen works in treating postmenopausal women who are undergoing surgery for ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast.



  • Determine, preliminarily, the efficacy of neoadjuvant fulvestrant, in terms of molecular changes in markers of the estrogen pathway, cell proliferation and apoptosis, and the epidermal growth factor pathway, in postmenopausal women with newly diagnosed ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast.


  • Determine the toxicity profile of fulvestrant in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, placebo-controlled, pilot, multicenter study. Patients are randomized to 1 of 4 treatment arms.

  • Arm I: Patients receive oral placebo once daily on days 1-21.
  • Arm II: Patients receive oral tamoxifen once daily on days 1-21.
  • Arm III: Patients receive fulvestrant intramuscularly (IM) on day 1.
  • Arm IV: Patients receive fulvestrant IM as in arm III but at a higher dose. In all arms, treatment continues in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. All patients undergo surgical resection of the tumor on approximately day 21.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 100 patients (25 per treatment arm) will be accrued for this study.

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Allocation: Randomized
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Breast Cancer
  • Drug: fulvestrant
  • Drug: tamoxifen citrate
  • Procedure: conventional surgery
  • Procedure: neoadjuvant therapy
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  • Histologically confirmed ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) of the breast

    • T0 disease
    • Newly diagnosed disease by minimally invasive biopsy (e.g., a vacuum-assisted large core tool [mammotome] or an equivalent method)
  • Biopsy tissue available for molecular marker analysis
  • Baseline mammography performed within the past 8 weeks
  • Hormone receptor status:

    • Not specified



  • Postmenopausal


  • Female

Menopausal status

  • Postmenopausal, as defined by 1 of the following:

    • Age ≥ 60
    • Age ≥ 45 AND amenorrheic for > 1 year with uterus intact
    • Underwent bilateral oophorectomy
    • Follicle-stimulating hormone and estradiol levels in postmenopausal range

Performance status

  • SWOG 0-1

Life expectancy

  • Not specified


  • Absolute granulocyte count ≥ 1,500/mm^3
  • Platelet count ≥ 100,000/mm^3
  • Hemoglobin ≥ 8.0 g/dL


  • SGOT and/or SGPT ≤ 2.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • Alkaline phosphatase ≤ 2.5 times ULN
  • Bilirubin ≤ 2.0 times ULN


  • Creatinine ≤ 2.0 mg/dL


  • No history of deep vein thrombosis


  • No history of pulmonary embolism


  • Negative pregnancy test (if clinically indicated)
  • No peripheral neuropathy > grade 1
  • No underlying medical, psychiatric, or social condition that would preclude study participation


Biologic therapy

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Endocrine therapy

  • More than 6 months since prior hormonal therapy, including any of the following:

    • Antiestrogens
    • Estrogen
    • Selective estrogen-receptor modulators
    • Progestins
    • Aromatase inhibitors


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  • No prior therapy for DCIS
Sexes Eligible for Study: Female
Child, Adult, Senior
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
United States
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Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
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Study Chair: Agustin Garcia, MD Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
July 2006

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