Chemotherapy with vinorelbine, cisplatin and continuous infusion of 5-fluorouracil in locally advanced breast cancer: A promising low-toxic regimen

L. Orlando, M. Colleoni, G. Curigliano, F. Nolè, G. Ferretti, G. Masci, G. Peruzzotti, I. Minchella, M. Intra, P. Veronesi, G. Viale, A. Goldhirsch

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Primary chemotherapy for locally advanced breast cancer, usually an anthracycline-containing regimen, improves local disease control allowing for an initially inoperable tumour to be resected. The feasibility and efficacy of a regimen containing vinorelbine (V), cisplatin (P) and 5-fluorouracil (5-Fu) as continuous infusion (ViFuP regimen) for patients with locally advanced breast cancer were evaluated. Twenty-six patients with a T4 breast cancer presentation (eight also had synchronous distant metastases) were treated with V (20 mg total dose i.v. on day 1 and day 3), P (60mg/m2 i.v. on day 1) and 5-Fu (200mg/m2/d as continuous infusion) all given every 3 weeks for a maximum of 6 courses. Eleven patients had an inflammatory breast lesion, 4 had a T4a and 11 a T4b presentation. Among those with metastases, 6 had one site and 2 had two sites of disease. After chemotherapy all tumors except one became operable. Objective response was observed in 19 out of the 26 evaluable patients (73%; 95% CI: 52 - 88%): fourteen had a partial response (54%); 5 had a clinically complete response (19%) and 5 had complete pathological response (20%; 95% CI: 7-41%). Seven patients had stable disease (27%) while no disease progression under treatment occurred. Mild or moderate side-effects included neutropenia (G1-G2 in 58% and G3 in 31% of patients), anemia (G1 in 19%), nausea and/or vomiting (G1-G2 in 92% of patients), mucositis (G1-G2 in 23%), diarrhea (G1 in 19%), plantar-palmar erythema (G1 in 12%) and alopecia G1 in 27% of patients. We conclude that the ViFuP regimen is well-tolerated and its use results in a high response rate. Thus ViFuP may be considered a relevant alternative to more toxic regimens, with an acceptable response rate. Despite the lack of a formal demonstration of equal efficacy with more toxic regimens commonly applied in locally advanced breast cancer, testing new modalities or drugs might provide a more fruitful strategy for relevant therapeutic progress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4135-4139
Number of pages5
JournalAnticancer Research
Issue number6 A
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • 5-fluorouracil
  • Breast cancer
  • Chemotherapy
  • Cisplatin
  • Vinorelbine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology


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