The fundamental imperative of adjuvant treatment of early breast cancer is to improve long-term survival and minimize toxicity. The inclusion of docetaxel in adjuvant chemotherapy regimens has improved patient survival in comparison to anthracycline-containing regimens, even if the incidence of acute side effects has increased in some studies. However, late or persistent toxic effects are becoming more important due to an increasing proportion of patients remaining disease free after treatment for early breast cancer. Several studies have recently reported that docetaxel-containing regimens without anthracyclines are equally active, and have no apparent cardiotoxicity. At present, docetaxel-based combinations represent an appropriate choice in the adjuvant treatment of HER2-negative breast cancer, and several studies are ongoing aiming at a better evaluation of the efficacy of this agent in order to optimize its role.
|Translated title of the contribution||Optimal role of docetaxel in adjuvant chemotherapy for early stage HER2-negative breast cancer|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2008|
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