Phase II study with epirubicin, cisplatin, and infusional fluorouracil followed by weekly paclitaxel with metronomic cyclophosphamide as a preoperative treatment of triple-negative breast cancer

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Background The aggressive biological behavior and the lack of target therapy prompts the search for new therapeutic approaches for triple-negative breast cancers. Patients and Methods We evaluated the efficacy in terms of Ki-67 variation and clinical response but also the toxicity of a neoadjuvant regimen based on metronomic principles including ECF (epidoxorubicin with cisplatin on day 1 with low-dose 5-fluorouracil in continuous infusion every 21 days for 4 courses) followed by paclitaxel (90 mg/m2) on day 1, 8, and 15 every 28 days for 3 courses in combination with metronomic oral cyclophosphamide 50 mg/d for 12 weeks in patients with HER2-negative breast cancer (T2-T4a-d, N0-3, M0) with estrogen receptor and progesterone receptor <10%. Results We enrolled 34 patients from June 2009 to May 2013. All were considered evaluable on an intention-to treat basis. The mean difference between the percentage of Ki-67 positive cells evaluated in surgical resection specimens and in pretreatment tumor core biopsy was 41% (95% confidence interval [CI], 30-51; P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-265
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Breast Cancer
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015



  • Chemotherapy
  • Ki-67
  • Metronomic therapy
  • Neoadjuvant
  • Pathological complete response

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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