Sequential docetaxel and vinorelbine for patients with advanced breast cancer previously treated with anthracyclines: A phase II study

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Abstract

With respect to their association, sequential non-cross-resistant cytostatics could be better tolerated and allow a similar antitumor effect. From January, 1998 to July, 1999, 42 consecutive patients with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) previously treated with anthracyclines as adjuvant- or first-line therapy entered a phase II multicenter study where docetaxel (TXT, 100 mg/m2/3 weeks/4 times) was followed by vinorelbine (VNR, 25 mg/m2/10 days/8 times). Median follow-up is 21 months and 22/42 patients have died. Four patients did not complete therapy due to early death, grade 3-4 gastrointestinal mucosytis (2 patients) and grade 3 neurotoxicity during TXT therapy. Overall response rate was 57%, and 5% of patients had stable disease. There were 38% of therapy failures due to non-evaluability (10%) or progressive disease (28%). Median time to progression and survival are 10.1 and 17.1 months. Sequential TXT-VNB is a suitable strategy for MBC patients previously treated with anthracyclines. It avoids haematologic toxicity and allows a good antitumor effect. Careful monitoring of intestinal mucosytis is required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)801-805
Number of pages5
JournalOncology Reports
Volume8
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Docetaxel
  • Metastatic breast cancer
  • Sequential chemotherapy
  • Vinorelbine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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