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Docetaxel rechallenge after a first response in non-resistant metastatic breast cancer: significant activity with manageable toxicity.
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PMID:  22531859     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Docetaxel is a major drug in metastatic breast cancer (MBC) treatment. At progression, rechallenge with docetaxel can be discussed, according to previous efficacy and tolerance, as long as it was stopped for reasons other than progression. Currently, no data are available outlining outcomes after this pragmatic approach in MBC. We retrospectively identified 72 patients with the following criteria: (i) objective response or stable disease with a previous line of treatment with docetaxel in the metastatic setting, (ii) discontinuation for a reason other than progression, (iii) rechallenge with docetaxel after a minimal docetaxel-free interval of 3 months. The main objectives were to evaluate overall response (ORR), time to progression (TTP), overall survival (OS) and toxicity at reintroduction of docetaxel. Median patient age was 57 years (range: 34-84). Docetaxel was reintroduced as a 2nd, 3rd, or ≥4th line of chemotherapy in the metastatic setting in 21, 46 and 33% of cases, respectively. Previous agents used included capecitabine, anthracycline, and vinorelbine in 54, 40 and 21% of cases, respectively. The median number of docetaxel cycles was 6 (range: 1-18). Among the 33 patients with disease assessed according to RECIST criteria, 14 (42.5%) had a partial response and 11 (33.5%) a stable disease>6 weeks. Among the 46 patients with an initial CA 15-3 increase, 34 (74%) had a ≥50% decrease of the value. Globally, 55 patients (76%) obtained a benefit from the treatment. The median TTP and OS were 5.7 months (95% CI: 5.0-6.3) and 10.2 months (95% CI: 8.6-11.8), respectively. Forty-six patients (64%) reported grade 1/2 toxicity, 23 patients (32%) experienced grade 3/4 toxicity, mostly neutropenia (17%) and fluid retention (10%). There was no difference in median TTP after subsequent docetaxel in subgroup analyses. This retrospective analysis supports the pragmatic strategy to retreat patients with MBC with docetaxel when this drug has shown previous activity and was stopped for other causes than progression.
M Toulmonde; N Madranges; V Brouste; C Donamaria; G MacGrogan; M Durand; H Bonnefoi; L Mauriac; M Debled
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-04-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Breast cancer research and treatment     Volume:  134     ISSN:  1573-7217     ISO Abbreviation:  Breast Cancer Res. Treat.     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-16     Completed Date:  2012-11-19     Revised Date:  2013-05-28    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8111104     Medline TA:  Breast Cancer Res Treat     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  325-32     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medical Oncology, Institut Bergonié, South-West Comprehensive Cancer Center, 229 cours de l'Argonne, 33076, Bordeaux, France.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Antineoplastic Agents / adverse effects,  therapeutic use*
Breast Neoplasms / drug therapy*,  mortality,  pathology
Carcinoma, Ductal, Breast / drug therapy*,  mortality,  secondary
Carcinoma, Lobular / drug therapy*,  mortality,  secondary
Disease-Free Survival
Kaplan-Meier Estimate
Middle Aged
Retrospective Studies
Taxoids / adverse effects,  therapeutic use*
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antineoplastic Agents; 0/Taxoids; 15H5577CQD/docetaxel

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