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Efficacy and safety of short course adjuvant trastuzumab combination chemotherapy in breast cancer

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      Background:

      The adjuvant short course 9-week trastuzumab combination therapy for human epidermal receptor 2 positive breast cancer patients may often be considered as a cost-effective and safe option and has important implications for the Indian subcontinent as well as other developing countries. However, such regimens of shorter duration trastuzumab therapy like FinHer, offered in view of economic constraints, may not be able to achieve globally comparable cure rates in early breast cancer especially with high-risk women with more than 3 lymph node positive.

      Methods and Material:

      Outcome of 21 patients with HER2 positive breast cancer was treated with short course trastuzumab combination chemotherapy in the adjuvant setting was studied.

      Results:

      Out of 21 patients 15 are alive and disease free with a follow up of up to 73 months (median follow up 42 months).

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          Fluorouracil, epirubicin, and cyclophosphamide with either docetaxel or vinorelbine, with or without trastuzumab, as adjuvant treatments of breast cancer: final results of the FinHer Trial.

          Docetaxel has not been compared with vinorelbine as adjuvant treatment of early breast cancer. Efficacy and long-term safety of a short course of adjuvant trastuzumab administered concomitantly with chemotherapy for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) -positive cancer are unknown. One thousand ten women with axillary node-positive or high-risk node-negative breast cancer were randomly assigned to receive three cycles of docetaxel or vinorelbine, followed in both groups by three cycles of fluorouracil, epirubicin, and cyclophosphamide (FEC). Women with HER2-positive cancer (n = 232) were further assigned to either receive or not receive trastuzumab for 9 weeks with docetaxel or vinorelbine. The median follow-up time was 62 months after random assignment. Women assigned to docetaxel had better distant disease-free survival (DDFS) than those assigned to vinorelbine (hazard ratio [HR] = 0.66; 95% CI, 0.49 to 0.91; P = .010). In the subgroup of HER2-positive disease, patients treated with trastuzumab tended to have better DDFS than those treated with chemotherapy only (HR = 0.65; 95% CI, 0.38 to 1.12; P = .12; with adjustment for presence of axillary nodal metastases, HR = 0.57; P = .047). In exploratory analyses, docetaxel, trastuzumab, and FEC improved DDFS compared with docetaxel plus FEC (HR = 0.32; P = .029) and vinorelbine, trastuzumab, and FEC (HR = 0.31; P = .020). The median left ventricular ejection fraction of trastuzumab-treated patients remained unaltered during the 5-year follow-up; only one woman treated with trastuzumab was diagnosed with a heart failure. Adjuvant treatment with docetaxel improves DDFS compared with vinorelbine. A brief course of trastuzumab administered concomitantly with docetaxel is safe and effective and warrants further evaluation.
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            Affiliations
            Department of Oncology, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and Research Centre, Pune, India
            [1 ]Department of Oncology, Asian Institute of Oncology, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
            [2 ]Department of Oncology, Kovai Medical Centre and Hospital, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
            Author notes
            Correspondence to: Dr. Sachin S. Hingmire, E-mail: sshingmire@ 123456yahoo.com
            Journal
            South Asian J Cancer
            South Asian J Cancer
            SAJC
            South Asian Journal of Cancer
            Medknow Publications & Media Pvt Ltd (India )
            2278-330X
            2278-4306
            Apr-Jun 2017
            : 6
            : 2
            : 47-50
            5506806
            SAJC-6-47
            10.4103/sajc.sajc_68_17
            Copyright: © 2017 The South Asian Journal of Cancer

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            ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Breast Cancer

            finher, short course trastuzumab, survival

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