New York, New York 10021

  • Breast Cancer


RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Monoclonal antibodies can locate tumor cells and either kill them or deliver tumor-killing substances to them without harming normal cells. Combining chemotherapy with monoclonal antibody therapy may kill more cancer cells. PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of paclitaxel plus monoclonal antibody therapy in treating women with recurrent or metastatic breast cancer.

Study summary:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the therapeutic efficacy of paclitaxel in combination with monoclonal antibody HER2 (Herceptin) in women with recurrent or metastatic breast cancer. II. Evaluate the safety of this combination regimen in these patients. OUTLINE: Patients are stratified by tumor expression of HER2 (overexpression vs normal). Patients receive a loading dose of monoclonal antibody HER2 (Herceptin) intravenously over 90 minutes on day 0. Paclitaxel is administered intravenously over 1 hour on day 1. Starting on day 7, patients receive paclitaxel by infusion over 1 hour every 7 days. Monoclonal antibody HER2 is administered intravenously over 30 minutes immediately following paclitaxel every 7 days. Treatment continues in the absence of disease progression and unacceptable toxicity. Patients are followed until death. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: This study will accrue 50 patients in approximately 6 months.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically confirmed recurrent or metastatic breast cancer Bidimensionally measurable disease No bone scan abnormalities alone Lytic lesions allowed in conjunction with bone scan abnormalities No pure blastic bone metastases No pleural or peritoneal effusions No previously irradiated lesions Resected disease not allowed No brain metastases or leptomeningeal disease Hormone receptor status: Not specified PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over Sex: Female Menopausal status: Not specified Performance status: Karnofsky 70-100% Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: Granulocyte count at least 1500/mm3 Hemoglobin at least 8.0 g/dL Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3 Hepatic: Bilirubin less than 1.5 mg/dL Renal: Creatinine less than 2.0 mg/dL Calcium no greater than 11.0 mg/dL Cardiovascular: No history of arrhythmias No history of other significant cardiac diseases No New York Heart Association class III or IV cardiac function Left ventricular ejection fraction at least 50% Pulmonary: No symptomatic lymphangitic pulmonary metastases Other: Not pregnant Negative pregnancy test No history of other malignancy except: Carcinoma in situ of the cervix Curatively treated nonmelanoma skin cancer No severe infection No severe malnutrition No other serious medical illness No history of grade 3-4 peripheral neuropathy PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: No prior monoclonal antibody therapy Chemotherapy: At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy (6 weeks for nitrosoureas and mitomycin) and recovered No more than 3 prior chemotherapy regimens as adjuvant/neoadjuvant therapy or for disease At least 1 year since prior paclitaxel or docetaxel Prior anthracycline (doxorubicin or epirubicin) or mitoxantrone-based regimen allowed as adjuvant therapy or for advanced disease No other concurrent chemotherapy Endocrine therapy: At least 3 weeks since prior exogenous hormonal therapy for stage IV disease and/or as adjuvant therapy Radiotherapy: No radiotherapy to greater than 50% of marrow At least 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy and recovered No concurrent radiotherepy to the only measurable lesion Surgery: At least 2-3 weeks since prior surgery and recovered No concurrent surgery to the only measurable lesion Other: No concurrent nonprotocol treatment



Primary Contact:

Study Chair
Andrew D. Seidman, MD
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

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New York, New York 10021
United States

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Date Processed: April 03, 2020

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