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Seattle, Washington 98109

  • Breast Cancer


RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Monoclonal antibodies such as trastuzumab can locate tumor cells and either kill them or deliver tumor-killing substances to them without harming normal cells. Paclitaxel may stop the growth of breast cancer by stopping blood flow to the tumor. PURPOSE: Phase II trial to compare the effectiveness of paclitaxel with or without trastuzumab following peripheral stem cell transplantation in treating patients who have refractory stage IV breast cancer.

Study summary:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the toxicity of paclitaxel with or without trastuzumab following high dose chemotherapy with autologous or syngeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplantation in patients with stage IV breast cancer. II. Assess the overall survival of these patients. OUTLINE: Patients begin study treatment within 50-150 days after autologous or syngeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplantation. Patients are stratified according to overexpression of HER2-Neu (yes vs no), which determines the type of therapy. Arm I (overexpression of HER2-Neu): Patients receive paclitaxel IV over 60 minutes followed by the initial loading dose of trastuzumab IV over 90 minutes. If the loading dose is tolerated well, then patients receive maintenance trastuzumab IV over 30 minutes. Treatment with paclitaxel followed by maintenance trastuzumab repeats once every week for 12 weeks in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Arm II (no overexpression of Her2-Neu): Patients receive paclitaxel IV over 60 minutes once every week for 12 weeks. Patients with hormone receptor positive disease also receive antihormonal therapy (tamoxifen or anastrozole) as clinically indicated. Patients with isolated metastasis such as a single bone lesion may receive radiotherapy to that site after completion of study treatment. Patients are followed every 3 months for 1 year, every 6 months for 2 years, and then annually thereafter. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 60 patients (30 per arm) will be accrued for this study over 2-3 years.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Refractory stage IV breast cancer Received high dose chemotherapy (HDC) with autologous or syngeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (PBSCT) OR Stage IV breast cancer Failed to achieve complete response to HDC with autologous or syngeneic PBSCT at initial restaging following HDC No enrollment on protocol FHCRC-976, unless evidence of no response or progressive disease at initial restaging following transplantation Hormone receptor status: Not specified PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: Not specified Menopausal status: Not specified Performance status: Karnofsky 70-100% Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: Platelet count at least 50,000/mm3 (untransfused) Absolute neutrophil count greater than 1,000/mm3 (without filgrastim (G-CSF) support) Hepatic: Bilirubin no greater than 2.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN) SGOT no greater than 2.5 times ULN Renal: Creatinine no greater than 2.0 mg/dL Cardiovascular: LVEF greater than 40% No poorly controlled arrhythmias No prior coronary artery disease No congestive heart failure within last year No myocardial infarction within past 2 years Other: No active infection No grade 3 regimen related toxicity according to Bearman model No allergy to paclitaxel, trastuzumab, or benzyl alcohol No grade 3 peripheral neuropathy with last chemotherapy HIV negative Not pregnant or nursing Fertile patients must use effective contraception PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: See Disease Characteristics Chemotherapy: See Disease Characteristics Endocrine therapy: Concurrent antihormonal therapy (tamoxifen or anastrozole) allowed as clinically indicated for hormone receptor positive disease Radiotherapy: Not specified Surgery: Not specified



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Study Chair
Leona A. Holmberg, MD, PhD
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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Seattle, Washington 98109
United States

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Date Processed: March 30, 2020

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