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Birmingham, Alabama 35294


RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as paclitaxel and carboplatin, work in different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Giving chemotherapy before surgery may shrink the tumor so that it can be removed. Combining paclitaxel with carboplatin may kill more tumor cells. PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well giving paclitaxel together with carboplatin works in treating women who are undergoing surgery for newly diagnosed, locally advanced breast cancer.

Study summary:

OBJECTIVES: - Determine the clinical and pathological response in women with newly diagnosed, locally advanced operable breast cancer treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy comprising paclitaxel and carboplatin. - Evaluate specific biomarkers for prognostic value and as markers for response/resistance in patients treated with this regimen. - Determine the tolerability and toxicity of this regimen in these patients. OUTLINE: This is an open-label study. Patients with non-palpable lymph nodes undergo sentinel lymph node biopsy within 4 weeks before beginning neoadjuvant chemotherapy. All patients receive paclitaxel IV over 3 hours followed by carboplatin IV over 30 minutes on day 1. Treatment repeats every 21 days for up to 4 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients undergo lumpectomy or modified radical mastectomy. Patients with a positive sentinel lymph node biopsy or palpable axillary adenopathy undergo axillary lymph node dissection. All patients undergoing lumpectomy or mastectomy with high-risk disease also undergo radiotherapy. Patients refusing lumpectomy or mastectomy due to persistence of disease may undergo core needle biopsy. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 30 patients will be accrued for this study within 18 months.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: - Histologically confirmed invasive ductal carcinoma or invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast meeting the following stage criteria: - T2, T3, or T4a-c - N0-2 - M0 - Inflammatory breast cancer (stage IIIB) allowed - Measurable disease by mammogram or ultrasound - Hormone receptor status: - Not specified PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age - 18 and over Sex - Female Menopausal status - Not specified Performance status - ECOG 0-1 Life expectancy - Not specified Hematopoietic - Absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1,500/mm^3 - Platelet count ≥ 100,000/mm^3 - Hemoglobin ≥ 10 g/dL Hepatic - AST and ALT ≤ 1.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN) Renal - Creatinine ≤ 1.2 times ULN OR - Creatinine clearance ≥ 50 mL/min Other - Not pregnant or nursing - Negative pregnancy test - Fertile patients must use effective contraception - No comorbid medical condition that would preclude study participation - No comorbid infection that would preclude study participation - No clinically significant peripheral neuropathy (> grade 1) - No prior significant allergic reaction to drugs containing Cremophor, such as teniposide, cyclosporine, or vitamin K - No dementia or altered mental status that would prohibit understanding of informed consent - No other primary malignancy except non-melanoma skin cancer or carcinoma in situ of the cervix PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy - No concurrent prophylactic growth factors Chemotherapy - No prior chemotherapy Endocrine therapy - Not specified Radiotherapy - Not specified Surgery - At least 3 weeks since prior surgery Other - No other concurrent anticancer drugs



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Principal Investigator
Lisle M. Nabell, MD
University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Birmingham, Alabama 35294
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: November 18, 2019

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