Combination Chemotherapy in Treating Women With Breast Cancer

A Randomized Phase III Trial Comparing FEC-Chemotherapy vs. EC-Doc-Chemotherapy in Patients With Primary Breast Cancer


Hauptsponsor: Ludwig-Maximilians - University of Munich

Quelle National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Kurze Zusammenfassung

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining more than one drug and giving them after surgery may kill any remaining tumor cells following surgery. It is not yet known which combination chemotherapy regimen is more effective in treating breast cancer.

PURPOSE: Randomized phase III trial to compare the effectiveness of two different combination chemotherapy regimens in treating women who have primary breast cancer.

detaillierte Beschreibung


- Compare the time to progression of women with primary breast cancer treated with fluorouracil, epirubicin, and cyclophosphamide vs docetaxel, epirubicin, and cyclophosphamide.

- Compare the overall survival of patients treated with these regimens.

- Compare the toxicity of these regimens in these patients.

- Compare quality of life of patients treated with these regimens.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, open-label, multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to metastatic axillary lymph node involvement (4-9 vs 10 or more), hormone receptor status (estrogen and/or progesterone) of the primary tumor (negative vs positive), and timing of adjuvant radiotherapy (intermittently after completion of 50% of chemotherapy vs after completion of all chemotherapy). Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms.

- Arm I: Patients receive fluorouracil IV over 10-15 minutes and epirubicin IV over 15 minutes on days 1 and 8 and oral cyclophosphamide on days 1-14. Treatment repeats every 4 weeks for 6 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

- Arm II: Patients receive epirubicin IV over 15 minutes and cyclophosphamide IV over 1 hour on days 1, 21, 42, and 63 and docetaxel IV over 1 hour on days 84, 105, 126, and 147 in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Within 21 days after the completion of chemotherapy, patients undergo adjuvant radiotherapy 5 days a week for 5.5 weeks. Alternatively, patients may undergo radiotherapy intermittently after completion of 50% of chemotherapy.

Upon completion of chemotherapy, patients with positive hormone receptor status (estrogen and/or progesterone) receive oral tamoxifen daily for 5 years. Additionally, patients with positive hormone receptor status who are under age 40 receive goserelin subcutaneously every 4 weeks for 2 years.

Quality of life is assessed at baseline, prior to each course of chemotherapy, 4 weeks after completion of chemotherapy, 6 weeks after completion of radiotherapy, and then at 6 months after completion of chemotherapy.

Patients are followed every 3 months for 3 years, every 6 months for 3 years, and then annually thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 446 patients (223 per treatment arm) will be accrued for this study within 3 years.

Gesamtstatus Completed
Anfangsdatum August 2001
Fertigstellungstermin March 2012
Primäres Abschlussdatum February 2012
Phase Phase 3
Studientyp Interventional
Primärer Ausgang
Messen Zeitfenster
Comparison of time to progression
Sekundäres Ergebnis
Messen Zeitfenster
Overall survival time
Changes in quality of life over time as measured by the EORTC QLQ-C30 and BR23 questionnaires
Einschreibung 446

Interventionsart: Drug

Interventionsname: cyclophosphamide

Interventionsart: Drug

Interventionsname: docetaxel

Interventionsart: Drug

Interventionsname: epirubicin hydrochloride

Interventionsart: Drug

Interventionsname: fluorouracil

Interventionsart: Drug

Interventionsname: goserelin acetate

Interventionsart: Drug

Interventionsname: tamoxifen citrate

Interventionsart: Procedure

Interventionsname: adjuvant therapy

Interventionsart: Radiation

Interventionsname: radiation therapy




- Diagnosis of primary epithelial invasive carcinoma of the breast

- T1-4, N1-2, M0

- Must have 4 metastatic axillary lymph nodes

- Complete resection of the primary tumor within the past 5 weeks

- Free of invasive carcinoma with at least 10 lymph nodes removed

- No inflammatory breast cancer

- No distant metastases by chest x-ray, liver ultrasound, and whole body bone scan

- Hormone receptor status:

- Estrogen and/or progesterone receptor status known



- 18 to 70


- Female

Menopausal status

- Not specified

Performance status

- ECOG 0-1

Life expectancy

- At least 32 weeks


- WBC at least 3,000/mm3

- Platelet count at least 100,000


- Bilirubin no greater than 1.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)

- SGOT/SGPT no greater than 1.5 times ULN

- Alkaline phosphatase no greater than 1.5 times ULN

- Albumin no greater than 1.5 times ULN


- Creatinine no greater than 1.5 times ULN


- No cardiomyopathy with impaired ventricular function

- No New York Heart Association class III or IV heart disease

- No cardiac arrhythmias influencing LVEF and requiring medication

- No myocardial infarction within the past 6 months

- No angina pectoris within the past 6 months

- No uncontrolled arterial hypertension


- No other primary malignancy except carcinoma in situ of the cervix or adequately treated basal cell skin cancer

- No known hypersensitivity to docetaxel, epirubicin, fluorouracil, cyclophosphamide, or other study medication

- Not pregnant or nursing

- Negative pregnancy test

- Fertile patients must use effective contraception


Biologic therapy

- Not specified


- No prior cytotoxic or other antineoplastic therapy

- No other concurrent cytotoxic or other antineoplastic therapy

Endocrine therapy

- Not specified


- No prior radiotherapy


- See Disease Characteristics


- At least 3 weeks since prior investigational agents

Geschlecht: Female

Mindestalter: 18 Years

Maximales Alter: 70 Years

Gesunde Freiwillige: No

Insgesamt offiziell
Nachname Rolle Zugehörigkeit
Harald Sommer, MD Study Chair Ludwig-Maximilians - University of Munich
I. Frauenklinik und Hebammenschule der Ludwig-Maximillians Universitaet Muenchen | Munich, D-80337, Germany
Klinikum Rechts Der Isar - Technische Universitaet Muenchen | Munich, D-81675, Germany
Standort Länder



December 2002

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Studiendesign Info

Zuweisung: Randomized

Hauptzweck: Treatment

Maskierung: None (Open Label)