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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-17510

Pestalozzi, B C; et al; Gelber, R D; Viale, G (2008). Is risk of central nervous system (CNS) relapse related to adjuvant taxane treatment in node-positive breast cancer? results of the CNS substudy in the intergroup Phase III BIG 02-98 Trial. Annals of Oncology, 19(11):1837-1841.

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BACKGROUND: Breast cancer central nervous system (CNS) metastases are an increasingly important problem because of high CNS relapse rates in patients treated with trastuzumab and/or taxanes. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We evaluated data from 2887 node-positive breast cancer patients randomised in the BIG 02-98 trial comparing anthracycline-based adjuvant chemotherapy (control arms) to anthracycline-docetaxel-based sequential or concurrent chemotherapy (experimental arms). After a median follow-up of 5 years, 403 patients had died and detailed information on CNS relapse was collected for these patients. RESULTS: CNS relapse occurred in 4.0% of control patients and 3.7% of docetaxel-treated patients. CNS relapse occurred in 27% of deceased patients in both treatment groups. CNS relapse was usually accompanied by neurologic symptoms (90%), and 25% of patients with CNS relapse died without evidence of extra-CNS relapse. Only 20% of patients survived 1 year from the diagnosis of CNS relapse. Prognosis of CNS relapse was worse for patients with meningeal carcinomatosis when compared with brain metastases. Unexpected findings included a higher rate of positive cerebrospinal fluid cytology (8% versus 3%) and more frequent use of magnetic resonance imaging for diagnosis (47% versus 30%) in the docetaxel-treated patients. CONCLUSION: There is no evidence that adjuvant docetaxel treatment is associated with an increased frequency of CNS relapse.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Oncology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Date:November 2008
Deposited On:05 Mar 2009 13:34
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:09
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Publisher DOI:10.1093/annonc/mdn385
PubMed ID:18562328

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