A phase I/II study of neoadjuvant liposomal doxorubicin, paclitaxel, and hyperthermia in locally advanced breast cancer.
PURPOSE: The prognosis for locally advanced breast cancer (LABC) patients continues to be poor, with an estimated five-year survival of only 50-60%. Preclinical data demonstrates enhanced therapeutic efficacy with liposomal encapsulation of doxorubicin combined with hyperthermia (HT). Therefore this phase I/II study was designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a novel neoadjuvant combination treatment of paclitaxel, liposomal doxorubicin, and hyperthermia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eligible patients received four cycles of neoadjuvant liposomal doxorubicin (30-75 mg/m(2)), paclitaxel (100-175 mg/m(2)), and hyperthermia. They subsequently underwent either a modified radical mastectomy or lumpectomy with axillary node dissection followed by radiation therapy and then eight cycles of CMF (cyclophosphamide, methotrexate, 5-fluorouracil) chemotherapy. RESULTS: Forty-seven patients with stage IIB-III LABC were enrolled and 43 patients were evaluable. Fourteen patients (33%) had inflammatory breast cancer. Combined (partial + complete) clinical response rate was 72% and combined pathological response rate was 60%. Four patients achieved a pathologically complete response. Sixteen patients were eligible for breast-conserving surgery. The cumulative equivalent minutes (CEM 43) at T90 (tenth percentile of temperature distribution) was significantly greater for those with a pathological response. Four-year disease-free survival was 63% (95% CI, 46%-76%) and the four-year overall survival was 75% (95% CI, 58-86%). CONCLUSIONS: Neoadjuvant therapy using paclitaxel, liposomal doxorubicin and hyperthermia is a feasible and well tolerated treatment strategy in patients with LABC. The thermal dose parameter CEM 43 T90 was significantly correlated with attaining a pathological response.
Vujaskovic, Z; Kim, DW; Jones, E; Lan, L; McCall, L; Dewhirst, MW; Craciunescu, O; Stauffer, P; Liotcheva, V; Betof, A; Blackwell, K
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