Paclitaxel efficacy and toxicity in older women with metastatic breast cancer: Combined analysis of calgb 9342 and 9840

Journal Article

Background: Two Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB) studies were utilized to determine the efficacy and tolerability of paclitaxel (Taxol) in older patients with metastatic breast cancer. Patients and methods: CALGB 9840 evaluated weekly paclitaxel (80 mg/m. 2) versus paclitaxel every 3 weeks (175 mg/m. 2); CALGB 9342 evaluated three doses of paclitaxel as follows: 175, 210 and 250 mg/m. 2 each over 3 h every 3 weeks. Of the 1048 patients, paclitaxel was used first line in 57%. The groups: (i) <55 years (45%), (ii) 55-64 years (29%), and (iii) ≥65 years (26%). Results: Tumor response was also similar among age groups. First-line therapy (P = 0.0001) and better performance status (PS) (P = 0.018) were significantly related to higher response. Age did not significantly relate to overall survival (OS) or progression-free survival (PFS). First-line therapy, better PS, estrogen receptor positive status and a fewer number of metastatic sites were significantly related to improved OS and PFS. The grade ≥3 toxic effects that increased linearly with age were leucopenia (P = 0.0099), granulocytopenia (P = 0.022), anorexia (P = 0.028), bilirubin elevation (P = 0.0035) and neurotoxicity (P < 0.0001). Patients over 65 years receiving second-line therapy had the shortest time to neurotoxicity. Conclusions: Older women with breast cancer derive similar efficacy from treatment with paclitaxel as younger women. Older women are at increased risk for specific toxic effects. © The Author 2011. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society for Medical Oncology. All rights reserved.

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Cited Authors

  • Lichtman, SM; Hurria, A; Cirrincione, CT; Seidman, AD; Winer, E; Hudis, C; Cohen, HJ; Muss, HB

Published Date

  • 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 632 - 638

PubMed ID

  • 21693770

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0923-7534

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/annonc/mdr297