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1.  Toxicity Analysis in the ADEBAR Trial: Sequential Anthracycline-Taxane Therapy Compared with FEC120 for the Adjuvant Treatment of High-Risk Breast Cancer 
Breast Care  2012;7(4):289-295.
Background
Data from meta-analyses have shown taxane-containing therapies to be superior to anthracycline-based treatments for high-risk breast cancer.
Patients and Methods
The ADEBAR trial was a multicenter phase III trial in which patients with lymph node-positive breast cancer were prospectively randomized for either sequential anthracycline-taxane or FEC120 therapy. Patients received 4× epirubicin (90 mg/m2) and cyclophosphamide (600 mg/m2) every 3 weeks (q3w), followed by 4× docetaxel (100 mg/m2) q3w (EC-Doc arm), or 6× epirubicin (60 mg/m2) and 5-fluorouracil (500 mg/m2) on days 1 and 8 and cyclophosphamide (75 mg/m2) on days 1–14, q4w (FEC arm). We compared both arms with respect to toxicity and feasibility.
Results
Hematological toxicity was found significantly more often in the FEC arm. Febrile neutropenia was seen in 11.3% of patients in the FEC arm and in 8.4% of patients in the EC-Doc arm (p = 0.027). Non-hematological side effects of grade 3/4 were rarely seen in either arm. Therapy was terminated due to toxicity in 3.7% of the patients in the EC-Doc arm and in 8.0% of the patients in the FEC arm (p = 0.0009).
Conclusion
The sequential anthracycline-taxane regimen is a well-tolerated and feasible alternative to FEC120 therapy.
doi:10.1159/000341384
PMCID: PMC3515794  PMID: 23904831
Breast cancer; Taxane; Anthracycline; Toxicity; ADEBAR trial
2.  The German SUCCESS C Study – The First European Lifestyle Study on Breast Cancer 
Breast Care  2010;5(6):395-400.
Summary
Cohort trials have shown evidence that obesity and a low level of physical activity are not only associated with a higher risk of developing breast cancer, but also with an increased risk for recurrence and reduced survival in breast cancer patients. The SUCCESS C study is the first European trial to evaluate the effect of an intensive lifestyle intervention program on disease-free survival in women with early breast cancer and to examine the predictive value of selected biomarker candidates. A total of 3,547 women with early-stage, Her2/neu-negative breast cancer will be included. The first randomization will compare disease-free survival in patients treated with either 3 cycles of FEC (epirubicine, fluorouracil, cyclophosphamide), followed by 3 cycles of docetaxel or 6 cycles of docetaxel-cyclophosphamide, and thus assess the role of anthracycline-free chemotherapy. The second randomization compares disease-free survival in patients with a body mass index of 24–40 kg/m2 receiving either a telephone-based individualized lifestyle intervention program aiming at moderate weight loss or general recommendations for a healthy lifestyle alone. In addition, the study will evaluate the predictive role of cancer-associated and obesity-related biomarkers for the prediction of disease recurrence and survival. This SUCCESS C trial will provide valuable information on the effects of a lifestyle intervention program on the prognosis of early breast cancer patients.
doi:10.1159/000322677
PMCID: PMC3076352  PMID: 21494405
Breast cancer; Obesity; Lifestyle intervention; Weight loss; Physical activity; Prognosis; Disease recurrence; Overall survival
3.  Zurich Consensus: German Expert Opinion on the St. Gallen Votes on 15 March 2009 (11th International Conference at St. Gallen: Primary Therapy of Early Breast Cancer) 
Breast Care  2009;4(2):109-116.
Summary
A German working group of 23 breast cancer experts discussed the results from the vote at this year's St. Gallen Consensus Conference on Primary Therapy for Early Breast Cancer (March 11–14, 2009) and came up with some concrete recommendations for day-to-day therapeutic decisions in Germany. Due the fact that the concept of the St. Gallen Consensus Conference merely allows for a minimal consensus, the objective of the working group was to provide practice-related recommendations for day-to-day clinical decisions in Germany. One area of emphasis at St. Gallen was tumor biology as a starting point for reaching individual therapeutic decisions. Intensive discussion was necessary with respect to the clinical relevance of predictive and prognostic factors. A new addition to the area of systemic therapy was a first-ever discussion of the adjuvant administration of bisphosponates and the fact that therapy with trastuzumab in HER2 overexpressing breast cancer has been defined as the standard for neoadjuvant therapy. The value of taxanes as a component of (neo)adjuvant chemotherapy as well as the value of aromatase inhibitors for the endocrine adjuvant treatment of postmenopausal patients were affirmed.
doi:10.1159/000212164
PMCID: PMC2931071  PMID: 21049070
4.  Node-positive Breast Cancer: Which Are the Best Chemotherapy Regimens? 
Breast Care  2008;3(4):244-250.
Summary
Breast cancer-associated mortality has been significantly reduced since the 1990s, mainly because of early diagnosis and systemic therapeutic interventions. All three therapy components – cytostatic therapy, endocrine therapy and targeted antibody therapy – are at present necessary tools for the curative treatment of primary breast cancer. This article reviews the evidence base for the use of various chemotherapy schedules in patients with primary, node-positive breast cancer, including schedules in combination with targeted HER2/neu therapy.
doi:10.1159/000149099
PMCID: PMC2974979  PMID: 21076604
Chemotherapy; Prognosis; Recurrence; Breast cancer; Controversies; Taxanes; Anthracyclines; Trastuzumab

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