Doxorubicin and Cyclophosphamide Plus Paclitaxel With or Without Trastuzumab in Treating Women With Node-Positive Breast Cancer That Overexpresses HER2

February 01, 2000
132472
Cancer - Breast, Cancer
Grace Makari-Judson, MD
Baystate Breast and Wellness Center, 100 Wason Avenue, 3rd Floor, Springfield, MA
RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, and paclitaxel, use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Monoclonal antibodies such as trastuzumab can locate tumor cells and either kill them or deliver tumor-killing substances to them without harming normal cells. It is not yet known whether combination chemotherapy plus trastuzumab is more effective than combination chemotherapy alone for treating breast cancer.

PURPOSE: This randomized phase III trial is studying how well giving combination chemotherapy together with trastuzumab works compared to combination chemotherapy alone in treating women with node-positive stage II or stage IIIA breast cancer that overexpresses HER2.
Ages Eligible for Study: 18 Years and older (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study: Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers: No
Active
Interventional (Clinical Trial), Randomized
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Ruth Barham
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