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Gemcitabine in Treating Elderly Women With Metastatic Breast Cancer

2014-08-27 03:57:45 | BioPortfolio

Summary

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of gemcitabine in treating elderly women who have metastatic breast cancer.

Description

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the safety and efficacy of gemcitabine in the treatment of elderly women with metastatic breast cancer. II. Evaluate the quality of life in these patients.

OUTLINE: Patients receive gemcitabine IV over 1 hour weekly for 7 consecutive weeks in an 8 week course. Treatment then continues weekly for 3 consecutive weeks in 4 week courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Quality of life is assessed prior to treatment and then every 12 weeks. Patients are followed every 3 months for 2 years, then every 6 months until year 5, and then annually thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 40 patients will be accrued for this study over 2 years.

Study Design

Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Breast Cancer

Intervention

gemcitabine hydrochloride

Status

Active, not recruiting

Source

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:57:45-0400

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