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Study of Vitamin D for Premenopausal Women at High Risk for Breast Cancer

2014-08-27 03:19:23 | BioPortfolio

Summary

Despite significant advances in the early detection and treatment of breast cancer, it is still the most common cancer among women in the U.S. and up to 25% will die of their disease. Therefore, more attention has focused on primary prevention to reduce breast cancer-related morbidity and mortality. Due to the limited number of significant modifiable risk factors for breast cancer, researchers are exploring the potential of chemoprevention to arrest or reverse cancer development with a drug intervention. Currently, tamoxifen is the only FDA-approved drug for breast cancer risk reduction. However, tamoxifen's adverse effects have limited its usage. It is anticipated that raloxifene will be used more, as it has a more favorable side effect profile. However, tamoxifen and raloxifene do not prevent estrogen receptor (ER)-negative breast tumors, which account for about a third of all breast cancers and are associated with a poorer prognosis. Current priorities in breast cancer chemoprevention are to identify preventive agents which may be effective against ER-negative breast cancers, and have a low risk of side-effects.

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin which is produced in the body and may come from food sources. Epidemiologic studies suggest that vitamin D may influence breast cancer development, which has resulted in increased interest in the use of vitamin D for the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. Numerous experimental studies have shown that vitamin D compounds have anti-carcinogenic properties against breast cancer. Given the epidemiologic data and the extensive preclinical evidence of the anti-tumor effects of vitamin D, it is therefore reasonable to test the biological effects of high-dose vitamin D in early phase clinical trials. The investigators hypothesize that vitamin D3, cholecalciferol, will modulate biomarkers of breast cancer risk.

Description

We plan to conduct a pilot feasibility study in 20 premenopausal women who are at high risk for breast cancer development who will receive oral cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) 30,000 IU (n = 10) or 20,000 IU (n = 10) weekly for one year. Pretreatment and posttreatment mammograms, breast biopsies, and blood will be evaluated for a variety of biomarkers. The primary objective of this study is to determine the feasibility and toxicity associated with this 1-year intervention of vitamin D in this study population. The secondary objective is to obtain preliminary data on the biological effects of vitamin D on normal breast tissue. The results of this pilot study will be used to implement a larger multicenter trial of vitamin D for breast cancer chemoprevention.

Study Design

Allocation: Non-Randomized, Control: Active Control, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Prevention

Conditions

Breast Cancer

Intervention

cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3)

Location

Columbia University Medical Center Herbert Irving Cancer Center
New York
New York
United States
10032

Status

Recruiting

Source

Columbia University

Results (where available)

View Results

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:19:23-0400

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