Clinical Characteristics and Outcome Trends of Adjuvant Anthracycline and Taxane Regimen for Early Stage Breast Cancer

Ashok K. Vaid, Aseem Khurana, Devender Sharma, Dheeraj Gautam, Jyoti Wadhwa, Rajiv Agarwal, Kanchan Kaur, Jyoti Arora, Kush Gupta


Background: The anthracycline and taxane-based chemotherapy treatment regimen remains the gold standard for treatment of early stage breast cancer. However, studies examining the effectiveness and use of this treatment regimen in Indian context are limited. This study examined patients treated with anthracycline and taxane-based chemotherapy at a tertiary care cancer center in India.

Methods: Patients with confirmed early stage breast cancer who had undergone primary breast surgery followed by treatment with anthracycline and taxane-based chemotherapy between 2009 and 2015 were included in the study. Data on clinical characteristics and treatment details were collected from the patients' medical records.

Results: Two hundred sixty-four women were included in the analysis. The median age at presentation was 50 years. Among the 264 women, 40.5% were premenopausal, 1.2% were perimenopausal, and 58.3% were postmenopausal. The number of patients undergoing breast-conserving surgery (BCS) and modified radical mastectomy (MRM) were 35.2% and 64.7%, respectively. Patients with a tumor grade of 1, 2, and 3 were 7.2%, 53.1%, and 39.7%, respectively. Tumors were unifocal in 81.1% and multifocal in 18.2% of patients. Estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR), and human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER-2) positivity was detected in 58.3%, 54.2%, and 3.1% of patients, respectively and 38.6% of patients were triple negative. With a median follow-up of 36.2 months, the invasive disease-free survival rate was 90.9% and mean disease-free survival time was 65.4 1.13 months.

Conclusions: The results of this study confirm the clinical utility of anthracycline and taxane-based chemotherapy regimen as the adjuvant chemotherapy treatment of early stage breast cancer.

World J Oncol. 2020;11(3):106-111


Anthracycline; Taxane; Early breast cancer; Adjuvant chemotherapy

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