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A Pilot Study of Bone Mineral Density in Postmenopausal Women After Treatment for Breast Cancer

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Breast Cancer, Osteoporosis

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A Pilot Study of Bone Mineral Density in Postmenopausal Women After Treatment for Breast Cancer

Breast cancer patients may be at increased risk for osteoporosis secondary to cancer
treatment. The hypothesis of this study is that adjuvant chemotherapy increases the risk of
osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. The objective of this pilot study is to describe the
effects of chemotherapy on bone mineral density and serum markers of bone metabolism.

There is limited data on the change in bone mineral density due to chemotherapy in
postmenopausal women. This prospective study will gather data on the effects of systemic
breast cancer therapy on bone mineral density in postmenopausal women receiving adjuvant
care for early stage (0, I, II or III) breast cancer. Postmenopausal women are the focus of
this study because: (1) they are the largest subgroup of women with breast cancer (2) they
are expected to have a rate of BMD loss unless disturbed by disease or medications, unlike
the pre and perimenopausal women whose BMD is dramatically affected by changes in hormonal
status (3) this group of patients is at greatest risk for acute osteoporotic fractures.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Documented histologically or cytologically proven diagnosis of breast cancer

- Non-metastatic breast cancer tumor with the diagnosis of Tis, T1-T4, N0-3, M0 (Stage
0, I, II or III breast cancer) by the American Joint Committee on Cancer revised
tumor-nodal-metastases staging system (Singletary, JCO 2002). DCIS is allowed, but
LCIS (only) is not. Adjuvant care is administered as clinically indicated. Adjuvant
treatment decisions are not stipulated in this trial.

- Postmenopausal as defined by last menstrual cycle occurring more than 5 years
previously. Women who have had a hysterectomy without bilateral oophorectomy will be
considered postmenopausal if greater than 55 years of age. Women who have had a
bilateral oophorectomy more than 5 years previously will be considered

- Chemotherapy Arm: Patients about to begin adjuvant, or neoadjuvant, treatment with
Doxorubicin (60mg/m2), Cyclophosphamide (600mg/m2) followed by Paclitaxel (175mg/m2)
(AC-T) or Doxorubicin (60mg/m2) for 4 cycles followed by Paclitaxel (175mg/m2) for 4
cycles followed by Cyclophosphamide (600mg/m2) for 4 cycles (A-T-C) administered in
the dose dense regimen every 2 weeks with growth

- factor support. The patient may enter this trial within 3 months of initiating
adjuvant chemotherapy.

- Observation Arm: Patients begin adjuvant follow up with expectant monitoring (no
systemic therapy). The patient may enter this trial within 2 months of initiating
adjuvant care.

- Signed informed consent

- Assessment of the complete blood count and complete biochemical profile must indicate
absolute neutrophil count >1000/ul, hemoglobin > 9 g/dl and platelets >100,000/ul and
the bilirubin, liver transaminases (AST/ALT) and serum creatinine must be within 2.5
times the institutional upper level of normal at the time of enrollment into the

Exclusion Criteria:

- Any metabolic bone disease (including Paget's disease of the bone) other than
postmenopausal osteoporosis or osteopenia.

- Use of systemic gonadal hormonal medications or supplements within the past 24
months. Topical vaginal estrogens such as "Estring" or other vaginal estrogenic
compounds not associated with systemic absorption are allowed.

- Prior use of tamoxifen or raloxifene is permitted if the medication was discontinued
more then 24 months prior to the diagnosis of breast cancer. No adjuvant
antiestrogen, antineoplastic, therapies are permitted on study.

- Chronic use of systemic steroids (equivalent of prednisone 5mg daily for more then 3
months) for disease process other than breast cancer chemotherapy premedications or
antiemetics. Inhaled steroids are allowed, as is the occasional use of low to
moderate dose short pulse steroids.

- History of rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, hyperparathyroidism, renal
osteodystrophy, moderate to severe inflammatory or autoimmune diseases or newly
diagnosed thyroid condition requiring titration of medications (stable dose and minor
dose modifications of thyroid medications are acceptable). Other exclusionary
comorbid conditions include thalassemia, moderate to severe malabsorptive syndromes
and HIV. Patients diagnosed with the above conditions or similar comorbid and/or
inflammatory diseases associated with changes in BMD either from the disease process
or the therapy of such condition(s) during the course of the study will be removed
from the study at the point of diagnosis.

- Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) or Stage IV breast cancer and patients with a
concurrently active second malignancy other then adequately treated non-melanoma skin
cancers or in situ cervical cancer. Patients with non-mammary malignancies, or prior
breast cancer, must have been disease free for at least 5 years.

- Participation in other clinical trials that are measuring BMD as a study parameter

- Patients with conditions that are expected to distort BMD reading and make DEXA
results unreliable such as bilateral prosthetic hips, extensive degenerative joint
disease, or severe calcification of the aorta.

- Patients with concurrent medical or psychiatric conditions, which at the judgment of
the consenting investigator, would prevent them from understanding and complying with
this clinical trial.

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Diagnostic

Outcome Measure:

To estimate the rate of change in bone mineral density in postmenopausal women undergoing adjuvant chemotherapy with dose dense doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide and paclitaxel (AC-T or A-T-C) for early stage breast cancer.

Outcome Time Frame:

conclusion of study

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Gabriella Dandrea, MD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

March 2005

Completion Date:

February 2009

Related Keywords:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • osteoporosis
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Osteoporosis



Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterNew York, New York  10021
Memoral Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterBasking Ridge, New Jersey