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Phase II Study of Dose-Dense TC (Docetaxel + Cyclophosphamide) With Pegfilgrastim Support for Adjuvant Therapy of pN0, pN1 or Nx Breast Cancer

Phase 2
18 Years
Open (Enrolling)
Female Breast Cancer

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Trial Information

Phase II Study of Dose-Dense TC (Docetaxel + Cyclophosphamide) With Pegfilgrastim Support for Adjuvant Therapy of pN0, pN1 or Nx Breast Cancer

A standard chemotherapy treatment option for breast cancer after surgery (adjuvant therapy)
is docetaxel + cyclophosphamide (TC). This study looks at a different schedule for giving
the same adjuvant chemotherapy so that treatment can be completed faster (in 8 weeks rather
than 12 weeks). This study uses a growth factor drug, pegfilgrastim, to help build blood
cells that are lowered because of chemotherapy, making it possible to receive TC treatment
every 2 weeks (referred to as "dose dense TC" or "ddTC") instead of the standard 3 week
schedule. The main study procedures are blood draws, chemotherapy treatment, physical
exams, and pegfilgrastim injections.

Inclusion Criteria:

- histologically confirmed invasive carcinoma of the female breast, status post
definitive surgery (lumpectomy or mastectomy plus nodal evaluation if feasible).
Patients must initiate therapy with ddTC within 84 days of the last breast or
axillary surgery performed for curative intent

- candidate for chemotherapy by the treating oncologist

- Patients with pN2 or pN3 disease are NOT explicitly excluded. However, patients with
N2 or N3 disease MUST be reviewed with the PI or study chair before being enrolled on
the study as TC would not normally be considered adequate therapy for such patients.

- Patients with bilateral, synchronous invasive breast cancer are eligible as long as
both primary tumors meet the eligibility criteria.

- Patients with estrogen-receptor (ER) and/or progesterone receptor (PR) negative,
positive, or unknown tumors are eligible.

- Patients with HER2 positive, negative or unknown disease are eligible for this trial.
Patients whose tumors are HER2 positive by either immunohistochemistry (IHC) 3+
staining or demonstrate gene amplification by FISH should receive trastuzumab,
following completion of adjuvant cytotoxic therapy with 4 cycles of ddTC.

- There must be negative surgical margins for invasive cancer and DCIS. LCIS is
acceptable at the margin.

- Patients with multi-centric breast cancer are eligible as long as all known disease
is resected from the breast with negative margins.

- Age >18 years.

- ECOG performance status ≤ 1

- Women of childbearing potential should have a negative urine or blood beta-HCG, and
must agree to contraception if engaging in sexual activity. Should a woman become
pregnant or suspect she is pregnant while participating in this study, she should
inform her treating physician immediately. Women must not be pregnant or nursing as
the chemotherapy drugs used in this study may cause harm to a fetus or newborn.

- Ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent

- Platelets >/=100,000/μl within 4 weeks of registration.

- Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) >/= 1,500/μl within 4 weeks of registration.

- Total bilirubin within normal institutional limits within 4 weeks of registration.

- Alkaline phosphatase (alk phos) ≤ 2.5 X institutional Upper Limit of Normal (ULN)
within 4 weeks of registration.


- Creatinine within normal institutional limits OR Creatinine clearance>/= 60
mL/min/1.73 m2 for patients with creatinine levels above normal

- If patient has received tamoxifen or another selective estrogen receptor modulator
(SERM) for prevention or for other indications (not for treatment of this cancer),
they have been discontinued prior to enrollment.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Patient has received previous trastuzumab, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, or other
anti-cancer agents (including investigational agents) for this malignancy.

- Patient will be receiving GNRH agonists such as goserelin (Zoladex) or leuprolide
acetate (Lupron) concomitantly with chemotherapy for the purpose of preventing breast
cancer recurrence.

- Patient has inflammatory breast cancer (pT4d) or metastatic breast cancer.

- Patient has uncontrolled intercurrent illness including, but not limited to, ongoing
or active infection, symptomatic congestive heart failure, unstable angina pectoris,
cardiac arrhythmia or psychiatric illness/social situations that would limit
compliance with study requirements.

- Patient has pre-existing persistent neuropathy.

- The patient has received prior chemotherapy or radiotherapy or any malignancy within
the past 2 years.

- Patient has received prior docetaxel or cyclophosphamide within the past 5 years.

- Patient has known contraindication or hypersensitivity to docetaxel, cyclophosphamide
or pegfilgrastim.

Type of Study:


Study Design:

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

Outcome Measure:

Tolerability and Feasibility for dose dense schedule

Outcome Description:

Evaluate the tolerability and feasibility of delivering 4 cycles (1 cycle = 2 weeks) of docetaxel and cyclophosphamide (TC) on a dose-dense (q2week) schedule with pegfilgrastim support. This regimen will be referred to as dose-dense (dd)TC.

Outcome Time Frame:

4 cycles each 2 weeks in length for a total of 8 weeks

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Amye J Tevaarwerk, MD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

University of Wisconsin, Madison


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

June 2011

Completion Date:

June 2014

Related Keywords:

  • Female Breast Cancer
  • breast cancer
  • female
  • women
  • adjuvant
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Carcinoma



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