Higher Doses of Paclitaxel Fail to Improve Survival Rates in Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer

University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center
Ultima Vez Modificado: 18 de mayo del 1998

Share article

Each year approximately 45,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. New research demonstrates that higher doses of Paclitaxel (Taxol) are not necessarily more effective in patients with advanced breast cancers, and that patients can be spared the increased toxicities associated with high doses.

This study of 475 women with metastatic breast cancer found that higher-than-standard doses of Paclitaxel, one of the standard therapies for treating women with advanced breast cancer, does not improve survival, and that the drug's efficacy actually declined at higher doses (28% tumor response rate at a moderate dose, but only 22% at a higher dose). This finding is particularly relevant given the trend in recent years to increase the dose of chemotherapy agents with the presumption that they will be more active, a hypothesis that had not yet been fully tested.

[ Original Abstract ]

I Wish You Knew

How cancer patients have changed my life

View More

Blogs and Web Chats

OncoLink Blogs give our readers a chance to react to and comment on key cancer news topics and provides a forum for OncoLink Experts and readers to share opinions and learn from each other.

OncoLink OncoPilot

Frente a un nuevo diagnóstico de cáncer o de cambiar el curso de su tratamiento actual? Deje que nuestro personal de enfermería cáncer que ayudan a pasar!

Más información