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Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2011 Nov;130(1):123-31. doi: 10.1007/s10549-011-1698-5. Epub 2011 Aug 9.

SWOG S0215: a phase II study of docetaxel and vinorelbine plus filgrastim with weekly trastuzumab for HER2-positive, stage IV breast cancer.

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  • 1Arizona Cancer Center, Hematology/Oncology Section, Tucson, AZ, 85724-5024, USA.


SWOG trial S0102 showed significant activity of the combination of docetaxel and vinorelbine in HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer (MBC). For HER2-positive patients, additional benefit may occur with the addition of trastuzumab due to its synergy with docetaxel and vinorelbine. Patients with HER2-positive MBC, but without prior chemotherapy for MBC or adjuvant taxane, were eligible. Docetaxel (60 mg/m²) was given intravenously on Day 1, vinorelbine (27.5 mg/m²) intravenously on Days 8 and 15, and filgrastim (5 µg/kg) on Days 2-21 of a 21-day cycle. In addition, patients received weekly infusions of trastuzumab (2 mg/kg) after an initial bolus of 4 mg/kg. The primary outcome was 1 year overall survival (OS), with secondary outcomes of progression-free survival (PFS), response rate, and toxicity. Due to slow accrual (February 2003-December 2006), enrollment was stopped after 76 of 90 planned patients. There have been 32 deaths and 51 progressions among the 74 eligible patients who received treatment. The estimated 1 year OS was 93% (95% CI 84-97%) with a median of 48 months. One-year PFS was 70% (95% CI 58-79%) with a median of 20 months. Response rate for measurable disease was 84%. No deaths were attributed to treatment. Grade 4 toxicities were reported for 19% with neutropenia the most common (15%). The most common grade 3 toxicities (33%) were leucopenia (14%) and fatigue (10%). The combination of trastuzumab, docetaxel, and vinorelbine is effective as first-line chemotherapy in HER2-positive MBC with minimal toxicity. One-year survival estimates are among the highest reported in this population.


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