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Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2008 Jul;110(2):327-35. Epub 2007 Sep 13.

A phase II, randomized, blinded study of the farnesyltransferase inhibitor tipifarnib combined with letrozole in the treatment of advanced breast cancer after antiestrogen therapy.

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Department of Medicine, Breast Unit, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Fulham Road, Chelsea, London, UK. stephen.johnston@rmh.nhs.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This study assessed the clinical efficacy of the farnesyltransferase inhibitor, tipifarnib, combined with letrozole in patients with advanced breast cancer and disease progression following antiestrogen therapy.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

Postmenopausal women with estrogen-receptor-positive advanced breast cancer that had progressed after tamoxifen were given 2.5 mg letrozole once daily and were randomly assigned (2:1) to tipifarnib 300 mg (TL) or placebo (L) twice daily for 21 consecutive days in 28-day cycles. The primary endpoint was objective response rate.

RESULTS:

Of 120 patients treated with TL (n = 80) or L (n = 40), 113 were evaluable for response. Objective response rate was 30% (95% CI; 20-41%) for TL and 38% (95% CI; 23-55%) for L. There was no significant difference in response duration, time to disease progression or survival. Clinical benefit rates were 49% (TL) and 62% (L). Tipifarnib was generally well tolerated; a higher incidence of drug-related asymptomatic grade 3/4 neutropenia was observed for TL (18%) than for L (0%). Tipifarnib population pharmacokinetics were similar to previous studies, with no significant difference in trough letrozole concentrations between the TL and L groups.

CONCLUSIONS:

Adding tipifarnib to letrozole did not improve objective response rate in this population of patients with advanced breast cancer.

TRIAL REGISTRATION:

ClinicalTrials.gov NCT00050141.

PMID:
17851757
DOI:
10.1007/s10549-007-9726-1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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