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Am J Clin Oncol. 2015 Dec;38(6):641-4. doi: 10.1097/COC.0000000000000166.

Interaction of Salicylates and the Other Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents With Breast Cancer Endocrine Treatment: Systematic Review.

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Department of Medical Laboratories, Faculty of Health and Caring Professions, Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Athens, Greece.


Despite advances in breast cancer treatment, mortality from breast cancer is still high. Undoubtedly, novel treatment strategies are needed for chemoprevention of high-risk women and for the treatment of receptor-negative breast cancer. An appealing strategy would be the combination of breast endocrine treatment with salicylates and the other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs). This systematic review aimed to synthesize evidence on the possible synergistic antitumor effect of breast cancer endocrine treatment with salicylates and the other NSAIDs. Electronic databases were searched with the appropriate search terms. Most of the identified studies investigated the possible synergistic effect of exemestane with celecoxib in different clinical settings including metastatic treatment, adjuvant treatment, ductal carcinoma in situ. The possible synergistic effect of tamoxifen with celecoxib was investigated in one experimental study and the possible synergistic effect of exemestane with aspirin was investigated in another experimental study. Synergistic effect was detected in the majority of the studies. In conclusion, existing limited evidence suggests synergistic interaction of salicylates and the other NSAIDs in the treatment of estrogen responsive breast cancer with clinical implications in the reversal of acquired resistance to breast cancer endocrine treatment and in chemoprophylaxis.

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