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Cancer. 1981 Oct 1;48(7):1522-7.

One-day VATH (vinblastine, Adriamycin, thiotepa, and Halotestin) therapy for advanced breast cancer refractory to chemotherapy.


Twenty-nine postmenopausal patients with metastatic breast cancer refractory to conventional combination chemotherapy underwent treatment with a combination of vinblastine, Adriamycin, thiotepa, and Halotestin given once every 21 days. Thirteen patients (45%) responded with a greater than 50% regression of measurable tumor. Responses occurred in nine of 12 patients (75%) with visceral dominant disease and were recognized in four of 15 (27%) with osseous dominant disease (another 5 improved for a total improvement of 60%). The median duration of response was 11 months. The median survival times were 16 months for responders and eight months for those with progressive disease. Response rate was not affected by age, number of years after menopause, number of metastatic sites involved, or number of systemic treatment modalities previously used, but may have been adversely affected by late stage at original diagnosis, short time from diagnosis, poor response to primary chemotherapy, and dose modification. This combination of drugs is a convenient, tolerable, and effective regimen for treating breast cancer refractory to primary chemotherapy regimens currently in use.

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