Radiation Oncology/Breast/Prevention

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Prevention trials[edit]

  • Breast Cancer Prevention Trial (NSABP P-1), 1998 (1992-7)
    • 13000+ pts. Tested the hypothesis that tamoxifen could be used for breast cancer prevention. Enrolled high risk women who were 1) age 60 or older, 2) age 35-59 with a 5-year predicted risk of cancer of at least 1.66% (by Gail model), or 3) history of LCIS. Randomized to placebo vs tamoxifen 20 mg x 5 yrs.
    • PMID 9747868 Full text, 1998 — "Tamoxifen for prevention of breast cancer: report of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project P-1 Study." Fisher B et al. J Natl Cancer Inst. 1998 Sep 16;90(18):1371-88.
      • Reduced risk of invasive breast cancer by 49% (43.4 vs 22 per 1000). 56% reduction for pts with LCIS and 86% for atypical hyperplasia. Reduced non-invasive breast cancer by 50%. No difference in ER-negative tumors. Risk of endometrial cancer RR=2.53. No decrease in ischemic heart disease events. Decrease in bone fractures.
    • PMID 16288118, 2005 — "Tamoxifen for the prevention of breast cancer: current status of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project P-1 study." Fisher B et al. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2005 Nov 16;97(22):1652-62.
      • 7-yr f/u. Reduce rate of invasive cancer by 43% (42.5 vs 24.8 per 1000). Reduced non-invasive cancer by 37%. Reduced osteoporotic fractures by 32%.
  • STAR: Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene (NSABP P-2) (1999-2004)
    • Randomized to tamoxifen 20 mg or raloxifene 60 mg x 5 yrs. Entry criteria similar to BCPT except pre-menopausal women not allowed.
    • Target goal: 22,000 women.
    • PMID 16754727, 2006 — "Effects of Tamoxifen vs Raloxifene on the Risk of Developing Invasive Breast Cancer and Other Disease Outcomes: The NSABP Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene (STAR) P-2 Trial." Vogel VG et al. JAMA. 2006 June 21;295:2727-2741.
      • Raloxifene as effective as Tamoxifen in reducing risk of invasive breast cancer. Lower risk of thromboembolic events and cataracts. Higher risk of non-invasive cancer (but N.S.). Other effects are similar.
    • Quality of life: PMID 16754728, 2006 — "Patient-Reported Symptoms and Quality of Life During Treatment With Tamoxifen or Raloxifene for Breast Cancer Prevention: The NSABP Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene (STAR) P-2 Trial." Land SR et al. JAMA. 2006 Jun 21;295:2742-2751.
  • IBIS-1 Internation Breast Cancer Intervention study, 2002
    • Similar to Breast Cancer Prevention Trial. Risk reduction of 32%. This is thought to be less than that in BCPT because there was less atypical hyperplasia in this trial.
    • PMID 12243915 — "First results from the International Breast Cancer Intervention Study (IBIS-I): a randomised prevention trial." Cuzick J et al. Lancet. 2002 Sep 14;360(9336):817-24.
  • Prophylactic Mastectomy (Hartmann, et al. NEJM 1999, 340, 77)·
    • Mayo Clinic data suggest a 90% reduction in risk of developing breast cancer
    • 639 moderate and high risk women underwent prophylactic mastectomy 1960 - 1993
    • this only applies to patients at moderate - high risk of developing breast by the Gail model
    • PMID 9887158

Hormonal therapy[edit]

Raloxifene[edit]

  • PMID 16837684 - Risk-Benefit Profiles of Raloxifene for Women (Editorial) (Stefanick ML, NEJM 2006 Jul 13; 355(2):190-192)
    • RUTH: Raloxifene Use for the Heart (raloxifene 60mg in post-menopausal women at risk or with CHD)
      • CHD: no impact
      • BCA: -44% = 1.2 fewer cases per 1000 women/year
      • vertebaral fxs: -35% = 1.3 fewer cases per 1000 women/year
      • venous thromboembolism +44% = 1.2 excess cases per 1000 women/year
      • fatal stroke +49% = 0.7 excess cases per 1000 women/year
      • Conclusion: raloxifene BCA benefit probably not worth the risk in women at risk for CHD
    • Women's Health Initiative (postomenpausal women at average risk for BCA [trial placebo group], using raloxifene stats from RUTH)
      • BCA: 1.7 fewer cases per 1000 women/year
      • Conclusion: raloxifiene BCA benefit minimal in "average risk" postmenopausal women, given the risk
    • Breast Cancer Prevention Trial (tamoxifen in post-menopausal women at risk for BCA)
      • BCA: -49% = 3.3 fewer cases per 1000 women/year
    • STAR: Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene (women at high risk for BCA)
      • no placebo group; similar rates of invasive BCA => comparable efficacy of tamoxifen and raloxifene => ~3.3 fewer cases per 1000 women/year)
    • Editorial conclusion Raloxifene efficacy at preventing BCA vs. causing thromboembolism/stroke depends on level of BCA risk. It is probably not worth it for "average risk" post-menopausal women.

Guidelines[edit]

  • ASCO Clinical Practice Guideline
    • 2009 - PMID 19470930 link — "American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline Update on the Use of Pharmacologic Interventions Including Tamoxifen, Raloxifene, and Aromatase Inhibition for Breast Cancer Risk Reduction." (Visvanathan K, J Clin Oncol. 2009 Jul 1;27(19):3235-58.)

Prophylactic Breast Irradiation[edit]

  • Columbia; 2007 PMID 17971581 -- "Reducing second breast cancers: a potential role for prophylactic mammary irradiation." (Brenner DJ, J Clin Oncol. 2007 Nov 1;25(31):4868-72.)
    • Suggestion of a potential benefit of low dose (17-22 Gy) ipsilateral (in case of APBI) and/or contralateral prophylactic breast irradiation