Safety and efficacy of using a single agent or a phase II agent before instituting standard combination chemotherapy in previously untreated metastatic breast cancer patients: Report of a randomized study - Cancer and Leukemia Group B 8642 Academic Article Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Neoadjuvant Therapy
  • Neoplasm, Residual
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic


  • The brief use of a phase II agent, regardless of its efficacy, followed by CAF resulted in response rates, toxicities, durations of response, and survival statistically equivalent to those seen with the use of CAF alone. These findings support the use of a new paradigm for the evaluation of phase II agents in the treatment of patients with metastatic breast cancer.

publication date

  • January 1999



  • Academic Article


PubMed ID

  • 10334524

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 1397

end page

  • 406


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