Anti-Hormonal Therapies for Premenopausal Patients – What did we Learn from the TEXT/SOFT Trials?

Author(s): Matias E. Valsecchi, Gonzalo Recondo, Maximo de la Vega, Martin Greco, Gonzalo Recondo, Enrique Diaz Canton

Journal Name: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials

Volume 10 , Issue 2 , 2015

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Between 20–25% of all breast cancers are diagnosed in patients younger than 50 years of age, most of whom are still premenopausal. Currently, tamoxifen is considered the standard of care for adjuvant treatment in these cases. However, in postmenopausal women, aromatase inhibitors (AIs) are a better choice. Given the superiority of AIs over tamoxifen in postmenopausal women, multiple investigators explored the potential role of AIs in premenopausal patients receiving ovarian suppression. Until very recently, available data derived from the ABCSG-12 clinical trial argued against the combination of AIs and ovarian suppression. This idea, however, may have changed with the release of the combined analysis of two clinical trials: SOFT and TEXT which evaluated the use of ovarian suppression in combination therapy. Clinicians will soon reconsider the possibility of using this strategy for premenopausal patients. Given the availability of this new data this review will analyze the consequences derived from this study, contextualize this new information within the vast available literature of anti-hormonal therapy, and discuss potential arguments in favor of and against the use of this approach.

Keywords: Breast Cancer, SOFT, TEXT, tamoxifen, exemestane, triptorelin.

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Year: 2015
Published on: 14 July, 2015
Page: [90 - 100]
Pages: 11
DOI: 10.2174/157488711002150714134611
Price: $65

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