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Combo Therapy Better for Breast Cancer

Friday, 03 Aug 2012 11:07 AM


Combination drug therapy has been found to be more effective in treating advanced breast cancer than a single medication alone, significantly extending the lives of patients.
A study of more than 700 women by University of California-Irvine Medical Center researchers determined the combination of anastrozole and fulvestrant extended the survival of patients with with hormone receptor-positive metastatic breast cancer – where tumors have spread to other parts of the body – by more than six months, compared to the use of standard therapy with only anastrozole.
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Women taking the two drugs typically survived 47.7 months, compared to 41.3 months for those taking a single medication, according to the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine
"The combination offers a new standard for first-line treatment of postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive metastatic breast cancer," said lead researcher Dr. Rita Mehta. "It has been many years since these patients have seen a new treatment that can significantly extend their overall survival time."
Anastrozole (Arimidex) and fulvestrant (Faslodex) are anti-estrogen drugs used in treating breast cancer, though not in combination. Anastrozole suppresses the body's production of tumor-promoting estrogen, while fulvestrant blocks the receptors that estrogen uses to drive tumor cells to grow and reproduce.
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The study involved 707 postmenopausal breast cancer patients at 73 U.S. institutions.
The study was funded, in part, by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health.


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