Combination of Cytotoxic Drugs for Patients with HER2-Negative Metastatic Breast Cancer

Carmine De Angelis, Monica Milano, Brigida Stanzione, Piera Gargiulo, Sabino De Placido, Grazia Arpino
2013 Combination Products in Therapy  
In the last few decades the approach to metastatic breast cancer (MBC) treatment using chemotherapy, either as single or combination agents, has been largely studied and a wide spectrum of therapeutic options is now available. Anthracyclines and taxanes remain the cornerstone of treatment in this setting. The choice of combination chemotherapy versus monochemotherapy is still open to debate since results from clinical trials are, unfortunately, conflicting. Despite improvements in response and
more » ... ts in response and disease-free survival rates, there has been no overall survival benefit reported although toxicity is increased. Therefore, based on available data, clinical decision-making for a busy practitioner should consider not only patient/tumor characteristics and the potential benefits of treatments, but also their toxicity profiles and patient preferences. Novel cytotoxic compounds have been approved for clinical use and combination regimens incorporating these agents may bring new treatment opportunities for MBC patients. In this review, we summarize the main achievements and the currently available and future combinations of cytotoxic drugs for patients with HER2-negative MBC. Arpino declare that they have no financial relationships with companies whose products are mentioned in this article.
doi:10.1007/s13556-013-0004-8 fatcat:ovsxwig2ujcwnocxz2oimdzmcq