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A Large, Uniquely Simple, Randomised Study to Assess Much More Reliably the Balance of Benefits and Risks of Prolonging Adjuvant Tamoxifen Treatment in Early Breast Cancer (NCT00003678)

RATIONALE: Estrogen can stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells. Hormone therapy using tamoxifen may fight breast cancer by blocking the uptake of estrogen by the tumor cells. PURPOSE: Randomized phase III trial to compare the effectiveness of at least 2 years of tamoxifen with that of 5 additional years of tamoxifen in treating women who have breast cancer that has been surgically removed.
  • Drug: tamoxifen citrate
    • Procedure: adjuvant therapy
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      Accepts Healthy Volunteers

      - Compare the disease-free and overall survival of women with early breast cancer who are randomized to discontinue adjuvant tamoxifen vs those randomized to continue for at least 5 additional years.

      OUTLINE: This is a randomized study. Patients are stratified for analysis according to duration of tamoxifen given before randomization (2-3 years vs 4-5 years vs 6-7 years vs 8-9 years vs 10 years and over), age (less than 49 vs over 50), and important prognostic factors, including tumor type and grade and nodal and estrogen receptor status. Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms.

      - Arm I: Patients discontinue tamoxifen after at least 2 years of prior treatment.

      - Arm II: Patients continue treatment with tamoxifen for at least 5 additional years in the absence of unacceptable toxicity or disease progression.

      Patients are followed annually.

      Peer Reviewed and Funded or Endorsed by Cancer Research UK

      PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 8,000-20,000 patients will be accrued for this study.

      1 locations

      United Kingdom (1)
      • Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit - Birmingham
        Not specified
        Birmingham, England, United Kingdom, B15 2TT
      30 April, 1991
      17 December, 2013
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