Capecitabine and Paclitaxel (Albumin-Stabilized Nanoparticle Formulation) in Treating Women Undergoing Surgery for Stage II or Stage III Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer
Conditions: official terms
Breast Neoplasms
Conditions: Keywords
inflammatory breast cancer, stage II breast cancer, stage IIIA breast cancer, stage IIIB breast cancer
Study Type
Study Phase
Phase 2/Phase 3
Study Design
Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Name: capecitabine Type: Drug
Name: paclitaxel albumin-stabilized nanoparticle formulation Type: Drug
Name: neoadjuvant therapy Type: Procedure
Overall Status
RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as capecitabine and paclitaxel (albumin-stablized nanoparticle formulation, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Giving more than one drug (combination chemotherapy) before surgery may make the tumor smaller and reduce the amount of normal tissue that needs to be removed.

PURPOSE: This phase II/III trial is studying how well giving capecitabine together with paclitaxel (albumin-stabilized nanoparticle formulation) works in treating women undergoing surgery for stage II or stage III breast cancer.
Detailed Description


- Determine the rate of pathological complete response (i.e., tumor completely gone) in women with previously untreated, unresected, stage II-IIIB breast cancer treated with neoadjuvant therapy comprising capecitabine and paclitaxel (albumin-stabilized nanoparticle formulation) (Abraxane^®).


- Evaluate the safety of this regimen in these patients.

- Determine overall clinical response rate in patients treated with this regimen.

OUTLINE: Patients receive up to 4 courses of capecitabine and paclitaxel (nanoparticle albumin-stabilized formulation) (Abraxane^®) in the absence of disease progression. Patients then undergo definitive surgical resection of the tumor off study.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 33 patients will be accrued for this study.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Female

- Histologically confirmed infiltrating carcinoma of the breast or inflammatory breast cancer

- Stage II-IIIB disease (T1-4, N1-2, M0)

- Previously untreated disease

- Previously unresected disease

- High-risk disease that is not resectable by lumpectomy alone

- Any HER2/neu status (positive, negative, or unknown) allowed

- Hormone receptor status:

- Any estrogen/progesterone status (positive, negative, or unknown) allowed


- Female

- Menopausal status not specified

- ECOG performance status 0-2

- Life expectancy > 3 months

- Absolute neutrophil count > 1,500/mm³

- Platelet count > 100,000/mm³

- Hemoglobin > 9.0 g/dL

- Creatinine < 1.5 mg/dL

- Bilirubin < 1.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)

- ALT and AST < 2.5 times ULN (5 times ULN if due to Gilbert's disease)

- Alkaline phosphatase < 2.5 times ULN (5 times ULN if due to Gilbert's disease)


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Washington Cancer Institute at Washington Hospital Center
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Clinical Trials Office - Washington Cancer Institute - 202-877-8839
Start Date
July 2006
Washington Hospital Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Record processing date processed this data on July 28, 2015 page