Trastuzumab in Combination With Vinorelbine or Taxane-Based Chemotherapy in Patients With Metastatic Breast Cancer

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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Status and phase

Phase 3


Breast Cancer
Stage IV Breast Cancer


Drug: Trastuzumab
Drug: Paclitaxel
Drug: Docetaxel
Drug: Vinorelbine

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


The purpose of this study is to compare two different combinations of chemotherapy with trastuzumab as initial treatment for HER2 positive advanced breast cancer. Half of the patients will receive trastuzumab in combination with a taxane form of chemotherapy (either paclitaxel or docetaxel), while the other group will receive trastuzumab in combination with vinorelbine.

Full description

All patients will receive trastuzumab then be randomized into one of two arms. Arm A: Trastuzumab in combination with weekly vinorelbine and Arm B: Trastuzumab in combination with a weekly taxane-based regimen, either paclitaxel or docetaxel, chosen at the discretion of the investigator. Treatment is administered on an outpatient basis. Trastuzumab is administered weekly. There is a one-time loading dose for the first week of the first cycle. For that initial treatment, only, the trastuzumab dose is 4mg/kg. The dose for all subsequent weekly trastuzumab treatments is 2mg/kg. Arm A: vinorelbine is administered every week and the dose is adjusted based on the absolute neutrophil count for that week. Vinorelbine is given after trastuzumab. Arm B: Either paclitaxel given weekly (dose bases on absolute neutrophil count) or docetaxel given on weeks 1,2,3,5,6,7 of each 8-week cycle (dose based upon absolute neutrophil count). Patients on paclitaxel will also receive dexamethasone, diphenhydramine and ranitidine to help prevent allergic or hypersensitivity reactions. Patients on docetaxel will receive dexamethasone to help reduce fluid retention or edema. Every 8 weeks the patients cancer will be re-evaluated to see if the treatment is working. If the treatment appears to be working, treatment will continue. Standard radiological testing (x-rays, CT scan, radioactive drug scans, or MRI's) will be used to follow the disease treatment. Heart function will be measured after 16 weeks to be sure it is safe to continue treatment. Every 8 weeks, patients' will be asked to complete a brief written survey that asks about symptoms and side effects. Patients' will remain on the treatment as long as there is no disease progression or unacceptable side effects.




18+ years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed invasive breast cancer, with stage IV disease
  • Tumors must be HER2 overexpressing
  • Measurable disease, defined as a least one lesion that can be accurately measured in at least one dimension
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Life expectancy of greater than 6 months
  • ECOG performance status of 0-2
  • ANC count > 1,500/mm3
  • Platelets > 100,000/mm3
  • Total bilirubin < 1.5 mg/dl
  • AST/ALT < 115 U/I
  • Creatinine < 2.0 mg/dl
  • Glucose < 200 mg/dl
  • LVEF > 50%

Exclusion criteria

  • Prior chemotherapy or prior trastuzumab therapy for metastatic breast cancer
  • Concurrent hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, or radiation treatments
  • Pregnant or lactating women
  • Known brain metastases or leptomeningeal carcinomatosis
  • History of grade 3 or 4 allergic reactions attributed to compounds of similar chemical or biologic composition to the agents in this study
  • Pre-existing neuropathy from any cause in excess of grade 1
  • Uncontrolled intercurrent illness
  • History of other non-breast cancer malignancy except for carcinoma in situ of the cervix or non-melanoma skin cancer
  • Patients taking macrolide antibiotics, ketoconazole, or AZT

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


None (Open label)

Trial contacts and locations



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