Combination therapy with docetaxel in the adjuvant treatment of breast cancer
The following table presents treatment emergent adverse reactions observed in 744 patients, who were treated with docetaxel 75 mg/m 2 every 3 weeks in combination with doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide (see Table 6).
|Docetaxel 75 mg/m 2 + Doxorubicin 50 mg/m 2 + Cyclophosphamide 500 mg/m 2 (TAC) n=744 %||Fluorouracil 500 mg/m 2 + Doxorubicin 50 mg/m 2 + Cyclophosphamide 500 mg/m 2 (FAC) n=736 %|
|Adverse Reaction||Any||Grade 3/4||Any||Grade 3/4|
|Fever in absence of infection||47||1||17||0|
|Fluid Retention *||35||1||15||0|
Of the 744 patients treated with TAC, 36.3% experienced severe treatment-emergent adverse reactions compared to 26.6% of the 736 patients treated with FAC. Dose reductions due to hematologic toxicity occurred in 1% of cycles in the TAC arm versus 0.1% of cycles in the FAC arm. Six percent of patients treated with TAC discontinued treatment due to adverse reactions, compared to 1.1% treated with FAC; fever in the absence of infection and allergy being the most common reasons for withdrawal among TAC-treated patients. Two patients died in each arm within 30 days of their last study treatment; 1 death per arm was attributed to study drugs.
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