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PURPOSE Epoetin alfa administered at 40,000 U once weekly (qw) to anemic cancer patients receiving chemotherapy increases hemoglobin levels, improves quality of life (QOL), and reduces transfusions. The benefit of epoetin alfa in maintaining hemoglobin levels in cancer patients with hemoglobin less than 12 g/dL has not been evaluated. METHODS Breast(More)
Patients with breast cancer treated with adjuvant chemotherapy experience not only fatigue and menopausal symptoms but also documented cognitive dysfunction and reduced capacity to carry out activities of daily living. The role of epoetin alfa in improving cognition and functional capacity was assessed in a large randomized trial through patient(More)
The Faslodex Investigation of Dose evaluation in Estrogen Receptor-positive advanced breast cancer (FINDER)2 study evaluated the efficacy, safety, and pharmacokinetics (PK) of three fulvestrant dosing regimens. FINDER2 enrolled Western postmenopausal women recurring or progressing after prior endocrine therapy. Primary endpoint: objective response rate(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop a cycle-based risk prediction model for neutropenic complications (NC) during chemotherapy with doxorubicin (DOX) or a pegylated liposomal formulation (PLD) for patients with metastatic breast cancer (MBC). METHODS Data analyzed was from a phase III, randomized clinical trial of DOX (60 mg/m(2) every 3 weeks) or PLD (50 mg/m(2) every(More)
BACKGROUND The use of bisphosphonates for the prevention of skeletal related events in women with bone metastases from breast cancer is well established. We undertook an evaluation of bisphosphonate use in clinical practice in three Canadian cancer centres. In addition we assessed whether or not physicians at these centres are following their local(More)
This randomized, double-blind, phase III trial compared granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF; filgrastim) and leridistim (formerly myelopoietin), a chimeric dual agonist that binds both G-CSF and interleukin-3 receptors, for the prevention of neutropenic complications in patients with breast cancer receiving TAC(More)
Background Cardiac toxicity from anthracyclines (ACH) can lead to therapy discontinuation, hospitalization or congestive heart failure (CHF). Since such risk may vary by patient, we developed and tested a risk-prediction tool for cardiac toxicity in metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patients receiving chemotherapy with doxorubicin, either in its traditional(More)
BACKGROUND The introduction of recombinant human erythropoietin to the management of anemia in cancer patients has resulted in significant reductions in allogeneic blood transfusions, while at the same time contributing to improvements in quality of life. A recent meta-analysis of five randomized, placebo-controlled trials with patient-level data revealed(More)
PURPOSE Anemia in cancer patients can be a result of the underlying cancer or related to treatment. Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) are an important option for many patients with chemotherapy-induced anemia, but are immersed in controversy. This article aims to reconcile conflicting opinions and provide expert guidance for appropriate ESA use. (More)
PURPOSE To evaluate Canadian medical oncologists' perspectives on how barriers to accessing new expensive cancer drugs have affected their practice and their opinions on the drug approval and funding processes. METHODS Canadian medical oncologists treating colorectal cancer (CRC) were surveyed by means of a self-administered, cross-sectional survey. (More)