Future options with capecitabine (Xeloda) in (neo)adjuvant treatment of breast cancer

Pierre Fumoleau, David Cameron

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As an active and well-tolerated agent in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer, capecitabine (Xeloda, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Basel, Switzerland) has the potential to confer significant clinical benefits in the primary treatment of breast cancer. The minimal myelosuppression and alopecia associated with capecitabine, together with its potential for synergistic activity with a range of other anticancer therapies, lend support to its use in combination regimens with other commonly used cytotoxic agents. Trials to date show that capecitabine combinations incorporating taxanes, vinorelbine, anthracyclines, and cisplatin are active and well tolerated in the metastatic setting. To more fully explore the clinical utility of capecitabine in early breast cancer, an extensive, worldwide phase II/III program is evaluating capecitabine as a component of adjuvant and neoadjuvant therapy. Results presented to date of the large adjuvant and neoadjuvant trials incorporating capecitabine are encouraging and suggest that women with breast cancer might benefit from the activity of capecitabine early in the disease course.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-50
Number of pages6
JournalSeminars in oncology
Issue number5 Suppl 10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2004


  • Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Deoxycytidine
  • Fluorouracil
  • Humans
  • Neoadjuvant Therapy


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