Taxanes in adjuvant breast cancer setting: which standard in Europe?

Crit Rev Oncol Hematol. 2005 Sep;55(3):167-75. doi: 10.1016/j.critrevonc.2005.04.003.


The clinical studies of cooperators groups (trials CALGB 9344, NSABP-B-28, BCIRG 001, PACS01 and CALGB 9741) demonstrated, in the adjuvant breast cancer setting, that taxanes (paclitaxel and docetaxel) improved both disease free and overall survival (trials CALGB 9344, BCIRG 001 and PACS 01). However, the debate remains open in Europe. Less than 50% of the expert present at the last St. Gallen Conference recommended the use of taxanes in adjuvant setting. The reasons for this are primarily related to the fact that the comparator arms of cooperators group (AC, FAC and FEC 100) are considered by some Europe groups as being less effective than the European standards (chemotherapy (CMF) and Epirubicine-CMF). Many questions remain unanswered, including whether the use of taxanes should be sequential or concomitant, and which population would benefit from such a treatment: patients with hormone-receptor negative disease and/or the HER-2 positive tumors?

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic / therapeutic use*
  • Breast Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Breast Neoplasms / mortality
  • Chemotherapy, Adjuvant / standards*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Disease-Free Survival
  • Docetaxel
  • Europe
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Paclitaxel / therapeutic use*
  • Taxoids / therapeutic use*


  • Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
  • Taxoids
  • Docetaxel
  • Paclitaxel