[Role of supporting therapy of Juzentaiho-to (JTT) in advanced breast cancer patients]

Gan To Kagaku Ryoho. 1989 Apr;16(4 Pt 2-2):1538-43.
[Article in Japanese]


The patients were randomized with the envelope method, dividing into either A- or B-group. A-group was treated with JTT combined with chemoendocrine therapy. B-group was treated with only chemo-endocrine therapy. Between May 1985 and December 1987, 130 pts were used for this trial, 119 pts were evaluable, and 58 pts belonged to A-group and 61 to B-group. The pts characteristics were well balanced in both those groups. There was no significant difference in the response rates between A- and B-groups. The survival rate up to 38 months was not significantly different between the two groups, but in JTT-SHO group, the survival was significantly higher in the pts belonging to the A-group (Greenwood, p less than 0.05). The quality of life (QOL) was expressed as self-assessment scores for physical condition, appetite and the coldness of extremities. It improved significantly in A-group, especially, by prevention of bone marrow suppression by chemotherapy. It was concluded that treatment with JTT is better than without JTT in treatment for advanced breast cancer patients.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • English Abstract
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / adverse effects
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use
  • Breast Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Breast Neoplasms / mortality
  • Breast Neoplasms / rehabilitation
  • Drug Evaluation
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / administration & dosage
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / therapeutic use*
  • Female
  • Fluoxymesterone / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Leukopenia / chemically induced
  • Leukopenia / prevention & control
  • Middle Aged
  • Quality of Life
  • Random Allocation
  • Tamoxifen / therapeutic use
  • Thrombocytopenia / chemically induced
  • Thrombocytopenia / prevention & control


  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal
  • Tamoxifen
  • Fluoxymesterone