Somatuline (BIM 23014) and tamoxifen treatment of postmenopausal breast cancer patients: clinical activity and effect on insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) levels

Anticancer Res. Nov-Dec 1995;15(6B):2687-90.


Somatostatin analogues have been shown to suppress some hormones and growth factors involved in breast tumour growth and a direct in vivo and clinical antimumour effect has recently been reported. In our study the effects of tamoxifen, combined with a depot somatostatin analogue in 33 postmenopausal untreated breast cancer patients, have been evaluated. Blood samples were obtained before treatment, after 14 days and then monthly, in order to evaluate the behaviour of serum IGF-I, GH and somatuline levels. The drug combination resulted in a significant and synergistic reduction of plasma IGF-I concentration. No significant changes of serum GH were observed. 12.5% of patients exhibited a complete response and 37.5% a partial response for an overall objective response rate of 50% (95% CL 35-69%). The high remission rate reported, the absence of overlapping side effects between tamoxifen and somatuline and the synergistic activity on IGF-I suppression justify a further evaluation of the drug-combination.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Clinical Trial, Phase II

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal / therapeutic use*
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / adverse effects
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use*
  • Biomarkers, Tumor / blood*
  • Breast Neoplasms / blood
  • Breast Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Breast Neoplasms / mortality
  • Disease Progression
  • Drug Synergism
  • Female
  • Growth Hormone / blood
  • Humans
  • Insulin-Like Growth Factor I / analysis*
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Proteins / blood*
  • Octreotide / administration & dosage
  • Octreotide / adverse effects
  • Octreotide / analogs & derivatives
  • Peptides, Cyclic*
  • Postmenopause
  • Remission Induction
  • Somatostatin* / analogs & derivatives*
  • Tamoxifen / administration & dosage
  • Tamoxifen / adverse effects
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal
  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • Peptides, Cyclic
  • Tamoxifen
  • lanreotide
  • Somatostatin
  • Insulin-Like Growth Factor I
  • Growth Hormone
  • Octreotide