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    Posted: Dec 09 2010 at 11:03pm
New study out and to everyone's suprise it's not looking good   http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40593177/ns/health-cancer/
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I know - I saw that.  Disappointing.  I wonder if the same thing applies to other bisphosphonates like Clodronate?   (two years down, one more to go on the trial).
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I agree, disappointing news.  I had to drop out of the Clodronate arm of the study because of this recurrence and getting into the Parpi trial. 

Now they're looking at a promising new drug, Denosumab, but it's only available for women with bone mets.


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The Denosumab/Prolia does indeed look promising Donna. It is so frustrating, here we have Zometa which has been out for nearly 5 years now and we're just now starting to have a large enough population to tell us what the ups and downs are and the Prolia is a newcomer that looks promising but we just won't know for years and years.
 
I have this picture of all of us sitting around 'in THE home' years from now, all with our walking sticks and playing canasta talking about the silliness of all these drugs and how long it took to find the answers.
 
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Mainy,

I guess this is the path we must follow.  We hear of all these promising drugs/trials, but have to wait years to find out the results.  It makes you wonder about the next new promising drug - will it live up to expectations or not?  Yep, we're lab rats alright!

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Zoledronic Acid Sinks as Breast Cancer Therapy in AZURE Trial

Elsevier Global Medical News. 2010 Dec 10, K Wachter

SAN ANTONIO (EGMN) – In sharp contrast with previous findings, zoledronic acid failed to improve disease-free survival when added to adjuvant chemotherapy for women with stage II/III breast cancer in a highly anticipated phase III trial.

“In terms of primary analysis and primary end point, this is a negative trial,” Dr. Robert Coleman said during a press briefing on Dec. 8 at the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. “It is highly unlikely that this conclusion will change with further follow-up.”

The randomized, open-label AZURE (Adjuvant Treatment with Zoledronic Acid in Stage II/III Breast Cancer) trial involved 3,360 women with stage II/III breast cancer at 174 participating centers. Based on the results, Novartis, maker of zoledronic acid (Zometa), announced that it is withdrawing applications for the drug’s approval as an adjuvant breast cancer treatment in the United States and Europe. The company said it will evaluate its plans based on the data, which did include one positive finding.

Older women who had undergone menopause at least 5 years earlier showed a significant 29% improvement in overall survival with the osteoporosis drug added to standard therapy. This was not true for premenopausal or perimenopausal women, however, and no benefit was seen in disease-free survival, the primary end point.

The National Cancer Research Network in the United Kingdom conducted the study, with partial funding by an academic grant from Novartis. Several study authors reported financial relationships with a number of pharmaceutical companies, including Novartis.

Patients were randomized to either a standard adjuvant therapy alone or in combination with the study drug. In the latter arm, a 4 mg dose of zoledronic acid was given every 3-4 weeks for the first 6 months (six doses). For months 6-30, zoledronic acid was given every 3 months (eight doses). After 30 months, zoledronic acid was given every 6 months (five doses). Treatment with zoledronic acid lasted for 5 years. Patients were included if they had stage II/III breast cancer; the population included node-positive adjuvant patients and T3/T4 or confirmed node-positive neoadjuvant patients. The women could not have any evidence of metastasis. They had to have a complete primary tumor resection and a Karnofsky performance score of at least 80.

Patients were excluded if they had received bisphosphonate treatment in the last year, bone disease (including osteoporosis) at study entry, a serum creatinine level greater than 1.5 ULN, significant ongoing dental problems or planned dental surgery, or other malignancies.

At a median follow-up of 59 months, there was no difference in disease-free survival overall (adjusted hazard ratio 0.98, P = .79) or invasive disease-free survival (adjusted HR = 0.98, P = .73).

“Clearly our results are very different from those published by the ABCSG [the Austrian Breast & Colorectal Cancer Study Group] investigators [study 12],” said Dr. Coleman, professor of medical oncology at the University of Sheffield in England, referring to an earlier study that suggested the bone drug might also prevent breast cancer recurrence (N. Engl. J. Med. 2009; 360:679-691).

The ABCSG-12 study included more than 1,800 premenopausal women with hormone receptor–positive, early-stage breast cancer. Following complete resection and hormone therapy – including goserelin treatment to suppress ovarian function and induce menopause – women were treated with or without zoledronic acid for 3 years. The researchers demonstrated that the addition of 3 years of zoledronic acid therapy to hormonal therapy following surgery improved disease-free survival by 32% (HR .68, P = .009). “In AZURE, ER-positive premenopausal women [the same population as in the ABCSG XII trial] are showing no benefit – in fact, there’s almost a disadvantage with zoledronic acid – and that’s clearly different from ABCSG 12,” said Dr. Coleman.

The AZURE researchers did extensive planned subgroup analyses. “One clearly stands out from all the others. That is the treatment effect on disease-free survival according to menopausal status,” Dr. Coleman noted.

The Azure trial demonstrated a trend toward longer overall survival for all women on zoledronic acid, but this did not achieve significance (adjusted HR = 0.85, P = 0.07). However, there was a clear overall survival benefit for women at least 5 years out from menopause on zoledronic acid. These women had a 29% reduction in the risk of death (P = .017). There was no difference between the control and treatment groups among pre- and perimenopausal women (adjusted HR 1.01, P = .93).

Dr. Coleman speculated that lower levels of estrogen had a role in the responses of older women to zoledronic acid. In the earlier Austrian trial, he noted, younger women were forced into early menopause with hormonal therapy, and that may have played a similar role in the responses seen in that trial.

The impact of estrogen on the micro-environment could be a factor, agreed Dr. Rowan T. Chlebowski at the press briefing. “If you have an estrogen-rich environment, in many cases that estrogen is driving tumor growth. “When you get rid of the estrogen and the estrogen is not running the cell, then the things that bisphosphonates change in the microenvironment – the other pathways that it blocks – can have an effect,” said Dr. Chlebowski, a medical oncologist at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-University of California.

In terms of safety, “zoledronic acid is a pretty well tolerated drug and it’s difficult to see any major differences between the control group and test group in terms of serious adverse events – certainly in terms of chemotherapy toxicities,” Dr. Coleman said.

Notably there were 17 confirmed cases of osteonecrosis of the jaw in the zoledronic acid arm (1.16%) and another 9 possible cases. There were no cases among control patients.

Zometa is approved for the reduction or delay of bone complications (skeletal-related events, or SREs) across a broad range of metastatic cancers (breast, hormone-refractory prostate, lung, and other solid tumors) involving bone and multiple myeloma, as well as for the treatment of hypercalcemia of malignancy (HCM).

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Gilda seems to say it best   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3FnpaWQJO0    "NEVER MIND"!
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A bulletin from the NCI on Zometa.

http://www.cancer.gov/ncicancerbulletin/121410/page3#b
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Zometa Fails to Reduce Recurrence of Early Breast Cancer

Among women with early breast cancer, adjuvant (post-surgery) use of the bisphosphonate drug Zometa® (zoledronic acid) did not reduce the risk of cancer recurrence. These results—from the Phase III AZURE study—were presented at the 2010 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

Zometa is a bisphosphonate drug that is used for the treatment of cancer-related hypercalcemia (high levels of calcium in the blood) and to reduce bone complications from multiple myeloma or bone metastases. Some research has suggested that Zometa may also have anticancer effects. In 2009, for example, results from a Phase III clinical trial conducted by the Austrian Breast and Colorectal Cancer Study Group indicated that Zometa may reduce the risk of cancer recurrence among women with early, hormone receptor-positive breast cancer.[1] The women in this study were initially premenopausal, but were treated with goserelin to suppress ovarian hormone production and induce menopause.

The current Phase III clinical trial is an international study known as AZURE (Adjuvant Zoledronic acid to redUce REcurrence).[2] The study enrolled 3,360 women with Stage II or Stage III breast cancer. Study participants received standard cancer treatment alone or in combination with Zometa.

  • Overall, Zometa did not improve disease-free survival.
  • In the subset of women who were at least five years beyond menopause, Zometa improved overall survival by 29%.
  • Treatment with Zometa carried a small risk of osteonecrosis of the jaw (death of bone in the jaw).

These results do not support the routine use of Zometa to improve cancer outcomes among women with early-stage breast cancer. The possibility that Zometa may benefit postmenopausal women with early breast cancer warrants additional research.

References:


[1] Gnant M, Mlineritsch B, Schippinger W, et al. Endocrine therapy plus zoledronic acid in premenopausal breast cancer. New England Journal of Medicine. 2009;360:679-691.

[2] Coleman RE, Thorpe HC, Cameron D et al. Adjuvant treatment with Zoledronic Acid in stage II/II breast cancer. The AZURE Trial (BIG 01/04). Presented at the 33rd annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, December 8-12, 2010. Abstract S4-5.

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That all being said, I have had premenopausal osteoporosis and since there MAY be some additional anti-cancer benefit (although not enough evidience to make it official) my choice is still to receive Reclast annually (Zometa labeled for osteoporosis) rather than one of the pills.  I know I     know diffent dosing, but what the hell...
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Sara,

I agree with you.  If it offers some benefit for osteoporosis, then what's the harm?

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