Letrozole : in postmenopausal hormone-responsive early-stage breast cancer

Lesley J Scott, Susan J Keam
Drugs 2006, 66 (3): 353-62
Letrozole is a highly selective, nonsteroidal, third-generation aromatase inhibitor approved for first-line and extended adjuvant therapy in postmenopausal women with hormone-responsive, early-stage breast cancer. Binding of letrozole to the haeme component of the cytochrome P450 subunit of aromatase inhibits estrogen biosynthesis throughout the body. As first-line adjuvant therapy in approximate, equals 8000 postmenopausal women with hormone-responsive, early-stage breast cancer, once-daily letrozole 2.5mg significantly prolonged disease-free survival (DFS; primary endpoint) and reduced the risk of relapse at distant sites relative to once-daily tamoxifen 20mg in the ongoing Breast International Group 1-98, double-blind, multinational trial. The median duration of follow-up for this primary core analysis was 25.8 months. Extended adjuvant therapy with once-daily letrozole 2.5mg significantly prolonged DFS relative to placebo treatment at a median follow-up of 30 months (primary endpoint) in the MA-17 trial in approximate, equals 5000 postmenopausal women who were disease free after 4.5-6 years of tamoxifen therapy for hormone-responsive, early-stage breast cancer. Letrozole treatment for up to 5 years was generally well tolerated in this clinical setting. As first-line treatment, relative to tamoxifen, letrozole was associated with a significantly lower incidence of venous thromboembolitic events, vaginal bleeding, hot flushes and night sweating, whereas the incidence of cardiac failure, bone fractures and arthralgia was higher in letrozole recipients.

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