Adjuvant Chemotherapy of Breast Cancer

Papers Presented at the 2nd International Conference on Adjuvant Chemotherapy of Breast Cancer, Kantonsspital St. Gallen, Switzerland, March 1 – 3, 1984

  • Hans-Jörg Senn

Part of the Recent Results in Cancer Research book series (RECENTCANCER, volume 96)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Scientific Basis of Adjuvant Chemotherapy in Breast Cancer

  3. Experience of Randomized Trials with Surgical Controls

    1. R. Nissen-Meyer, H. Høst, K. Kjellgren, B. Månsson, T. Norin
      Pages 48-54
    2. B. Fisher, E. R. Fisher, C. Redmond, Participating NSABP Investigators
      Pages 55-65
    3. G. Bonadonna, A. Rossi, G. Tancini, P. Valagussa, U. Veronesi
      Pages 66-73
    4. A. Howell, R. D. Rubens, H. Bush, W. D. George, J. M. T. Howat, D. Crowther et al.
      Pages 74-89
    5. H. J. Senn, W. F. Jungi, R. Amgwerd, E. Hochuli, J. Ammann, G. Engelhart et al.
      Pages 90-101
  4. Experience of Non-Randomized Trials with Historical or Mached Surgical Controls

    1. G. R. Blumenschein, A. U. Buzdar, G. N. Hortobagyi
      Pages 129-132
    2. S. E. Jones, R. J. Brooks, B. J. Takasugi, H. S. Garewal, G. F. Giordano, S. J. Ketchel et al.
      Pages 133-140
    3. A. U. Buzdar, T. L. Smith, C. E. Marcus, G. N. Hortobagyi, G. R. Blumenschein
      Pages 141-147
  5. Experience of Randomized Trials Without Surgical Controls

  6. Remaining Problems of Adjuvant Chemotherapy in Breast Cancer

  7. Closing Remarks and Outlook

    1. G. A. Nagel
      Pages 237-241
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 242-246

About this book


H.-J. Senn Adjuvant Chemotherapy (ACT) of breast cancer has now emerged as one of the controversial su):>jects in clinical and also experimental oncology. Driven by growing frustration about stagnating cure rates in breast cancer [1,4] and stimulated by elegant demonstration of highly curative effects of adjuvant systemic therapy in animal models [6, 11] and in several childhood neoplasias [15], researchers introduced ACT to the primary treatment of breast cancer with great hope some 15 years ago. After a first wave of isolated "historic" trials with generally limited but in one case remarkable success [5, 9], a second generation of ACT studies was initiated by NSABP investigators and oncology centers in Europe [2, 6, 13]. These trials were well conducted statistically and diagnostically, and all in the early 1970s included a surgical control arm. Early and intermediate beneficial effects on relapse-free survival (RFS) after 2-3 years median observation time then prompted a whole series of ACT studies in breast cancer. These "third-gener­ ation" studies usually regarded some positive influence of ACT as a given fact, dropping surgical control regimens and comparing different ACT regimens, hopefully in a prospective, randomized way 1984 Fig. 1. The mushrooming of adjuvant studies in breast cancer XII Introduction [reviews in 3, 14]. The "mushrooming" of ACT studies in breast cancer during the last 10 and especially 5 years is demonstrated in Fig. 1, and it gets really cumbersome even for the insider to keep on top of the multitude of sometimes conflicting data.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Hans-Jörg Senn
    • 1
  1. 1.Medizinische Klinik CKantonsspital St. GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-82359-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-82357-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0080-0015
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