The objective of this paper is to review the data supporting the use of docetaxel in the treatment of breast cancer, focusing on pharmacokinetics, effcacy in adjuvant and metastatic trials alone and in combination with chemotherapeutic and targeted agents, and the toxicity of docetaxel in comparison to paclitaxel. Docetaxel is a semisynthetic product derived from the European yew tree Taxus baccata L. It promotes the assembly of microtubules, stabilizes them, and thereby prevents their depolymerization. Docetaxel has been incorporated into neo-adjuvant chemotherapy regimens, both with and without anthracyclines. The inclusion of taxanes such as docetaxel in polychemotherapy regimens in early breast cancer is associated with a statistically signifcant reduction in mortality. As a single agent, docetaxel is highly active in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer. In frst-line treatment of metastatic breast cancer, the combination of docetaxel and capecitabine was associated with an improvement in overall survival; however, toxicity was higher. The toxicity profle of docetaxel has been well documented and is predictable; the most frequent adverse effects are neutropenia and febrile neutropenia. Taxane-specifc adverse effects, such as peripheral neuropathy, are also expected but are manageable with appropriate dosing and scheduling. © 2013 Alken and Kelly. This work is published by Dove Medical Press Limited.




S., A., & C.M., K. (2013). Benefit risk assessment and update on the use of docetaxel in the management of breast cancer. Cancer Management and Research, 5(1), 357–365. https://doi.org/10.2147/CMAR.S49321 LK  - http://sfx.library.uu.nl/utrecht?sid=EMBASE&issn=11791322&id=doi:10.2147%2FCMAR.S49321&atitle=Benefit+risk+assessment+and+update+on+the+use+of+docetaxel+in+the+management+of+breast+cancer&stitle=Cancer+Manage.+Res.&title=Cancer+Management+and+Research&volume=5&issue=1&spage=357&epage=365&aulast=Alken&aufirst=Scheryll&auinit=S.&aufull=Alken+S.&coden=&isbn=&pages=357-365&date=2013&auinit1=S&auinitm=

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