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Review of the ATAC study: tamoxifen versus anastrozole in early-stage breast cancer.

Needleman, SJ; Tobias, JS; (2008) Review of the ATAC study: tamoxifen versus anastrozole in early-stage breast cancer. Expert Rev Anticancer Ther , 8 (12) pp. 1871-1881. 10.1586/14737140.8.12.1871.

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Abstract

A 5-year regimen of tamoxifen hormone therapy has historically been the recommendation for hormone receptor-positive, postmenopausal women with early-stage breast cancer. With the advent of aromatase inhibitors, there has been extensive work carried out to investigate the role of these agents in the adjuvant setting. Studies have been designed to answer whether these agents should be used upfront (instead of tamoxifen) or in conjunction (either in a switch or extended program). The Arimidex, Tamoxifen Alone or in Combination (ATAC) trial is a landmark trial that demonstrated the superiority of upfront anastrozole over tamoxifen. This article reviews the trial and discusses both the optimum timing of initiation of aromatase inhibitors and the future approach of more individualized therapy, with the detection of predictive markers.

Type: Article
Title: Review of the ATAC study: tamoxifen versus anastrozole in early-stage breast cancer.
Location: England
DOI: 10.1586/14737140.8.12.1871
Keywords: Anastrozole, Antineoplastic Agents, Breast Neoplasms, Early Diagnosis, Humans, Nitriles, Tamoxifen, Triazoles
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > UCL Medical School
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1492524
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