Tamoxifen plus tegafur-uracil (TUFT) versus tamoxifen plus Adriamycin (doxorubicin) and cyclophosphamide (ACT) as adjuvant therapy to treat node-positive premenopausal breast cancer (PreMBC): Results of Japan Clinical Oncology Group Study 9404

Tadahiko Shien, Hiroji Iwata, Takashi Fukutomi, Kenichi Inoue, Kenjiro Aogi, Takayuki Kinoshita, Jiro Ando, Seiki Takashima, Kenichi Nakamura, Taro Shibata, Haruhiko Fukuda

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Purpose: A prospective randomized clinical trial was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of tamoxifen plus doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide compared to tamoxifen plus tegafur-uracil as an adjuvant therapy to treat node-positive premenopausal breast cancer (PreMBC). Methods: Eligibility criteria included pathologically node-positive (n = 1-9) preMBC with curative resection, in stages I-IIIA. Patients were randomized to receive either tamoxifen 20 mg/day plus tegafur-uracil 400 mg/day (TU) for 2 years or six courses of a 28-day cycle of doxorubicin 40 mg/m2 plus cyclophosphamide 500 mg/m2 on day 1 along with tamoxifen (ACT) given for 2 years as adjuvant therapy. Primary endpoint was overall survival (OS), and secondary endpoint was recurrence-free survival (RFS). Results: In total, 169 patients were recruited (TU arm 87, ACT arm 82) between October 1994 and September 1999. The HR for OS was 0.76 (95 % CI 0.35, 1.66, log-rank p = 0.49) and that for RFS was 0.77 (95 % CI 0.44, 1.36, log-rank p = 0.37), with ACT resulting in a better HR. The 5-year OS was 79.7 % for patients in the TU arm and 83 % for those in the ACT arm. The 5-year RFS was 66.1 % for patients in the TU arm and 70.6 % for those in the ACT arm. A higher proportion of patients in the ACT arm experienced grade 3 leucopenia (0 % in the TU arm, 4 % in the ACT arm). Conclusions: There were no significant differences in the efficacy of TU and ACT as adjuvant therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)603-609
Number of pages7
JournalCancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014



  • Adjuvant treatment
  • Breast cancer
  • Node-positive
  • Premenopausal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Toxicology

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