Successful use of biweekly gemcitabine plus nab-paclitaxel in two male patients with stage IV breast cancer: Case reports and review of the literature

Alberto J. Montero, Tony N. Talebi, Ying Zhu, Kevin D. Branch, Grant T. Goldsberry, Megan K. Baker, Stefan Gluck

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Abstract

Male breast cancer is a rare disease. As a consequence, male breast cancer is often recognized later, and most patients present at an advanced clinical stage. We report the cases of two men with stage IV hormone receptor positive breast cancer who had both received at different times both systemic endocrine therapy with an aromatase inhibitor and gemcitabine as well as nab-paclitaxel-based combination chemotherapy. Although the aromatase inhibitors such as anastrozole, exemestane, and letrozole are very active in postmenopausal women with hormone receptor positive breast cancer, their efficacy in male breast cancer has not been demonstrated in phase II or III trials. Moreover, Gemcitabine and nab-paclitaxel every 14 days, with or without bevacizumab, are an active combination in male metastatic breast cancer and should be considered as an option in patients with extensive visceral metastases or hormone refractory disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e12-e18
JournalAmerican journal of therapeutics
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

Keywords

  • abraxane
  • circulating tumor cells
  • gemcitabine
  • male breast cancer
  • nab-paclitaxel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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