Long-term capecitabine therapy was successful for locally advanced breast cancer patient-report of a case

Keita Adachi, Kenichi Sakurai, Shuhei Suzuki, Hitomi Kubota, Yukiko Hara, Asako Fujiwara, Katsuhisa Enomoto, Asami Izu, Masahiko Sugitani, Makoto Makishima, Tsugumichi Koshinaga

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For the treatment of locally advanced breast cancer, chemotherapy involving anthracycline and/or taxane-containg regimens is generally performed. However, some patients have difficult reasons for administering these intravenous chemotherapeutic agents. We experienced a case of locally advanced breast cancer patient who received long-term capecitabine therapy. This therapy was effective for this patient. A 72 year-old woman presented with a lump in her right breast. The tumor had been increasing for 15 years. The tumor had spread from the right breast to the axilla and the lateral chest, accompanied with ulceration. A core needle biopsy was performed and the pathological diagnosis was papillotubular carcinoma. We checked up her body, and there was no distant metastasis. We diagnosed the clinical stage as T4cN3aM0, stage III C. She was concerned about the side effect of depilation and did not wish the standard chemotherapy. We chose capecitabine therapy. She continued capecitabine therapy and endocrine therapy. The tumor and tumor markers were decreased. The tumor size has not increased and metastatic lesions have not appeared for 5 years and a half.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-96
Number of pages3
JournalJapanese Journal of Cancer and Chemotherapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018


  • Breast cancer
  • Capecitabine
  • Chemotherapy


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