Banner day for oncology in this weeks NEJM:
The BIG 1-98 trial comparing different hormonal manipulations for the adjuvant treatment of postmenopausal women have finally reported on the "switching" arms of the trial. This trial has previously reported that the tamoxifen only arm was inferior to the letrozole arm, however there were those that believed that a switch between tamoxifen and letrozole would be beneficial. That has not been born out in these results, with the tamoxifen early arm demonstrating more early recurrences than the other arms.
Letrozole Therapy Alone or in Sequence with Tamoxifen in Women with Breast Cancer: "This study of adjuvant hormonal therapy in postmenopausal women with hormone-receptor-positive early breast cancer showed that disease-free survival was similar after 5 years of treatment with letrozole alone, 2 years of treatment with letrozole followed by 3 years with tamoxifen, or 2 years of treatment with tamoxifen followed by 3 years with letrozole. Five years of letrozole monotherapy may be superior to 5 years of tamoxifen monotherapy. "