Regimen-specific rates of chemotherapy-related amenorrhea in breast cancer survivors

Kelly C. Gast, Elizabeth J. Cathcart-Rake, Aaron D. Norman, Leah Eshraghi, Nwamaka Obidegwu, Hazel B. Nichols, Shoshana Rosenberg, H. Irene Su, Elizabeth A. Stewart, Fergus J. Couch, Celine M. Vachon, Kathryn J. Ruddy

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Young women who have not begun or completed their desired childbearing at the time of diagnosis with breast cancer often wish to understand and minimize their risk of chemotherapy-related amenorrhea (CRA). However, the incidence of CRA after regimens that do not include either an anthracycline or a cyclophosphamide is poorly studied. For patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-positive disease, anthracycline- and cyclophosphamide-sparing regimens (eg, carboplatin/taxane) are common (in combination with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-directed therapy). In this study, accrued in collaboration with Army of Women, menstrual data were analyzed for 151 breast cancer survivors (median age = 41 years at diagnosis, and median time between last chemotherapy and survey = 62.5 months). Last menstrual period was before the last chemotherapy dose in 51% of the 86 participants who received anthracycline/cyclophosphamide/taxane, in 42% of the 43 who received only taxane/cyclophosphamide, and in 13% of the 15 who received carboplatin/taxane. This study suggests that carboplatin/taxane causes less CRA than cyclophosphamide-based regimens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberpkz081
JournalJNCI Cancer Spectrum
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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