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Abstract | Full HTML Article | PDF ecancer 10 609 / https://doi.org/10.3332/ecancer.2016.609

Review

Neoadjuvant endocrine therapy in breast cancer: current role and future perspectives

Luminal breast cancer, as defined by oestrogen and/or progesterone expression by immunohistochemistry, accounts for up to 75% of all breast cancers. In this population, endocrine therapy is likely to account for most of the gains obtained with the administration of adjuvant systemic treatment. The role of adjuvant chemotherapy in these patients remains debatable since it is known that only a small fraction of patients will derive meaningful benefit from this treatment whilst the majority will be exposed to significant and unnecessary chemotherapy-related toxicities, in particular the elderly and frail. Therefore, neoadjuvant endocrine therapy (NET) becomes an attractive option for selected patients with hormonal-receptor positive locally advanced breast cancer. In this review, we discuss the current role of NET and future perspectives in the field.

Keywords: breast neoplasm, luminal breast cancer, locally advanced breast cancer, neoadjuvant therapy, endocrine therapy, aromatase inhibitors

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