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Assessment and Management of Bone Health in Women with Early Breast Cancer Receiving Endocrine Treatment in the DATA Study.

Int J Cancer. 2019 Feb 12;: Authors: van Hellemond IEG, Smorenburg CH, Peer PGM, Swinkels ACP, Seynaeve CM, van der Sangen MJC, Kroep JR, De Graaf H, Honkoop AH, Erdkamp FLG, van den Berkmortel FWPJ, de Boer M, de Roos WK, Linn SC, Imholz ALT, Tjan-Heijnen VCG, Dutch Breast Cancer Research Group (BOOG)

The phase III DATA study investigates the efficacy of adjuvant anastrozole (6 versus 3 year) in postmenopausal women with breast cancer previously treated with 2-3 years of tamoxifen. This planned side-study assessed patterns of care regarding detection and treatment of osteopenia/osteoporosis, and trends in bone mineral density (BMD) during and after therapy. We registered all BMD measurements and bisphosphonate-use. Time to osteopenia/osteoporosis was analysed by Kaplan Meier methodology. For the trend in T-scores we used linear mixed models with random patients effects. Of 1860 eligible DATA patients, 910 (48.9%) had a baseline BMD measurement. Among patients with a normal baseline BMD (n=417), osteopenia was observed in 53.5% and 55.4% in the 6- and 3-year group respectively (p=0.18), during follow-up. Only two patients (3-year group) developed osteoporosis. Of the patients with osteopenia at baseline (n=408), 24.4% and 20.4% developed osteoporosis respectively (p=0.89). Three years after randomisation 18.3% and 18.2% used bisphosphonates in the 6- and 3-year groups respectively and six years after randomisation this was 23.7% and 20.9% respectively (p=0.90) of which the majority used oral bisphosphonates. The yearly mean BMD-change during anastrozole in the lumbar spine showed a T-score decline of 0.075. After bisphosphonate addition the decline became less prominent (0.047 (p<0.001)) and after anastrozole cessation, while continuing bisphosphonates, the mean BMD yearly increased (0.047 (p<0.001)). In conclusion, extended anastrozole therapy was not associated with a higher incidence of osteoporosis. Anastrozole-use was associated with a BMD decrease; however, the decline was modest and partially reversible after anastrozole cessation. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. PMID: 30748011 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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