Statins and Breast Cancer Biomarkers

  • STATUS
    Recruiting
  • participants needed
    100
  • sponsor
    University of Vermont
Updated on 7 November 2020
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Summary

There is laboratory evidence that cholesterol lowering medications (statins) inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells. Clinical studies are controversial but some show that women taking statins are less likely to get breast cancer. This ongoing randomized trial compares one-year of atorvastatin (Lipitor™) or placebo for lowering mammography-defined breast density and other surrogate markers associated with breast cancer risk.

Description

This project was designed to evaluate the effect of a specific statin (atorvastatin) on several breast cancer biomarkers. One hundred women will be treated for one year with either 40 mg of atorvastatin or placebo. The primary aim of this project is to determine the effect of atorvastatin on breast density, a known risk factor for breast cancer. In addition, the affect of atorvastatin on serum biomarkers (IGF1) and tissue biomarkers (atypia and Ki67) associated with risk is being evaluated. Because of their tolerability and safety, statins have a great potential as a breast cancer preventative agent. Should this pilot study show a significant decrease in breast density and/or change in serum and tissue biomarkers in statin treated patients these data would then be used to support a large randomized trial. This is a multi-center, prospective, randomized placebo controlled clinical trial. Target enrollment is 100 women, with 50 receiving atorvastatin and 50 receiving a similar appearing placebo tablet. Eligible women must be at least 35 years old with regular menstrual cycles and a Gail Model risk of greater than 1.66% over 5 years.

Details
Condition Breast Cancer
Treatment Atorvastatin, Placebo
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT00914017
SponsorUniversity of Vermont
Last Modified on7 November 2020

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