for people ages 19 years and up (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California and other locations
study started
estimated completion
Hope Rugo



This purpose of this trial is to show that the combination of Avastin and hormone therapy should be more effective than hormone therapy alone for the treatment of breast cancer.

Official Title

A Phase II, Randomized, Open Label Trial of Pre-operative (Neoadjuvant)Letrozole (Femara) vs. Letrozole in Combination With Avastin in Post Menopausal Women With Newly Diagnosed Operable Breast Cancer


Preclinical and clinical data have demonstrated that up-regulation of tumor cell VEGF is an important mechanism to subvert estrogen dependence in hormone responsive breast cancer resulting in reduced therapy response or tumor resistance to hormonal therapy; thus, it is hypothesized that the combination of an anti-VEGF agent (Avastin, an anti-VEGF monoclonal antibody) and hormonal therapy should be more effective than hormonal therapy alone for the treatment of breast cancer.


Breast Cancer Cancer of the Breast Breast Neoplasm Hormonal and antibody therapy for breast cancer Hormonal therapy for breast cancer Antibody therapy for breast cancer Breast Neoplasms Bevacizumab Letrozole Antibodies Letrozole (Femara) Letrozole; Avastin Letrozole + Avastin Letrozole alone


You can join if…

Open to people ages 19 years and up

All patients must meet the following criteria to be eligible for study entry:

  • Pathologically confirmed invasive ductal carcinoma or invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast, T2-T3 / T4a-c / N0-2 / M0, with positive estrogen and/or progesterone receptors, and Her-2-neu negative. Patients with inflammatory breast cancer will not be included (T4d). Patients previously treated patients with no measurable disease or patients with metastatic disease will be excluded.
  • Give written informed consent prior to study specific screening procedures, with the understanding that the patient has the right to withdraw from the study at any time, without prejudice.
  • Patients must be postmenopausal, defined as one of the following:
  • Patients > 50 years of age with no spontaneous menses for at least 12 months,
  • Bilateral oophorectomy
  • Be ambulatory (outpatient) and have an ECOG PS <1.
  • Patients must have measurable disease by mammogram and/or breast ultrasound (in special cases a dedicated breast MRI may be clinically indicated). The target lesion must not have been previously irradiated.
  • No prior chemotherapy.
  • Patients must have adequate organ and marrow function as defined as follows: absolute neutrophil count > 1,500/mm3, hemoglobin > 8.0 g/dl, platelets > 75,000/mm3, total bilirubin < 2 mg/dl, serum creatinine < 2 mg/dl, Transaminases (AST, ALT) may be up to 2 x institutional upper limit of normal. In addition < 1 gr of protein in 24 hr urine collection and urine protein/creatinine ratio < 1.0.
  • No life threatening parenchymal disease or rapidly progressing disease warranting cytotoxic chemotherapy.
  • Hypertension must be controlled (<150/100 mmHg).
  • Ejection Fraction > 50% by echocardiogram. (LVEF greater than 75% at baseline should be reviewed and/or the test repeated as it may be falsely elevated).
  • No history of thrombosis during the previous 12 months.

You CAN'T join if...

  • Current, recent (within 4 weeks of the first infusion of this study), or planned participation in an experimental drug study other than this sponsor-investigator Bevacizumab cancer study.
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure (>150/100 mmHg).
  • Unstable angina
  • New York Heart Association (NYHA) Grade III or greater congestive heart failure
  • History of myocardial infarction or unstable angina within 12 months
  • History of stroke or TIA within 12 months
  • Clinically significant peripheral vascular disease
  • History of a bleeding disorder
  • Presence of central nervous system or brain metastases
  • Major surgical procedure, open biopsy, or significant traumatic injury within 28 days prior to Day 0, anticipation of need for major surgical procedure during the course of the study
  • Minor surgical procedures (excluding fine needle aspirations or core biopsies) within 5 days prior to Day 0
  • Pregnant (positive pregnancy test) or lactating
  • Urine protein: creatinine ratio greater than or equal to 1.0 at screening or patients demonstrating > 1 gr of protein in 24 hr urine collection within 4 weeks prior to study entry will not participate in the trial.
  • History of abdominal fistula, gastrointestinal perforation, or intra-abdominal abscess within 6 months prior to Day 0
  • Serious, non-healing wound, ulcer, or bone fracture
  • Unwilling or unable to comply with the protocol for the duration of the study.
  • Psychiatric illness/social situations that would limit compliance with study requirements.
  • History of another malignancy within the last five years except non-melanoma skin cancer and carcinoma in-situ of uterine cervix.
  • Patients with metastatic disease.


  • University of California, San Francisco Comprehensive Cancer Center
    San Francisco California 94115 United States
  • University of Chicago Medical Center
    Chicago Illinois 60637 United States

Lead Scientist

  • Hope Rugo
    Dr. Hope Rugo is a medical oncologist and hematologist specializing in breast cancer research and treatment. A Clinical Professor of Medicine, Dr. Rugo joined the Breast Care Center in 1999 after a decade of experience at UCSF in malignant hematology and bone marrow transplantation for a variety of diseases, including breast cancer.


in progress, not accepting new patients
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University of Alabama at Birmingham
Phase 2
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