MMM (mitomycin 7–8 mg/m2 i. v.) every 6 weeks; mitoxantrone 7-8 mg/m2 i. v. every 3 weeks; methotrexate 35 mg/m2 i.v. every 3 weeks) is a new combination chemotherapy regimen for advanced breast cancer. It has been compared in two complementary randomized trials with CMF (cyclophosphamide 100 mg orally, days 1–14; methotrexate 35 mg/m2 i.v. days 1 and 8; 5-fluorouracil 1 g i.v. days 1 and 8; courses repeated at 28-day intervals) and VAC (vincristine 1.4 mg/m2 every 3 weeks, anthracycline 30 mg/m2 every 3 weeks, cyclophosphamide 400 mg/m2 every 3 weeks) in patients with advanced metastatic breast cancer. In the first trial, which involved 227 patients, 53% of patients receiving MMM and 49% receiving VAC responded to treatment. There was no significant difference between treatment groups in median response duration or survival. Incidence of neuropathy, alopecia, and nausea and vomiting was significantly higher in patients receiving VAC. Hematologic toxicity was greater in the MMM group. In the second trial, which involved 120 patients, 51% of patients receiving MMM and 60% receiving CMF responded to treatment. Again, there was no significant difference between treatment groups in median response duration or survival. Both regimens were well tolerated with a low incidence of alopecia and serious nausea and vomiting, and there were no significant differences in toxicity. Significant reductions in serial left ventricular ejection fractions occurred in 4 patients given CMF and in 2 given MMM. MMM is an effective, well-tolerated regimen for advanced breast cancer, with toxicity similar to that of CMF and less than that of an anthracycline-contain-ing regimen.

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