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The primary objective of A-PLUS trial is to evaluate and compare the efficacy of induction BEEP (bevacizumab preconditioning followed by etoposide and cisplatin) followed by whole bran radiotherapy (WBRT) with WBRT alone in the controlling of brain metastases (BM) in metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patients who have not previously received WBRT. In past 2 years, the research team has demonstrated that BEEP regimen is a highly effective treatment for brain metastases of breast cancer progressing from WBRT by a multi-center phase II study (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01281696). The basic concept of preconditioning, as referred to starting bevacizumab 1 day before chemotherapy, is that the effect of bevacizumab induced tumor vascular normalization takes time to mature. The investigators hypothesized that as induction BEEP decreased the size of brain tumors, the effectiveness of WBRT would be maximized. The investigators expect this integrated approach will do greater benefit to MBC patients with BM, irrespective of subtype.
- Breast Cancer,Brain metastases