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Study of Vitamin D for Premenopausal Women at High Risk for Breast Cancer

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Prevent Cancer Foundation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Katherine D. Crew, Columbia University Identifier:
First received: September 11, 2009
Last updated: February 11, 2013
Last verified: February 2013

September 11, 2009
February 11, 2013
September 2007
July 2013   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Safety and Feasibility [ Time Frame: 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
Same as current
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT00976339 on Archive Site
Histologic changes, Mammographic Density, and Biological Correlates [ Time Frame: 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Same as current
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Study of Vitamin D for Premenopausal Women at High Risk for Breast Cancer
Pilot Biomarker Modulation Study of Vitamin D in Premenopausal Women at High Risk for Breast Cancer

Despite significant advances in the early detection and treatment of breast cancer, it is still the most common cancer among women in the U.S. and up to 25% will die of their disease. Therefore, more attention has focused on primary prevention to reduce breast cancer-related morbidity and mortality. Due to the limited number of significant modifiable risk factors for breast cancer, researchers are exploring the potential of chemoprevention to arrest or reverse cancer development with a drug intervention. Currently, tamoxifen is the only FDA-approved drug for breast cancer risk reduction. However, tamoxifen's adverse effects have limited its usage. It is anticipated that raloxifene will be used more, as it has a more favorable side effect profile. However, tamoxifen and raloxifene do not prevent estrogen receptor (ER)-negative breast tumors, which account for about a third of all breast cancers and are associated with a poorer prognosis. Current priorities in breast cancer chemoprevention are to identify preventive agents which may be effective against ER-negative breast cancers, and have a low risk of side-effects.

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin which is produced in the body and may come from food sources. Epidemiologic studies suggest that vitamin D may influence breast cancer development, which has resulted in increased interest in the use of vitamin D for the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. Numerous experimental studies have shown that vitamin D compounds have anti-carcinogenic properties against breast cancer. Given the epidemiologic data and the extensive preclinical evidence of the anti-tumor effects of vitamin D, it is therefore reasonable to test the biological effects of high-dose vitamin D in early phase clinical trials. The investigators hypothesize that vitamin D3, cholecalciferol, will modulate biomarkers of breast cancer risk.

The investigators plan to conduct a pilot feasibility study in 20 premenopausal women who are at high risk for breast cancer development who will receive oral cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) 30,000 IU (n = 10) or 20,000 IU (n = 10) weekly for one year. Pretreatment and posttreatment mammograms, breast biopsies, and blood will be evaluated for a variety of biomarkers. The primary objective of this study is to determine the feasibility and toxicity associated with this 1-year intervention of vitamin D in this study population. The secondary objective is to obtain preliminary data on the biological effects of vitamin D on normal breast tissue. The results of this pilot study will be used to implement a larger multicenter trial of vitamin D for breast cancer chemoprevention.

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Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Breast Cancer
  • Drug: Cholecalciferol
    Cholecalciferol (D3) 30,000 IU weekly for 1 year
    Other Name: Vitamin D3
  • Drug: Cholecalciferol
    Cholecalciferol (D3) 20,000 IU weekly for 1 year
    Other Name: Vitamin D3
  • Experimental: Cohort 1
    Cohort 1 to take 30,000 IU Vitamin D weekly for one year
    Intervention: Drug: Cholecalciferol
  • Experimental: Cohort 2
    Cohort 2 to take 20,000 IU Vitamin D weekly for one year
    Intervention: Drug: Cholecalciferol

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
Active, not recruiting
July 2013
July 2013   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Elevated risk of breast cancer defined as having at least one of the following: (1) Predicted 5-year modified Gail model risk of 1.7% or greater, (2) Lobular carcinoma in situ, (3) Known BRCA1 or BRCA2 deleterious mutation carrier, (4) Prior history of ductal carcinoma in situ, if no current tamoxifen use or prior radiation to the contralateral breast.
  • Age 21 years or older.
  • Premenopausal defined as < 6 months since the last menstrual period, no prior bilateral oophorectomy, not on estrogen replacement, and serum FSH values consistent with institutional normal values for the premenopausal state.
  • Normal breast exam and mammogram (BIRADS score of 1 or 2).
  • Baseline mammographic density ≥25% as assessed qualitatively by the mammographer (25-50% = "scattered fibroglandular densities"; >50-75% = "heterogeneously dense breasts"; >75% = "extremely dense breasts").
  • Baseline serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D <32 ng/ml.
  • Prior tamoxifen use is allowed provided treatment is discontinued at least 28 days prior to enrollment.
  • Willingness to allow submission of core needle breast biopsy for pathology review and collection of blood for biomarker analysis and banking.
  • At least one breast available for imaging and biopsy.
  • Willingness to not take calcium or vitamin D supplements during the one year intervention, due to the potential risk of hypercalcemia/hypercalciuria with high dose vitamin D. Premenopausal women who need to take calcium supplementation for any medical condition will be excluded from the study. Dietary restrictions on calcium intake may be imposed if the subject is found to have borderline high serum or urine levels of calcium during the study intervention and a list of dietary sources of calcium will be provided.
  • Normal serum calcium.
  • No history of kidney stones.
  • Adequate renal and hepatic function: serum creatinine, bilirubin, AST, ALT and alkaline phosphatase < 2.0 x the institutional upper limit of normal (IULN).
  • No hypersensitivity reactions to vitamin D.
  • Zubrod performance status of 0 or 1.
  • Not pregnant or nursing.
  • Agree to use effective contraception, hormone-based oral contraceptives allowed but switching birth control methods is discouraged while on-study.
  • No significant medical or psychiatric condition that would preclude study completion.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Not meeting one or any of inclusion criteria
21 Years and older
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United States
Katherine D. Crew, Columbia University
Katherine D. Crew
Prevent Cancer Foundation
Principal Investigator: Katherine Crew, MD Columbia University
Columbia University
February 2013

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