Goserelin, as an ovarian protector during (neo)adjuvant breast cancer chemotherapy, prevents long term altered bone turnover

Caroline Wilson (Lead / Corresponding author), Fatma Gossiel, Robert Leonard, Richard A. Anderson, Douglas J A Adamson, Geraldine Thomas, Robert E. Coleman

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Background The Ovarian Protection Trial In Premenopausal Breast Cancer Patients "OPTION" trial (NCT00427245) was a prospective, multicenter, randomised, open label study evaluating the frequency of primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) at 12 months in women randomised to 6-8 cycles of (neo)adjuvant chemotherapy (CT) +/- goserelin (G). Here we report the results of a secondary endpoint analysis of the effects of CT+/-G on markers of bone turnover. Methods Serum for bone alkaline phosphatase (BALP) and urine for N-terminal telopeptide (NTX) were collected at baseline, 6, 12, 18, 24 and 36 months. Changes in median levels of bone turnover markers were evaluated for the overall population, according to age stratification at randomisation (≤40 vs >40 years) and with exploratory analysis according to POI rates at 12 months. Results In the overall population, there was a significant increase in NTX at 6 months compared to baseline in patients treated with CT+G (40.81 vs 57.82 p=0.0074) with normalisation of levels thereafter. BALP was significantly increased compared to baseline at 6 months and 12 months in those receiving CT+G, but normalised thereafter. BALP remained significantly higher compared to baseline at 12, 24 and 36 months in patients receiving CT, resulting in a significant difference between treatment groups at 36 months (CT+G 5.845 vs CT 8.5 p=0.0006). These changes were predominantly seen in women >40 years. Women with POI at 12 months showed altered bone formation compared to baseline levels for a longer duration than women who maintained menses. Conclusion Addition of G to CT increases bone turnover during treatment with normalisation after cessation of treatment suggesting G may offer sufficient ovarian protection against CT induced POI to negate longstanding altered bone turnover associated with POI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-49
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Bone Oncology
Issue number1
Early online date11 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016


  • Bone turnover markers
  • Breast cancer
  • Chemotherapy
  • Goserelin
  • Primary ovarian insufficiency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology


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