Breast Cancer

FDA Expands Indication for Kadcyla to Include the Adjuvant Treatment of HER2-Positive Early Breast Cancer

On May 3, 2019, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved ado-trastuzumab emtansine (Kadcyla; Genentech) for the adjuvant treatment of patients with HER2-positive early breast cancer who have residual invasive disease after neoadjuvant taxane and trastuzumab-based treatment. Patients should be selected for treatment with this agent based on an [ Read More ]

FDA Approves First Hormonal-Based Therapy for Men with Advanced or Metastatic Breast Cancer

On April 4, 2019, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the indication of palbociclib (Ibrance; Pfizer), a kinase inhibitor, in combination with specific endocrine therapies for men with hormone receptor (HR)-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative advanced or metastatic breast cancer. This is the first hormonal-based [ Read More ]

Proposed Landmark Policy Changes to Modernize Mammography and Raise Breast Density Awareness

On March 27, 2019, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an alert from its Office of Women’s Health announcing that, after more than 20 years of regulatory oversight, the agency is proposing amendments to the existing policy governing mammography services. Currently, under the Mammography Quality Standards Act, which [ Read More ]

Practice-Changing Results: Adding Immunotherapy to Chemotherapy Extends Survival in Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Triple-negative breast cancer is considered one of the most difficult to treat breast cancers, with few treatment options, but finally a breakthrough study shows progress by extending patient survival. Results of the phase 3 ­IMpassion130 clinical trial show that using the checkpoint inhibitor atezolizumab (Tecentriq), a PD-L1 inhibitor, with nab-paclitaxel [ Read More ]

Less Is More: 6 Months of Trastuzumab Treatment Equivalent to 12 Months in HER2-Positive Breast Cancer

Analysis of the phase 3 randomized clinical trial PERSEPHONE showed that 6 months of treatment with trastuzumab was noninferior to 12 months in terms of disease-free survival, whereas a shorter course of trastuzumab was associated with a 50% reduction in cardiotoxicity.

First-in-Class Antibody-Drug Conjugate Effective in HER2-Negative Metastatic Breast Cancer

Chicago, IL—A novel drug is showing significant promise in metastatic breast cancers, offering renewed hope to patients with late-stage, difficult-to-treat solid tumors. According to data presented at ASCO 2018, sacituzumab govitecan demonstrated significant clinical activity as a single agent in heavily pretreated patients with hormone receptor (HR)-positive, HER2-negative metastatic breast [ Read More ]

Chemotherapy Can Be Spared in Many Patients with Early Breast Cancer: Devil Is In the Details

One of the most important stud­­­ies presented at ASCO 2018 showed that endocrine therapy alone was noninferior to endocrine therapy plus chemotherapy in women with estrogen receptor (ER)-positive, HER2-­negative, node-negative early-stage breast cancer and an intermediate risk score (score, 11-25) on the Oncotype DX gene-expression assay for breast cancer. “Application [ Read More ]

Breaking News: Sellas Announces Promising Data on NeuVax in Combination with Herceptin in HER2 1+/2+ Breast Cancer

This week Sellas Life Sciences Group announced data from a study of NeuVax (nelipepimut-S) in combination with Herceptin (trastuzumab) in patients with HER2 1+/2+ breast cancer. All node-negative (N0) patients had triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), as did the majority of patients with low-volume nodal disease (N1); the remainder of the [ Read More ]

State of Personalized Medicine in Breast Cancer

It was estimated that 231,840 new breast cancers would be diagnosed in 2015, with 40,290 breast cancer–related deaths during the same period in the United States alone.1 With improvements in screening, diagnosis, staging, and surgical and radiation techniques we have been able to cure the majority of patients with early-stage [ Read More ]

Case: PIK3CA-Mutant Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Inhibited by Cetuximab

A woman with PIK3CA-mutant triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), who is an exceptional responder to cetuximab, illustrates how PIK3CA mutations can induce tumor growth by activating the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), and how these cancers may be successfully inhibited by EGFR inhibitors. Joyce O’Shaughnessy, MD, Chair in Breast Cancer Research, [ Read More ]

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