breast cancer
gynecologic cancer
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BRCA Testing in Medically Underserved Women in Southeastern United States

Medically underserved women in the Southeast region of the United States diagnosed with breast cancer or ovarian cancer may have not received genetic testing that could have helped them and their relatives make important decisions about their health, according to new research from Vanderbilt-Ingram ...

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issues in oncology

Cardiac Monitoring in Patients With Breast Cancer

Although heart failure is an uncommon complication of breast cancer treatment, the risk may be higher in patients treated with certain types of chemotherapy and lower in younger patients, according to a study published by Henry et al in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. Researchers studied 16,456...

Breast Cancer

TAILORx: How to Apply This Landmark Study

TAILORx changes the configuration of the ball field and the shape of the ball in deciding which women will be recommended chemotherapy after resection of node-negative, hormone receptor–positive breast cancer. TAILORx was presented by Joseph Sparano, MD, at the 2018 ASCO Plenary Session and...

Breast Cancer

CXCR4 Antagonist Plus Eribulin in HER2-Negative Metastatic Breast Cancer

Findings in a phase I trial reported in The Lancet Oncology by Pernas and colleagues indicate activity of the combination of the CXCR4 chemokine receptor antagonist balixafortide plus eribulin (Halaven) in previously treated HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer. The CXCR4–stromal cell-derived...

Breast Cancer

Risk of Breast Cancer After Negative Screening Mammography

A study reported in JAMA Oncology by Anne Marie McCarthy, PhD, of the Division of General Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, and colleagues identified the risk of interval breast cancer after negative screening mammography, including the risk of poor-prognosis breast cancer. The...

Breast Cancer

FDA Expands Ribociclib Indication in Hormone Receptor–Positive, HER2-Negative Advanced Breast Cancer

On July 18, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the indication for ribociclib (Kisqali), in combination with an aromatase inhibitor for pre/perimenopausal women with hormone receptor–positive, HER2-negative advanced or metastatic breast cancer, as initial endocrine-based...

Breast Cancer

Abemaciclib as Initial Therapy for Hormone Receptor–Positive, HER2-Negative Advanced or Metastatic Breast Cancer

Early in 2018, abemaciclib (Verzenio) in combination with an aromatase inhibitor was approved as initial endocrine-based therapy for postmenopausal women with hormone receptor–positive, HER2-negative advanced or metastatic breast cancer.1,2 Supporting Efficacy Data Approval was based on findings in ...

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gastroesophageal cancer
gastrointestinal cancer

European Commission Approves Trastuzumab Biosimilar

The European Commission (EC) has approved Trazimera, a biosimilar to trastuzumab (Herceptin), for the treatment of human epidermal growth factor (HER2)–overexpressing breast cancer and HER2-overexpressing metastatic gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma. This approval...

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colorectal cancer
prostate cancer

Following a Healthy Diet and Avoiding Alcohol May Reduce Overall Cancer Risk

The World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research (WCRF/AICR) has estimated that in developed countries, about 35% of breast cancers and 45% of colorectal cancers could be prevented with a better adherence to nutritional recommendations. A large prospective study evaluating...

Breast Cancer

Risk of Breast Cancer After Negative Screening Mammography

A study reported in JAMA Oncology by Anne Marie McCarthy, PhD, of the Division of General Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, and colleagues identified the risk of interval breast cancer after negative screening mammography, including the risk of poor-prognosis breast cancer. The...

Breast Cancer

Circulating Tumor Cells and Adjuvant Radiotherapy in Early Breast Cancer

In a study reported in JAMA Oncology by Chelain R. Goodman, MD, PhD, of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and colleagues, adjuvant radiotherapy was associated with better outcome in patients with early breast cancer who had detectable...

Breast Cancer
Genomics/Genetics

Multiple-Gene Sequencing vs BRCA1/2-Alone Testing After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

In a retrospective cohort study reported in JAMA Oncology by Allison W. Kurian, MD, of Stanford University School of Medicine, and colleagues found that use of germline multiple-gene sequencing has become more common than BRCA1/2-alone sequencing after breast cancer diagnosis in clinical practice. ...

Integrative Oncology
Breast Cancer

Be Prepared to Answer—and Ask—Questions About Integrative Therapy

ASCO HAS ENDORSED the recommendations in the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) clinical practice guidelines for integrative therapies during and after breast cancer.1,2 The guidelines “are clear, thorough, and based on the most relevant scientific evidence,” wrote the ASCO expert panel that...

Breast Cancer
Integrative Oncology

ASCO Endorses Guidelines for Integrative Therapies During and After Breast Cancer Treatment

RECOMMENDATIONS IN the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) clinical practice guidelines for integrative therapies during and after breast cancer treatment “are clear, thorough, and based on the most relevant scientific evidence,” concluded an ASCO expert panel that reviewed the guidelines.1,2...

Breast Cancer

Olaparib for Germline BRCA-Mutated Metastatic Breast Cancer

EARLY IN 2018, olaparib tablets (Lynparza) were granted regular approval for treatment of patients with deleterious or suspected deleterious germline BRCA-mutated, HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer who have been treated with chemotherapy in the neoadjuvant, adjuvant, or metastatic setting.1,2...

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symptom management

C-Reactive Protein and Radiotherapy Skin Toxicity in Patients With Breast Cancer

In a study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Hu et al found that higher postradiotherapy levels of the inflammatory marker high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) were associated with an increased risk of early grade 4+ skin toxicity in patients with breast cancer. Study Details...

Solid Tumors
Breast Cancer

Oral Taxane Shows Strong Activity and Good Tolerability in Metastatic Breast Cancer

As first-line treatment for metastatic breast cancer, the oral taxane tesetaxel produced a 45% confirmed response rate and was well tolerated, producing little alopecia or neuropathy, according to Andrew D. Seidman, MD, and colleagues from several cancer centers. Dr. Seidman, of Memorial Sloan...

Breast Cancer

8-Year Update of SOFT and TEXT Trials: Positive but Not Definitive

At the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS), the International Breast Cancer Study Group (IBCSG) and its collaborators presented the 8-year updates of the key modern trials of ovarian function suppression after local treatment for young women with resected breast cancer.1 These updates...

Breast Cancer

Expert Point of View: Harold Burstein, MD, PhD

HAROLD BURSTEIN, MD, PhD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, where he is Associate Professor of Medicine, commented on the SANDPIPER trial during a press briefing at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting. PIK3 mutations are probably the most common mutation in breast cancer, and...

Breast Cancer

Study of PI3K Inhibitor Added to Fulvestrant in Advanced Breast Cancer Affirms Proof-of-Principle

IN PATIENTS with advanced breast cancer harboring a PIK3CA mutation, the addition of the PI3 kinase (PI3K) inhibitor taselisib to endocrine therapy with fulvestrant (Faslodex) significantly improved progression-free survival compared with fulvestrant alone, in the international phase III SANDPIPER...

Breast Cancer

Pooled Study Analysis Explores the Use of CDK4/6 Inhibitors in Metastatic Breast Cancer

RESEARCH TO DATE has not been able to identify a subgroup of patients with estrogen receptor–positive HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer who do not derive benefit from the addition of inhibitors of cyclin-dependent kinases 4/6 (CDK4/6) to endocrine therapy, according to a study by the U.S. Food ...

breast cancer
skin cancer

Flight Attendants May Be at Increased Risk of Breast, Skin Cancers

Flight attendants showed an elevated incidence of several types of cancer compared with the general population, according to findings published by McNeely et al in Environmental Health. “Our findings of higher rates of several cancers among flight attendants is striking given the low rates...

Breast Cancer

Expert Point of View: Julie Margenthaler, MD, FACS

JULIE MARGENTHALER, MD, FACS, a breast surgeon at Washington University School of Medicine and American Society of Breast Surgeons Communications Committee Chair, highlighted the importance of exploring clinical endpoints outside of a survival advantage.  “While numerous studies have shown the...

Breast Cancer

Regular Mammograms Linked to Less Aggressive Treatment in Patients With Breast Cancer

A STUDY evaluating the impact of breast cancer screening has shown that the benefits of regular mammograms extend well beyond reduced mortality. According to data presented at the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) 2018 Annual Meeting, women with breast cancer who underwent regular...

Breast Cancer

AJCC Breast Cancer Staging System More Clinically Relevant

THE RECENTLY issued 8th revision to the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) Breast Cancer Staging System incorporates tumor biology and prognostic stage groups and thus has become more accurate and clinically relevant, according to two speakers at the 2018 Miami Breast Cancer Conference.1,2...

Solid Tumors
Breast Cancer

Richard J. Bleicher, MD, FACS, Appointed Vice Chair of SSO’s Breast Fellowship Program Directors Committee

Richard J. Bleicher, MD, FACS, Professor of Surgical Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center, has been appointed Vice Chair of the Breast Fellowship Program Directors Committee of the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO). In his new leadership role within SSO, Dr. Bleicher will be involved in the breast ...

Solid Tumors
Breast Cancer

Priming the Immune System: Neoadjuvant Durvalumab Plus Chemotherapy May Be Beneficial in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

The addition of durvalumab -(Imfinzi) to anthracycline/taxane-based chemotherapy had encouraging results as neoadjuvant therapy for early triple-negative breast cancer in the randomized phase II GeparNuevo study presented at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting.1 The results were positive in a subgroup of...

breast cancer
solid tumors

FDA Clears Expanded Indication of Scalp-Cooling System

Paxman’s advanced scalp-cooling system has now been cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use during treatment of patients with solid tumors. The system is now indicated to reduce the likelihood of chemotherapy-induced alopecia in cancer patients with solid tumors such as...

breast cancer
survivorship

Low-Fat Dietary Intervention and Overall Survival After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

In an analysis from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) trial reported in JAMA Oncology, Chlebowski et al found that overall survival after the diagnosis of incident breast cancer was improved in women in the reduced-fat dietary intervention group vs control group, reflecting reduced...

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issues in oncology
survivorship

Study Finds Breast Cancer Survivors Are Not Getting Recommended Number of Mammograms Postsurgery

Breast cancer survivors are not getting the recommended level of screening postsurgery, according to a study by Ruddy et al in JNCCN–Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. The study was led by Kathryn Ruddy, MD, MPH, Director of Cancer Survivorship for the Department of...

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lung cancer

Characteristics and Screening of Brain Metastases in Breast Cancer and NSCLC

In a research letter published in JAMA Oncology, Cagney et al found that brain metastases were more advanced and more likely to be symptomatic in patients with breast cancer compared to patients with non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Current guidelines recommend magnetic resonance imaging...

Breast Cancer

Expert Point of View: Sarah Blair, MD

SARAH BLAIR, MD, a breast surgeon at the University of California San Diego, noted that lymphedema remains a significant clinical problem, although the rates of lymphedema are decreasing, as fewer full axillary node dissections are performed.  “This study utilizes bioimpedance spectroscopy, a...

Breast Cancer
Symptom Management

Early Detection and Intervention Reduce Breast Cancer–Related Lymphedema

A NEW STUDY has found that early detection along with a simple intervention can be highly effective in preventing breast cancer–related lymphedema for at-risk women. According to data presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons,1 82% of women identified at an...

Breast Cancer

Expert Point of View: Judy C. Boughey, MD

JUDY C. BOUGHEY, MD, a breast surgeon and clinical and translational researcher at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, said the two studies highlight the importance of discussing genetic testing with patients who are diagnosed with breast cancer. “With the advances in panel testing for...

Breast Cancer

Studies Challenge Relevance of Genetic Testing Guidelines for Breast Cancer

NEW RESEARCH suggests that current genetic testing guidelines for breast cancer are far too restrictive, excluding nearly half of high-risk patients. According to a pair of studies presented at the 2018 American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) Annual Meeting, women with breast cancer who did not ...

Breast Cancer

Expert Point of View: Carla S. Fisher, MD

CARLA S. FISHER, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, underscored the importance of these data in informing treatment decisions given the difficult trade-off patients can face.  “By analyzing a large group of patients treated in the modern era, ...

Breast Cancer

Recurrence Rates After Lumpectomy Significantly Improved in Patients Receiving ‘Modern-Era’ Therapy

A STUDY OF local recurrence rates following lumpectomy has shown significant improvement in patients receiving modern, multimodal therapies, suggesting breast-conserving surgery may be an option for more patients with breast cancer, according to data presented at the 2018 American Society of Breast ...

Breast Cancer

Expert Point of View: Lisa Carey, MD, and Dawn Hershman, MD, FASCO

LISA CAREY, MD, the Richardson and Marilyn Jacobs Preyer Distinguished Professor in Breast Cancer Research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, commented as the invited discussant for TAILORx, and Dawn L. Hershman, MD, FASCO, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Leader of the...

Breast Cancer

TAILORx: Endocrine Therapy Alone Is Sufficient for Most Patients With ‘Intermediate-Risk’ Breast Cancer

THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED results of the phase III TAILORx study are in—and they indicate that the vast majority of patients with “intermediate-risk” early-stage breast cancer can forgo chemotherapy.  “Our study shows that chemotherapy may be avoided in about 70% of women with hormone...

Solid Tumors
Breast Cancer

The X-Ray Era: 1901–1915

The text and photographs on this page are excerpted from a four-volume series of books titled Oncology: Tumors & Treatment, A Photographic History, by Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS, and Elizabeth A. Burns. The photos below are from the volume titled “The X-Ray Era: 1901–1915.” The photographs...

Solid Tumors
Issues in Oncology
Survivorship
Breast Cancer

Tai Chi for the Treatment of Insomnia in Breast Cancer Survivors

Underrecognized and inadequately managed, insomnia is a significant burden for many cancer survivors. Often persistent over several years following diagnosis and treatment, sleep problems negatively affect quality of life and elevate the risk of depression and anxiety. In this installment of The...

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Andrew D. Seidman, MD, and Meredith M. Regan, ScD, on Breast Cancer: Results From the TEXT and SOFT Trials

Andrew D. Seidman, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Meredith M. Regan, ScD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discuss study findings on absolute improvements in freedom from distant recurrence with adjuvant endocrine therapies for premenopausal women with hormone receptor–positive, HER2-negative breast cancer (Abstract 503).

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Andrew D. Seidman, MD, and Susan F. Dent, MD, on Breast Cancer: Analysis of the SANDPIPER Trial

Andrew D. Seidman, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Susan F. Dent, MD, of The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre, analyze the phase III study findings on taselisib plus fulvestrant vs fulvestrant in patients with estrogen receptor–positive, PIK3CA-mutant, locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer (Abstract LBA1006).

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Andrew D. Seidman, MD, and Aditya Bardia, MD, MPH, on Metastatic Breast Cancer: Findings on an Antibody-Drug Conjugate

Andrew D. Seidman, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Aditya Bardia, MD, MPH, of Massachusetts General Hospital, discuss the efficacy of sacituzumab govitecan for treatment-refractory hormone receptor–positive/HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer (Abstract 1004).

breast cancer

Michael Gnant, MD, on Breast Cancer: Results From the ABCSG-18 Trial

Michael Gnant, MD, of the Medical University of Vienna, discusses study findings on adjuvant denosumab in early breast cancer––a disease-free survival analysis of postmenopausal patients.

breast cancer

Elizabeth A. Mittendorf, MD, PhD, and Lisa A. Carey, MD, on Breast Cancer: Commentary on the TAILORx Trial

Elizabeth A. Mittendorf, MD, PhD, of Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, and Lisa A. Carey, MD, of the University of North Carolina, discuss the impact of new phase III findings on chemoendocrine treatment vs endocrine treatment alone in hormone receptor–positive, HER2-negative, node-negative breast cancer (Abstract LBA1).

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Sibylle Loibl, MD, PhD, on Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Results From the GeparNuevo Trial

Sibylle Loibl, MD, PhD, of the German Breast Group, discusses phase II study findings on the addition of durvalumab to a taxane-anthracycline–containing chemotherapy in triple-negative breast cancer (Abstract 104).

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Rebecca A. Dent, MD, on Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Results From the LOTUS Trial

Rebecca A. Dent, MD, of the National Cancer Centre Singapore, discusses phase II study findings on first-line ipatasertib plus paclitaxel for locally advanced/metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (Abstract 1008).

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Helena Margaret Earl, MBBS, PhD, on Early Breast Cancer: Results From the Persephone Trial

Helena Margaret Earl, MBBS, PhD, of the University of Cambridge, discusses phase III study findings on 6 vs 12 months of adjuvant trastuzumab in patients with HER2-positive early breast cancer (Abstract 506).

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Sherry Shen, MD, on Breast Cancer and Obesity: Results of the SWOG S0927 Study

Sherry Shen, MD, of Columbia University Medical Center, discusses findings on the use of omega-3 fatty acid for obese breast cancer patients with aromatase inhibitor–related arthralgia (Abstract 10000).

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