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breast cancer
survivorship

Nicole Mittmann, PhD, on Breast Cancer Well Follow-up

Nicole Mittmann, PhD, of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, discusses her study findings on transitioning breast cancer survivors to primary care and the savings in resources and dollars that accrued as a result (Abstract 1).

breast cancer
prostate cancer
issues in oncology

Diana D. Jeffery, PhD, on Mental Health Comorbidities: Predictors of Cost and Utilization

Diana D. Jeffery, PhD, of the Defense Health Agency, discusses the need to screen for mental health comorbidities, including depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, substance use disorders, and persistent mental illnesses, as shown in a study of breast and prostate cancer patients (Abstract 18).

breast cancer

Caleb Dulaney, MD, on Breast Cancer: Improving Online Patient Information

Caleb Dulaney, MD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, discusses ways to broaden and improve the quality of information that women with breast cancer find—in English and Spanish—on websites of nationally recognized cancer centers (Abstract 135).

breast cancer
prostate cancer
supportive care

ASCO Quality Care 2017: Mental Health Conditions Contribute to Care-Related Costs, Hospital Visits in Breast and Prostate Cancers

A new analysis of data from the U.S. Military Health System found that mood and adjustment disorders such as anxiety and depression were strong predictors of the annual number of outpatient visits, hospital admissions, and number of days in the hospital for patients with breast and prostate...

breast cancer
issues in oncology

ASCO Quality Care 2017: Study Examines Cancer Center Websites’ Information on Breast Cancer Treatment, Outcomes

As an increasing number of patients look to the internet for cancer information, researchers from the University of Alabama found that the websites of many National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers lack sufficient information to help patients with breast cancer understand all their...

breast cancer
survivorship

Shoshana M. Rosenberg, ScD, MPH, on Young Breast Cancer Survivors: Helping Them Cope

Shoshana M. Rosenberg, ScD, MPH, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, talks about ways to help young women move from active treatment to survivorship, based on findings from focus groups in which patients discussed their unexpected physical and psychological experiences after surgery (Abstract 180).

breast cancer
survivorship

Lauren P. Wallner, PhD, MPH, on Breast Cancer Survivorship Care: Patient Preferences

Lauren P. Wallner, PhD, MPH, of the University of Michigan, discusses her findings on the type of providers women prefer when it comes to handling survivorship care after breast cancer treatment and the need to clarify and discuss provider roles with patients (Abstract 99).

survivorship
pain management
breast cancer

Sophia Kustas Smith, PhD, MSW, on Depression and Fatigue: Self-Managed in 'Reimagine'

Sophia Kustas Smith, PhD, MSW, of Duke University, discusses study findings on an online, symptom self-management curriculum, known as www.reimagine.me, employed for breast cancer survivors with chronic pain (Abstract 182).

breast cancer
symptom management

Electra D. Paskett, PhD, on Preventing Lymphedema: Results of a CALGB Study

Electra D. Paskett, PhD, of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, discusses an intervention that increased knowledge of lymphedema in breast cancer, and the personal story that drove her research (Abstract 104).

breast cancer
survivorship

Shawna V. Hudson, PhD, on Breast Cancer: A Quality-of-Life Program

Shawna V. Hudson, PhD, of Rutgers University, discusses a survivorship program designed to improve the quality of life for Hispanic and Latino breast cancer survivors (Abstract 183).

breast cancer
colorectal cancer
issues in oncology

Has the Affordable Care Act Reduced Socioeconomic Disparities in Cancer Screening?

Out-of-pocket expenditures are thought to be a significant barrier to receiving cancer preventive services, especially for individuals of lower socioeconomic status. A new study published by Cooper et al in Cancer looked at how the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which eliminated such out-of-pocket...

breast cancer
symptom management

No Increased Risk of Skeletal Events in Patients With Bone Metastases Taking Zoledronic Acid

A new study published in JAMA reported that patients with bone metastases due to breast cancer, prostate cancer, or multiple myeloma who used zoledronic acid every 12 weeks compared with every 4 weeks did not have in an increased risk of skeletal events over 2 years. In this study, Andrew L....

breast cancer
head and neck cancer
lung cancer

Receptor Tyrosine Kinase AXL May Mediate Nuclear Translocation of EGFR

New research from the University of Wisconsin (UW) Carbone Cancer Center has clarified the mechanisms involved in a common growth pathway implicated in many solid tumor types and could lead to better outcomes for patients with head and neck, lung, and triple-negative breast cancer,...

breast cancer
issues in oncology

ESMO Asia 2016: Almost 20% of Swedish Breast Cancer Patients Fail to Complete Prescribed Endocrine Therapy

Around 20% of patients with breast cancer in Sweden do not complete endocrine therapy, according to research that will be reported at the ESMO Asia 2016 Congress (Abstract 62O_PR), to be held December 16–19 in Singapore.The study in over 5,500 women found that younger patients and those who...

breast cancer
symptom management

Effectiveness of Electroacupuncture for Sleep Disturbances in Patients With Breast Cancer and Hot Flashes

Studies suggest that approximately 30% to 40% of women with breast cancer report persistent hot flashes. Nocturnal hot flashes are among the most problematic because they can contribute to poor sleep. A new study published by Garland et al in Menopause shows that electroacupuncture may be effective ...

breast cancer

Aleix Prat, MD, PhD, on HER2-Positive Breast Cancer: First Results of the PAMELA Trial (Spanish Language Version)

Aleix Prat, MD, PhD, of the University of Barcelona, discusses in Spanish study findings on intrinsic subtype as a predictor of pathologic complete response following neoadjuvant dual HER2 blockade without chemotherapy in HER2-positive breast cancer (Abstract S3-03).

breast cancer

Virginia G. Kaklamani, MD, DSc, on Early Breast Cancer: Year in Review

Virginia G. Kaklamani, MD, DSc, of The University of Texas Health Science Center, discusses new directions in prevention, early detection, and treatment of early-stage breast cancer, using genomic tests and targeted therapies.

breast cancer

Monica Morrow, MD: Brinker Award Lecture Summary on Changing Paradigms in Local Therapy of Breast Cancer

Monica Morrow, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, recognized at this year’s meeting for scientific distinction in clinical research, summarizes her Brinker Award lecture on modifying local therapy to decrease the burden of cancer treatment.

breast cancer

S.P. Somashekhar, MBBS, MCh(Onco), on Watson for Oncology: A Validation Study for Breast Cancer

S.P. Somashekhar, MBBS, MCh(Onco), of the Manipal Comprehensive Cancer Centre, discusses a study to assess the performance of IBM's artificial intelligence platform in comparison to a multidisciplinary tumor board (Abstract S6-07).

breast cancer

Eric P. Winer, MD: The McGuire Lecture

Eric P. Winer, MD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, summarizes his McGuire lecture on the past and future of breast cancer treatment.

breast cancer

Mothaffar Rimawi, MD, on HR-Positive, HER2-Positive Breast Cancer: Results of the NRG Oncology/NSABP B-52 Trial

Mothaffar Rimawi, MD, of the Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine, discusses phase II findings from a study evaluating pathologic complete response in patients with HR-positive, HER2-positive disease treated with neoadjuvant docetaxel, carboplatin, trastuzumab, and pertuzumab with or...

breast cancer
symptom management

Patricia A. Ganz, MD: Aromatase Inhibitors Data Review

Patricia A. Ganz, MD, of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, summarizes two studies on using duloxetine for aromatase inhibitor–associated musculoskeletal symptoms, and aromatase inhibitors’ effect on endothelial function and heart disease (Abstracts S5-06 and S5-07).

breast cancer

Matthew P. Goetz, MD, on Advanced Breast Cancer: Expert Perspectives

Matthew P. Goetz, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, reviews progress made during the past year on treatment of advanced disease.

breast cancer

Ruth O'Regan, MD, on Locally Advanced and Metastatic Breast Cancer: Results of the BELLE-3 Trial

Ruth O'Regan, MD, of the University of Wisconsin, discusses study findings on buparlisib plus fulvestrant in postmenopausal women with HR-positive, HER2-positive, aromatase inhibitor–treated, locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer, who progressed on or after mTOR inhibitor–based treatment...

breast cancer

Lisa A. Carey, MD, and Maki Tanioka, MD, on HER2+ Breast Cancer: Results From the CALGB 40601 Alliance Trial

Lisa A. Carey, MD, and Maki Tanioka, MD, both of the University of North Carolina, discuss study findings on weekly paclitaxel and trastuzumab with or without lapatinib for HER2-positive breast cancer (Abstract S3-05).

breast cancer

Lisa A. Carey, MD, and Ingrid A. Mayer, MD, on Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Treatment Challenges

Lisa A. Carey, MD, of the University of North Carolina, and Ingrid A. Mayer, MD, of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, discuss the current studies on neoadjuvant systemic treatment in the triple-negative disease setting.

breast cancer

Lisa A. Carey, MD, on SABCS Meeting Highlights: Expert Perspective

Lisa A. Carey, MD, of the University of North Carolina, discusses a session she moderated on key data presented at SABCS, and gives her expert views on putting the research data into clinical practice.

cost of care
global cancer care
breast cancer

Peter Bach, MD, on The Global Cost of Cancer Care

Peter Bach, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, summarizes his plenary lecture on drug costs and their effect on the affordability of cancer care worldwide (Plenary Lecture 3).

breast cancer
genomics/genetics

Nikhil Wagle, MD, on Breast Cancer: Advances in Genomics

Nikhil Wagle, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses the genomic sequencing of ER-positive metastatic breast cancer that has become resistant to therapies and the implications for the choice of next therapy, clinical trial eligibility, and novel drug targets (Abstract S1-01).

breast cancer

Joseph A. Sparano, MD, on Early-Stage Breast Cancer: Findings on the Tumor Microenvironment

Joseph A. Sparano, MD, of the Montefiore Medical Center, discusses the tumor microenvironment of metastasis score and its association with early distant recurrence in HR-positive, HER2-negative early-stage breast cancer (Abstract S4-04). To view a short film on capturing imaging inside breast...

breast cancer

Hyo Sook Han, MD, on Metastatic Breast Cancer: Trial Results on Veliparib, Carboplatin, and Paclitaxel

Hyo Sook Han, MD, of Moffitt Cancer Center, discusses phase II study findings on the efficacy and tolerability of veliparib in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel vs placebo in patients with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations and metastatic breast cancer (Abstract S2-05).

breast cancer
symptom management

Anne Hudson Blaes, MD, on Aromatase Inhibitors and Cardiovascular Disease

Anne Hudson Blaes, MD, of the University of Minnesota, discusses the association between aromatase inhibitors, endothelial function, and early heart disease (Abstract S5-07).

symptom management
breast cancer

Jame Abraham, MD, on Hair Loss: SCALP Trial Results

Jame Abraham, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic, discusses findings of the Scalp Cooling Alopecia Prevention trial for patients with early-stage breast cancer (Abstract S5-02).

breast cancer

Jame Abraham, MD, on ER-Positive Breast Cancer: Expert Perspective on Initial Results of NRG Oncology/NSABP B-42

Jame Abraham, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic, gives his perspective on study results of extended adjuvant endocrine therapy in postmenopausal women with estrogen receptor–positive breast cancer who have completed previous adjuvant endocrine treatment (Abstract S1-05).

breast cancer

Ruth O’Regan, MD, and Ann H. Partridge, MD, on The NRG Oncology/NSABP B-42, IDEAL, and DATA Studies

Ruth O’Regan, MD, of the University of Wisconsin, and Ann H. Partridge, MD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discuss study findings from a session Dr. O’Regan moderated on three major trials addressing anastrozole after tamoxifen in HR-positive early breast cancer, letrozole in HR-positive...

breast cancer

Samuel Smith, PhD, on Tamoxifen Adherence: Results of the IBIS-1 Study

Samuel Smith, PhD, of Queen Mary University of London, discusses study findings on menopausal symptoms as predictors of long‐term adherence in an International breast cancer intervention study (Abstract S5-03).

breast cancer

Harold J. Burstein, MD, PhD, on Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy: Expert Perspective

Harold J. Burstein, MD, PhD, from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, gives an update on the duration of adjuvant endocrine therapy and offers his expert views on putting the research data into clinical practice.

breast cancer

Sara A. Hurvitz, MD, on HR-Positive, HER2-Negative Breast Cancer: Results of the neoMONARCH Trial

Sara A. Hurvitz, MD, of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, discusses findings on the biological effects of abemaciclib in a neoadjuvant study for postmenopausal patients (Abstract S4-06).

breast cancer

Aleix Prat, MD, PhD, on HER2-Positive Breast Cancer: First Results of the PAMELA Trial

Aleix Prat, MD, PhD, of the University of Barcelona, discusses study findings on intrinsic subtype as a predictor of pathologic complete response following neoadjuvant dual HER2 blockade without chemotherapy in HER2-positive breast cancer (Abstract S3-03).

breast cancer

Ruth O’Regan, MD, and Ann H. Partridge, MD, on HER2+ Breast Cancer: Results From the CLEOPATRA Trial

Ruth O’Regan, MD, of the University of Wisconsin, and Ann H. Partridge, MD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discuss study findings on the prognostic associations of TILs in metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer (Abstract S1-04).

breast cancer

Stephen R.D. Johnston, MBBS, PhD, and Ann H. Partridge, MD, on Breast Cancer: Managing Metastatic ER+ Disease

Stephen R.D. Johnston, MBBS, PhD, of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, and Ann H. Partridge, MD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discuss the role of endocrine therapy and optimal sequencing, recent progress in first-line treatment, and resistance pathways and second-line treatment...

breast cancer
issues in oncology

Jennifer K. Litton, MD, and Ann H. Partridge, MD, on Breast Cancer in Young Women

Jennifer K. Litton, MD, of MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Ann H. Partridge, MD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discuss a range of issues for young women with breast cancer, including epidemiologic and biologic differences in younger patients, fertility issues, and pregnancy-associated breast...

breast cancer
survivorship

Dawn Hershman, MD, on Breast Cancer Survivorship: Poster Discussion

Dawn Hershman, MD, of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University Medical Center, reviews findings on survivorship care plans, interventions to reduce chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, and the cardiac effects of aromatase inhibitors (Poster Discussion 4).

breast cancer
genomics/genetics

Jennifer A. Ligibel, MD, on Gene Expression: Study Findings

Jennifer A. Ligibel, MD, of Harvard Medical School, discusses the impact of preoperative exercise on breast cancer gene expression (Abstract S5-05).

breast cancer

Rowan T. Chlebowski, MD, PhD, on Diet and Breast Cancer: Trial Results

Rowan T. Chlebowski, MD, PhD, of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, discusses findings from the Women’s Health Initiative Dietary Modification study on low-fat diet and breast cancer overall survival (Abstract S5-04).

breast cancer

Diana M. Eccles, MD, on Young Breast Cancer Patients: Results From the POSH Study

Diana M. Eccles, MD, of the University of Southampton, discusses findings from a study of sporadic and hereditary breast cancer and whether BRCA status affects outcome in young breast cancer patients (Abstract S2-03).

breast cancer

Sonja Vliek, MD, and Sabine Linn, MD, PhD, on Early Breast Cancer: Results of the TEAM IIb Trial

Sabine Linn, MD, PhD, and Sonja Vliek, MD, both of the Netherlands Cancer Institute, discuss study findings on adjuvant ibandronate in postmenopausal women with early breast cancer (Abstract S6-02).

breast cancer
issues in oncology
survivorship

Psychotropic and Opioid Medication Use in Older Patients With Breast Cancer Across the Care Trajectory

A new McGill University study published by Syrowatka et al in JNCCN – Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network found that most patients with breast cancer aged 65 and older use psychotropic and opioid medications during active treatment, often in the first year of...

breast cancer

Judith Balmaña, MD, PhD, on Metastatic Breast Cancer: Study Results on Lurbinectedin (Spanish Language Version)

Judith Balmaña, MD, PhD, of Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, discusses in Spanish the findings of a single-agent phase II trial on the antitumor activity of lurbinectedin in BRCA1/2-associated metastatic breast cancer patients. (Abstract 223O)

breast cancer

Matthew J. Ellis, PhD, MB, BCh, on Breast Cancer: Results of the FALCON Trial

Matthew J. Ellis, PhD, MB, BCh, of the Baylor College of Medicine, discusses phase III study findings on fulvestrant 500 mg vs anastrozole for hormone receptor-positive advanced disease. (Abstract LBA14)

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