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NCCN Guidelines® Compliance for Chest CT May Reduce False Positives and Decrease Health-Care Spending in Breast Cancer

According to Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) data, more than 260,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States in 2016, most of whom were diagnosed with early-stage (stage I or II) disease. For this demographic, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network®...

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Accelerated vs Standard Epirubicin and Capecitabine vs CMF in Adjuvant Therapy for Breast Cancer

The phase III UK TACT2 trial has shown no efficacy benefit of accelerated vs standard epirubicin and a potential quality-of-life benefit of capecitabine vs CMF (cyclophosphamide, methotrexate, fluorouracil) as adjuvant therapy for breast cancer. The findings were reported in The Lancet Oncology by...

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Equivalence Trial of Neoadjuvant Trastuzumab Biosimilar CT-P6 vs Trastuzumab in HER2-Positive Breast Cancer

A phase III equivalence trial has shown comparable pathologic complete response rates with the proposed trastuzumab biosimilar CT-P6 vs reference trastuzumab (Herceptin) in neoadjuvant treatment of HER2-positive early breast cancer. The study was reported by Stebbing et al in The Lancet Oncology....

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Trends in Surgery After Initial Lumpectomy for Breast Cancer

In a study reported in JAMA Oncology, Morrow et al found that the rates of surgery after initial lumpectomy for stage I or II breast cancer have decreased with dissemination of guidelines advocating a minimal negative surgical margin. A 2014 consensus statement of the Society of Surgical Oncology...

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prostate cancer

SNMMI 2017: Imaging Metastatic Breast and Prostate Cancer Using Dual-Agent PET/MRI With Time of Flight

Simultaneous injections of the radiopharmaceuticals fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (F-18 FDG) and fluorine-18 sodium fluoride (F-18 NaF) followed by quantitative scanning significantly improved image quality and detection of bone metastases at a lower dose, according to research presented at...

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Combination of Buparlisib and Fulvestrant in Postmenopausal Women With Advanced Breast Cancer

In the phase III BELLE-2 trial, the addition of the PI3K inhibitor buparlisib to fulvestrant (Faslodex) improved progression-free survival in postmenopausal hormone receptor–positive, HER2-negative advanced breast cancer—but at the cost of excessive toxicity. Results were reported in...

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Adding Abemaciclib to Fulvestrant in Hormone Receptor–Positive, HER2-Negative Breast Cancer

In the phase III MONARCH 2 trial reported at the recent ASCO Annual Meeting and in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Sledge et al, the addition of the selective cyclin-dependent kinase 4 and 6 (CDK4/6) inhibitor abemaciclib to fulvestrant (Faslodex) improved progression-free survival in hormone...

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Lisa A. Carey, MD, and Richard S. Finn, MD, on Breast Cancer: Findings From the PALOMA-1/TRIO 18 Trial

Lisa A. Carey, MD, of the University of North Carolina, and Richard S. Finn, MD, of UCLA Medical Center, discuss phase II overall survival findings on palbociclib in combination with letrozole vs letrozole alone for front-line treatment of ER+/HER2– advanced breast cancer. (Abstract 1001)

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Lisa A. Carey, MD, and Nadia Harbeck, MD, PhD, on Early HER2-Negative Breast Cancer: Results of the PlanB Trial

Lisa A. Carey, MD, of the University of North Carolina, and Nadia Harbeck, MD, PhD, of Brustzentrum der Universität München, discuss study findings on adjuvant 4xEC→4x doc vs 6x docetaxel/cyclophosphamide in patients with high clinical risk and intermediate-to-high genomic risk HER2-negative, early ...

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ASCO 2017: I-SPY 2 Trial: Combination of Pembrolizumab Plus Standard Neoadjuvant Therapy in High-Risk Breast Cancer

At the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting, results were presented from the phase II I-SPY 2 trial investigating pembrolizumab (Keytruda) in combination with standard therapy (paclitaxel followed by doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide) as a neoadjuvant treatment for patients with locally advanced triple-negative ...

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Lisa A. Carey, MD, and Mark E. Robson, MD, on HER2-Negative Breast Cancer: Results From the OlympiAD Trial

Lisa A. Carey, MD, of the University of North Carolina, and Mark E. Robson, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discuss phase III study findings on olaparib monotherapy vs chemotherapy for patients with HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer and a germline BRCA mutation. (Abstract LBA4)

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Gunter von Minckwitz, MD, on HER2+ Breast Cancer: Results From the APHINITY Trial

Gunter von Minckwitz, MD, of the German Breast Group, discusses study findings on a randomized comparison of chemotherapy, trastuzumab, and placebo vs chemotherapy, trastuzumab, and pertuzumab as adjuvant therapy in patients with HER2-positive early breast cancer. (Abstract LBA500)

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OlympiAD Trial: Olaparib in Metastatic Breast Cancer With Germline BRCA Mutation

As reported in the Plenary Session at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting and in The New England Journal of Medicine by Robson et al, the phase III OlympiAD trial showed that the poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor olaparib (Lynparza) prolonged progression-free survival vs standard therapy in...

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ASCO 2017: The APHINITY Trial: Adding a Second HER2 Blocker May Lower Chance of Invasive Breast Cancer for Some Women

A phase III clinical trial of 4,805 women with HER2-positive breast cancer suggests the addition of a second HER2-targeted medicine, pertuzumab (Perjeta), to standard-of-care trastuzumab (Herceptin) after surgery may improve outcomes, although the benefit is modest. The study was presented by von...

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Gunter von Minckwitz, MD, on HER2+ Breast Cancer: Results From the APHINITY Trial

Gunter von Minckwitz, MD, of the German Breast Group, discusses study findings on a randomized comparison of chemotherapy, trastuzumab, and placebo vs chemotherapy, trastuzumab, and pertuzumab as adjuvant therapy in patients with HER2-positive early breast cancer. (Abstract LBA500)

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Jame Abraham, MD, on Breast Cancer: Expert Perspective on the MONARCH 2 Trial

Jame Abraham, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic, gives his views on findings on abemaciclib in combination with fulvestrant in patients with HR+/HER2- advanced breast cancer who progressed on endocrine therapy. (Abstract 1000)

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ASCO 2017: OlympiAD Trial: Olaparib Slows Growth of BRCA-Related Metastatic Breast Cancer

Findings from a phase III clinical trial of about 300 women may introduce poly ADP ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitors as a new type of treatment for breast cancer. Compared to standard chemotherapy, the oral targeted medicine olaparib (Lynparza) reduced the chance of progression of advanced,...

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survivorship

Matteo Lambertini, MD, on Pregnancy in Breast Cancer Patients: Results From a Multicenter Study

Matteo Lambertini, MD, of the Institut Jules Bordet, discusses a long-term follow-up analysis of the safety of pregnancy in patients with a history of estrogen receptor–positive breast cancer. (Abstract LBA10066)

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survivorship

ASCO 2017: Pregnancy After Breast Cancer Does Not Increase Chance of Recurrence

Findings from a retrospective study of 1,200 women provide reassurance to breast cancer survivors who are contemplating pregnancy. In the study, women who became pregnant after an early breast cancer diagnosis, including those with estrogen receptor–positive tumors, did not have a higher...

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supportive care

ASCO 2017: Conquer Fear Intervention Lowers Young Breast Cancer Survivors’ Fear of Cancer Recurrence

About 50% of all cancer survivors and 70% of young breast cancer survivors report a moderate to high fear of recurrence. The fear can be so distressing that it negatively affects medical follow-up behavior, mood, relationships, work, goal setting, and quality of life. Yet interventions to alleviate ...

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Image-Guided Biopsies Accurately Identify Patients With Breast Cancer Who Achieve Pathologic Complete Response Following Neoadjuvant Therapy

In a clinical feasibility trial conducted at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, image-guided biopsies identified select breast cancer patients who achieved pathologic complete response after neoadjuvant systemic therapy consisting of chemotherapy and/or targeted therapy. Should the...

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Study Finds Hypofractionated Whole-Breast Irradiation Leads Breast Cancer Radiation Therapies in Cost-Effectiveness, Quality of Life

In a study of three radiation therapies for early-stage breast cancer, one treatment option stands out as offering the most value based on factors including health outcomes, cost-effectiveness, and quality of life. The treatment—hypofractionated whole-breast irradiation—also requires...

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Breast Cancer Risk and Histologic Findings in Serial Benign Biopsies

As reported by Visscher et al in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, changes in the histologic category between initial and subsequent biopsies had a significant effect on the risk for breast cancer among women with serial benign biopsy findings. Study Details The study involved 1,414...

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Final Overall Survival Results of TH3RESA Trial in Breast Cancer

The final overall survival results of the phase III TH3RESA trial indicate a 32% reduction in risk of death with ado-trastuzumab emtansine (Kadcyla) vs treatment of physician’s choice in patients with previously treated HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer. The findings were reported in The ...

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ASCO and CAP Invite Comment on Focused Update to HER2 Testing Guideline in Breast Cancer

Draft recommendations as part of a focused update to the ASCO/College of American Pathologists (CAP) evidence-based guideline for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) testing in breast cancer are now open for public comment through June 12, 2017. For patients with invasive breast...

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Tai Chi Chih vs Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia in Breast Cancer Survivors

In a study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Irwin et al, Tai Chi Chih, a form of movement meditation, was noninferior to insomnia-specific cognitive behavioral therapy in improving insomnia in breast cancer survivors. Study Details In the study, 90 patients with insomnia from the...

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Effect of Fixed Second Appointments on Breast Cancer Screening Attendance

In a UK study reported in The Lancet Oncology, Allgood et al found that provision of a second timed appointment for breast cancer screening improved screening rates among women who did not attend a first offered appointment. Study Details In the study, women who were invited for breast screening...

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Final Overall Survival Results of EMILIA Trial in Breast Cancer

As reported in The Lancet Oncology by Diéras et al, the final overall survival results of the phase III EMILIA trial show improved outcome with ado-trastuzumab emtansine (Kadcyla) vs capecitabine plus lapatinib (Tykerb) in previously treated HER2-positive advanced breast cancer. Approval of...

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Alcohol Consumption May Be Associated With Higher Risk of Breast Cancer in African American Women

Alcohol intake was associated with an increased risk of breast cancer in a large study of African American women, indicating that they, like white women, may benefit from limiting their alcohol consumption, according to results of a study published by Williams et al in Cancer Epidemiology,...

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Study on Women Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer

A study by Mariotto et al investigating the prevalence of women living with metastatic breast cancer in the United States estimates that there are 154,794 women living with the disease. In addition, the median and 5-year relative survival for women initially diagnosed with metastatic breast...

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Long-Term Follow-up of Intergroup Exemestane Study

A final efficacy analysis of the Intergroup Exemestane Study, reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Morden et al, shows continued benefit of switching to adjuvant exemestane after 2 to 3 years of tamoxifen in patients with early breast cancer. Study Details In the trial, patients who...

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Hypofractionated Postmastectomy Radiation in Breast Cancer

In a phase II trial, Khan et al found that hypofractionated postmastectomy radiotherapy, completed in 15 treatment days, was safe and effective in women with stage II to IIIa breast cancer. The study was reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Study Details In the study, 67 women from 2...

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Changes in HER2 Breast Cancer Testing According to 2007 and 2013 ASCO/CAP Guidelines

Hanna et al have reported that the 2013 update to the 2007 ASCO/College of American Pathologists (CAP) recommendations for HER2 testing in breast cancer did not result in changes in the overall HER2-positivity rate but was associated with a higher rate of equivocal results. Their findings were...

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Adding Pertuzumab to Trastuzumab/Capecitabine in Pretreated HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer

The phase III PHEREXA trial has shown no significant improvement in progression-free survival with the addition of pertuzumab (Perjeta) to trastuzumab (Herceptin)/capecitabine in patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer with disease progression during or after trastuzumab-based...

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FDA Approves Ribociclib/Letrozole Co‑Pack for Postmenopausal Patients With Advanced or Metastatic Breast Cancer

On May 8, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the copackaging of ribociclib (Kisqali) and letrozole (Femara) tablets for the treatment of hormone receptor–positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative advanced or metastatic breast cancer in postmenopausal ...

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Final, 10-Year Follow-up of Phase III Trial on Adding Gemcitabine to Adjuvant Therapy in Breast Cancer

The final, 10-year follow-up of the ‘all comers’ tAnGo trial, reported by Earl et al in The Lancet Oncology, continued to show no overall benefit of adding gemcitabine to adjuvant therapy in women with early-stage breast cancer. The trial, initiated in 2001, included patients...

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IMPAKT 2017: Few Variations in Somatic Mutations Observed Between Pregnant and Nonpregnant Patients With Breast Cancer

Findings comparing the mutational landscape in pregnant and nonpregnant patients with breast cancer that sought to define whether the disease may have a different biology in pregnant women were reported by Loibl et al at the 2017 IMPAKT Breast Cancer Conference, held in Brussels (Abstract...

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IMPAKT 2017: Luminal Androgen Receptor Subtype of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Demonstrates Sensitivity to CDK4/6 Inhibition

Researchers have identified a subtype of triple-negative breast cancer that may be responsive to inhibition of cyclin-dependent kinases 4 and 6 (CDK4/6), according to findings presented by Asghar et al at the 2017 IMPAKT Breast Cancer Conference, held in Brussels (Abstract 44P). This study also...

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IMPAKT 2017: High Baseline Tumor-Infiltrating Lymphocyte Levels Signal Superior Responses in HER2-Positive Breast Cancer

Baseline levels of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) in pretreatment biopsies from patients with HER2-positive breast cancer are significantly associated with pathologic complete response rates following neoadjuvant chemotherapy plus anti-HER2 agents (trastuzumab [Herceptin], lapatinib...

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Germline Genetic Testing and Treatment Decisions in Early-Stage Breast Cancer

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Kurian et al, surveys in a population-based sample of patients recently diagnosed with breast cancer indicate that many undergo genetic risk testing without seeing a genetics counselor and that many with BRCA1/2 variants of uncertain significance...

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Benefit of Survivorship Care Plans Among Low-Income, Predominantly Latina Breast Cancer Survivors

A randomized trial, reported by Maly et al in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, has shown that having an individualized survivorship care plan in place was associated with increased physician implementation of recommended breast cancer survivorship care among low-income, predominantly Latina breast ...

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New 'Bone-in Culture Array' Tests Therapies for Breast Cancer Metastasis

A new laboratory technique developed by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and other institutions can rapidly test the effectiveness of treatments for life-threatening breast cancer metastases in bone. Findings of this research were published by Wang et al in Nature Communications....

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symptom management

Joint Position Statement on Management of Aromatase Inhibitor–Associated Bone Loss in Postmenopausal Women With Hormone-Sensitive Breast Cancer

A new position statement, jointly published by seven international and European organizations, identifies fracture-related risk factors in patients treated with aromatase inhibitors and outlines key management strategies to help prevent bone loss and related fractures. It was published by Hadji et...

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supportive care
integrative oncology

Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Evidence-Based Use of Integrative Therapies During and After Breast Cancer Treatment

In newly updated clinical guidelines from the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO), researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, along with an interdisciplinary team of colleagues at The University of Texas MD Anderson...

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Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer and Risk for Local Metastases

A pathologic complete response to presurgical therapy occurs in between 40% and 50% of patients with HER2-positive and triple-negative breast cancer, raising the question of the need for surgery for all patients after neoadjuvant chemotherapy indicates a pathologic complete response in...

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Multigene Test Could Help Extend Life Expectancy for Women at Risk of Hereditary Breast Cancer

New research indicates that testing for variants in seven cancer-associated genes (instead of the usual process of testing in just two genes) followed by risk-reduction management could cost-effectively improve life expectancy for women at risk of hereditary breast cancer. The findings were...

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Efficacy Analysis of ABC Breast Cancer Trials of Adjuvant Taxane With/Without Anthracycline in HER2-Negative Disease

As reported by Blum et al in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the efficacy analysis of the combined adjuvant Anthracyclines in Early Breast Cancer (ABC) Trials showed better invasive disease-free survival with taxane plus doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide (TaxAC) regimens vs six cycles of...

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Breast Cancer Rates Increasing Among Asian Americans

In contrast to other racial/ethnic groups in the United States, Asian Americans have experienced steadily increasing breast cancer rates over the past 15 years, according to findings published by Gomez et al in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. To better understand potential contributors to...

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21-Gene Assay Score and Chemotherapy Decision-Making in Node-Positive Early Breast Cancer

The 21-gene recurrence score assay, Oncotype DX, determines a score that estimates the likelihood of distant recurrence of disease in women with early-stage estrogen receptor–positive breast cancer; this score is used to assess the benefit of adjuvant chemotherapy. Testing with this assay is...

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Effect of Radiotherapy Boost for Ductal Carcinoma in Situ After Whole-Breast Radiotherapy

In an analysis reported in JAMA Oncology, Moran et al found that a radiotherapy boost for ductal carcinoma in situ with local control after whole-breast radiotherapy was associated with a reduction in the risk for ipsilateral breast tumor recurrence. Study Details The analysis pooled...

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