Carla S. Fisher, MD
CARLA S. FISHER, MD, Medical Director of Breast Surgical Oncology and Associate Professor of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, commented on the study that sought to identify HER2- positive patients who do, and do not, need surgery after neoadjuvant chemotherapy.
“As we look to the future of treatment for patients with breast cancer, it is clear that a better understanding of tumor biology will guide us in omitting unnecessary treatments for some tumor types while remaining appropriately aggressive for others. This study by Dr. Sun and colleagues highlights clinical and radiologic characteristics of the aggressive HER2-positive breast cancers that help predict a complete response to chemotherapy, thereby setting up opportunities to avoid surgery for these patients in the future,” she said. ■
DISCLOSURE: Dr. Fisher reported no conflicts of interest
Breast cancer researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, are beginning to select patients with HER2-positive breast cancer who might forgo surgery after neoadjuvant chemotherapy. While this fine-tuning is currently intended to inform clinical trials—in particular, to ...