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Expert Point of View: Harold Burstein, MD, PhD, FASCO, and Jame Abraham, MD, FACP

Harold Burstein, MD, PhD, FASCO, Associate Professor of Medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, and Jame Abraham, MD, FACP, Director of the Breast Oncology Program at Taussig Cancer Institute and Co-Director of the Cleveland Clinic Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program, commented on what...

breast cancer

KATHERINE Trial: Adjuvant T-DM1 Reduces Invasive Disease Risk by 50% vs Trastuzumab in HER2-Positive Early Breast Cancer

In patients with HER2-positive early breast cancer and residual disease after neoadjuvant chemotherapy, adjuvant treatment with trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1; Kadcyla) reduced the risk of invasive disease by 50% over trastuzumab (Herceptin).1 The phase III KATHERINE study was presented at the 2018...

breast cancer

Harold J. Burstein, MD, PhD, and Daniel F. Hayes, MD, on Breast Cancer With Positive Lymph Nodes: Treatment Controversy

Harold J. Burstein, MD, PhD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Daniel F. Hayes, MD, of the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center debate whether all women with breast cancer and positive lymph nodes should receive chemotherapy.

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...

ASCO Names Adoptive Cell Immunotherapy as Cancer Advance of the Year

In Clinical Cancer Advances 2018: ASCO’s Annual Report on Progress Against Cancer, which highlights the most impactful cancer research progress and the importance of federally funded research, ASCO recognized a type of adoptive cell immunotherapy—chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy—as...

solid tumors
breast cancer
immunotherapy

NSABP B-47: No Benefit for Adjuvant Trastuzumab in HER2-Low Breast Cancer

  For more than a decade, breast cancer experts have wondered whether women with low levels of HER2 might derive some benefit from trastuzumab (Herceptin), based on signals seen in earlier trastuzumab trials. Most notably, in the landmark National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) ...

breast cancer

Harold J. Burstein, MD, PhD, on HR+ Early Breast Cancer: Update of the SOFT Trial

Harold J. Burstein, MD, PhD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses study findings on a comparison of adjuvant tamoxifen plus ovarian function suppression vs tamoxifen in premenopausal women with hormone receptor–positive breast cancer (Abstract GS4-03).

breast cancer

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...

symptom management

ASCO 2017: Web-Based System for Self-Reporting Symptoms Helps Patients Live Longer

A randomized clinical trial of 766 patients shows that a simple intervention—a Web-based tool that enables patients to report their symptoms in real time, triggering alerts to clinicians—can have major benefits, including longer survival. Patients with metastatic cancer who used the...

issues in oncology

Immunotherapy 2.0 Named Advance of the Year in ASCO's Report

A growing number of patients with cancer are benefiting from research advances in immunotherapy, leading ASCO to name immunotherapy as the Society's Advance of the Year for a second year in a row. Released today, Clinical Cancer Advances 2017: ASCO's Annual Report on Progress Against Cancer...

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

Another Step Forward for Genomic Assays in Early-Stage Breast Cancer: Findings With MammaPrint in the MINDACT Trial

Genomic assays have had a powerful influence on the management of early-stage breast cancer, particularly estrogen receptor–positive tumors. The mainstay of adjuvant treatment for early-stage, hormone receptor–positive breast cancer has been endocrine therapy, either with tamoxifen and an...

breast cancer

ASCO Guideline on Endocrine Therapy for Hormone Receptor–Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer

As reported by Hope S. Rugo, MD, of the University of California San Francisco Comprehensive Cancer Center, and colleagues in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, ASCO has released a clinical practice guideline on endocrine therapy for hormone receptor–positive metastatic breast cancer.1 The...

breast cancer

ASCO Clinical Practice Guideline Update on Ovarian Suppression/Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy in Hormone Receptor–Positive Breast Cancer

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Harold J. Burstein, MD, PhD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, and colleagues, ASCO has released a clinical practice guideline update on ovarian suppression as part of the extant guideline on adjuvant endocrine therapy in hormone...

breast cancer

ASCO Guideline on Endocrine Therapy for Hormone Receptor–Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer

As reported by Hope S. Rugo, MD, of the University of California San Francisco Comprehensive Cancer Center, and colleagues in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, ASCO has released a clinical practice guideline on endocrine therapy for hormone receptor–positive metastatic breast cancer. The...

Expert Point of View: Harold ­Burstein, MD, PhD

Invited discussant Harold ­Burstein, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a medical oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, called MINDACT “a heroic effort” whose results show that combining stage, pathology, and...

breast cancer
issues in oncology

ASCO Clinical Practice Guideline Update on Ovarian Suppression/Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy in Hormone Receptor–Positive Breast Cancer

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Burstein et al, ASCO has released a clinical practice guideline update on ovarian suppression as part of the extant guideline on adjuvant endocrine therapy in hormone receptor–positive breast cancer. The update is based on an update panel...

breast cancer

Harold J. Burstein, MD, PhD, and Lisa A. Carey, MD, on Innovations in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Harold J. Burstein, MD, PhD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Lisa Carey, MD, of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, discuss: The TNT trial comparing docetaxel to carboplatin The CALGB trial on response rates after neoadjuvant chemo with or without carboplatin or bevacizumab...

breast cancer

Matthew J. Ellis, MD, PhD, and Harold J. Burstein, MD, PhD, on Genome-Directed Therapeutics for Endocrine Therapy-Resistant ER-Positive Breast Cancer

Matthew J. Ellis, MD, PhD, of the Baylor College of Medicine discusses with Harold J. Burstein, MD, PhD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute genome-directed therapeutics for endocrine therapy-resistant estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer.

breast cancer

Breast Cancer Studies Explore Wide Variety of Prevention and Treatment Strategies, Offering New Insights

At the Best of ASCO® meeting in Miami, Harold Burstein, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, and Carey K. Anders, MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, presented high-impact breast cancer abstracts that will enable clinicians to optimize their use of radiotherapy and biologics. ...

issues in oncology

2012 Annual Meeting to Highlight NCI’s ‘Provocative Questions’ and Offer First-ever Pre–Annual Meeting Seminars

As this year’s ASCO Annual Meeting was being planned, the NCI was developing and releasing its “Provocative Questions” project—an effort to stimulate the cancer community to ask itself 24 key questions in order to advance the treatment of cancer and provide better care. It quickly became clear to...

breast cancer

Defining Meaningful Benefit: The Debate Continues in Bevacizumab’s Wake

The events surrounding the labeling of bevacizumab (Avastin) have been well covered since last November when the FDA withdrew the drug’s accelerated approval as a treatment for metastatic breast cancer. However, the controversy initiated a debate over the value of endpoints in clinical trials in...

Fellows of the American Society of Clinical Oncology: 2012 Recipients Will be Honored at ASCO Annual Meeting

Formerly called the ASCO Statesman Award, which launched in 2007, the new distinction of Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO) is designed to honor ASCO’s most active volunteer members. “The FASCO status represents recognition for the most dedicated volunteer members inside...

SIDEBAR: Browsing the Anti-HER2 Options

“Where do current findings leave us in terms of anti-HER2 therapy options?” asked Harold J. Burstein, MD, PhD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Center, Boston, who moderated the Best of ASCO Boston meeting. New drugs are joining trastuzumab (Herceptin) and lapatinib (Tykerb), and there will be some juggling...

breast cancer

Refining Current Treatments and Looking Ahead in HER2-positive Breast Cancer

In a study presented at the ASCO Plenary Session, trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1), the antibody-drug conjugate linking trastuzumab (Herceptin) to a cytotoxic agent, improved progression-free survival by 3.2 months, representing a 35% reduction in risk of progression in the phase III EMILIA trial.1...

Best of ASCO® Meetings Offer Data, Commentary, and Interaction with the Experts

Three Best of ASCO meetings were held over the summer in Chicago, Boston, and San Diego. The faculty distilled the most interesting and immediately applicable data from the 2012 ASCO Annual Meeting, provided personal perspectives, and interacted with attendees for an educational experience that was ...

breast cancer

In DCIS, Radiotherapy Benefits ‘Good Risk’ Patients

Radiation therapy will improve outcomes for patients with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), even if they are considered at low risk for recurrence, according to the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) 9804 trial.1 But the follow-up time is short, and the findings still leave some wiggle room,...

MSKCC’s Decision Not to Purchase New Cancer Drug Sparks Editorial and Unprecedented Actions

“At Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, we recently made a decision that should have been a no-brainer: we are not going to give a phenomenally expensive new cancer drug to our patients.” That was the opening sentence of a New York Times op-ed piece written by three physicians from Memorial...

breast cancer

Optimizing Anti-HER2 Treatment for Metastatic Breast Cancer in 2013 

The good news about HER2-positive breast cancer is that recurrent disease is plummeting, owing to the impact of adjuvant trastuzumab [Herceptin]. Hopefully, first-line metastatic treatment is becoming a thing of the past,” said Harold Burstein, MD, PhD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston....

Margaret A. Tempero, MD, Named Editor-in-Chief of JNCCN

JNCCN – Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), has named Margaret A. Tempero, MD, as Editor-in-Chief. Dr. Tempero assumed the position of Editor-in-Chief on February 3, 2014, succeeding Harold J. Burstein, MD, PhD, who...

symptom management

Guidelines for Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathy: The Known Unknowns

It is a tribute to the advances in supportive care that peripheral neuropathy, along with fatigue, has become the most vexing management challenge in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. The successes of modern antiemetic regimens and white blood cell growth factor support have radically altered ...

breast cancer

Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy for Hormone Receptor–Positive Breast Cancer: ASCO Clinical Practice Guideline Focused Update

ASCO has released a focused update of its clinical practice guideline on adjuvant endocrine therapy in women with hormone receptor–positive breast cancer.1 The focused update, formulated by Harold J. Burstein, MD, PhD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, and colleagues in the ASCO Update...

breast cancer

No Benefit of Adding Lapatinib to Fulvestrant in Hormone Receptor–Positive Advanced Breast Cancer

In a phase III trial (Cancer and Leukemia Group B [CALGB] 40302/Alliance) reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Harold J. Burstein, MD, PhD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, and colleagues found that the addition of the dual EGFR-HER2 inhibitor lapatinib (Tykerb) to endocrine...

leukemia

ASCO Releases Annual Report on Progress Against Cancer

ASCO recently released its report, Clinical Cancer Advances 2015: An Annual Report on Progress Against Cancer, and for the first time announced its cancer Advance of the Year: gains made in the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The report credited improvements in CLL care with four...

breast cancer
survivorship

Breast Cancer Survivors May Expect More Extensive or Frequent Follow-up Testing Than Recommended

Patients who have been treated for breast cancer may overestimate the value of follow-up testing and may expect—or even ask for—more testing than recommended, Harold J. ­Burstein, MD, PhD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, Boston, told participants at the Lynn Sage...

breast cancer

Harold J. Burstein, MD, PhD, on Results of the CREATE-X Clinical Trial on Higher-Risk Disease

Harold J. Burstein, MD, PhD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses the CREATE-X adjuvant study of capecitabine in high-risk patients with residual disease (Abstract S6-01).

breast cancer

Breast Cancer Symposium: Adjuvant Radiation After Lumpectomy May Benefit Some Elderly Women With Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Adjuvant radiation therapy may be omitted for elderly women with estrogen receptor–positive, early-stage breast cancer who receive hormone therapy. Limited data exist to guide treatment decision-making for elderly women with triple-negative breast cancer. As some findings thus far have shown...

breast cancer
issues in oncology
survivorship

Breast Cancer Symposium: Recurrence Rates for Ductal Carcinoma in Situ Treated Between 1978–2010

A new retrospective analysis explored local recurrence rates for women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) treated between 1978 and 2010. In the research (Abstract 32) by Van Zee et al, to be presented September 25 at the 2015 Breast Cancer Symposium, in San Francisco, investigators evaluated a...

breast cancer

No Benefit of Adding Lapatinib to Fulvestrant in Hormone Receptor–Positive Advanced Breast Cancer

In the phase III Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB) 40302/Alliance trial reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Burstein et al found that the addition of the dual EGFR-HER2 inhibitor lapatinib (Tykerb) to endocrine therapy with fulvestrant (Faslodex) did not improve progression-free...

breast cancer

ASCO Guideline Update Recommends Tamoxifen for Up to 10 Years for Women With Nonmetastatic Hormone Receptor–Positive Breast Cancer

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has issued an update to its clinical practice guideline on the use of adjuvant endocrine therapy for women with stage I to III hormone receptor–positive breast cancer. The guideline was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Duration...

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