Scans, stats and blood work provide only a fraction of the information needed to treat cancer patients, says Jame Abraham, MD, Cleveland Clinic’s Director of Breast Oncology. Read his editorial in U.S. News & World Report.
Results of a multi-institutional phase 1b clinical trial show women with metastatic HER2+ breast cancer respond well to the combina-tion of trastuzumab emtansine and neratinib.
Only if you love what you do, says Jame Abraham, MD, Director of the Breast Oncology Program. A healthy work environment is equally as crucial.
This most recent FDA approval is a testament of neratinib’s efficacy in improving disease-free survival in high risk HER2-positive patients after one year of trastuzumab.
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Neratinib and T-DM1 combination therapy has been shown safe and effective for women with advanced, HER2-poitive breast cancer. A phase 1B dose escalation trial shows a 56 percent response rate, with 19 percent showing complete response for up to 18 months.
Two new clinical trials are evaluating olaparib therapy for women with metastatic breast cancer and stage II/III breast cancers marked by BRCA1/BRCA2 mutations and other DNA repair pathway defects.
The first prospective randomized trial of scalp cooling shows that the therapy can significantly decrease chemotherapy-induced alopecia in breast cancer patients and is well tolerated.
As reported at the 2016 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, results from NSABP B-42 trial contradicted previous studies and showed no benefit with letrozole use beyond five years. But investigators say longer followup is needed.
Women with certain breast cancers may safely avoid chemotherapy after surgery, according to results of a recent study which validates a simple 21-gene assay that stratifies patients according to risk.
Cleveland Clinic’s Jame Abraham, MD, discusses results of the 10-year follow-up of the BCIRG-006 clinical trial, which demonstrated the significant benefit of adding trastuzumab to the adjuvant treatment of HER2-positive early breast cancer.