Breast Cancer

The addition of the tyrosine kinase inhibitor tucatinib (Tukysa) to trastuzumab (Herceptin) and capecitabine continued to improve overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer, according to updated results from the pivotal HER2CLIMB trial.
Breast cancer cryoablation, which destroys tumor cells by exposing them to subfreezing temperatures, appears to be an effective alternative to surgery for women aged >60 years with low-risk, early-stage breast cancer, according to findings from the ICE3 trial.
Pembrolizumab (Keytruda) plus chemotherapy improved progression-free survival (PFS) compared with chemotherapy alone as first-line treatment of metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), according to the results of KEYNOTE-355.
The addition of the cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK)4/6 inhibitor abemaciclib (Verzenio) to standard endocrine therapy reduced the risk for invasive disease recurrence or death compared with endocrine therapy alone by almost 30% in patients with high-risk, hormone receptor (HR)-positive, human epidermal growth receptor 2 (HER2)-negative, early-stage breast cancer.
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Real-world data showed that patients with metastatic breast cancer receiving palbociclib had a numerically higher rate of neutropenia than patients receiving ribociclib.
In this real-world retrospective study, more patients in the ribociclib cohort compared with palbociclib and abemaciclib maintained starting doses and fewer patients decreased to 50% of the starting dose.
In addition to the significant benefit observed in the MONARCH 2 study across first- and second-line treatment, marked effects were observed in patients with less encouraging prognostic indicators.
Adding palbociclib to fulvestrant as first-line therapy improves 1-year progression-free survival in postmenopausal women with hormone receptor–positive, HER2-negative, endocrine-sensitive, advanced breast cancer.
Across the MONALEESA-2, -3, and -7 clinical trials, first-line treatment with endocrine therapy and ribociclib mitigated negative effects on quality of life, global health scores, pain, and emotional functioning.
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