Breast Cancer

Breast cancer affects more women than any other type of cancer, and represents 15% of all new cancer cases in the United States. A total of 252,710 new breast cancer cases were estimated to be diagnosed in 2017, and more than 40,600 deaths. The prognosis worsens for patients with locally advanced breast cancer and even more so for those with metastatic disease.

Interim data from a recent clinical trial of nelipepimut-S plus trastuzumab showed a disease-free survival advantage compared with trastuzumab alone in patients with HER2 1+/2+ breast cancer.

This week Sellas Life Sciences Group announced data from a study of NeuVax (nelipepimut-S) in combination with Herceptin (trastuzumab) in patients with HER2 1+/2+ breast cancer.

For the first time, a randomized clinical trial has shown significant tumor shrinkage with a phosphoinositide-3-kinase inhibitor in patients with estrogen receptor–positive, HER2-negative early breast cancer, according to results presented at the 2017 ESMO Congress.

Treatment with a regimen of pembrolizumab plus trastuzumab in patients with trastuzumab-resistant advanced HER2-positive breast cancer was well-tolerated and had clinical benefit in those whose tumors were positive for a biomarker for pembrolizumab.
Patients aged 40 years with breast cancer who underwent axillary lymph node dissection were more likely to experience arm swelling and decreased range of arm motion than patients who received less invasive sentinel lymph node biopsies.
According to the results of 2 recent analyses, dose-dense or dose-intense chemotherapy reduces the risk for breast cancer recurrence and improves survival compared with standard chemotherapy regimens.
Dr Matthew Goetz addresses common questions that arise when patients with HER+ metastatic breast cancer have progressed on a CDK4/6 inhibitor plus an aromatase inhibitor.
Dr Matthew Goetz believes that, as more mature data come into existence, the demonstration of a survival advantage will guide more patients with metastatic breast cancer to try CDK4/6 inhibitors plus aromatase inhibitors instead of chemotherapy.
Dr Matthew Goetz explains the rationale for using CDK4/6 inhibitors in patients with HR-positive metastatic breast cancer.
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