ASCO Breast Cancer Spotlight

Novel Therapies On The Horizon For Breast Cancer

June 17, 2016

Single-agent abemaciclib as well as taselisib in combination with fulvestrant (Faslodex) could both play a substantial role in breast cancer in the near future, says Maura Dickler, MD.

Fulvestrant Plus Palbociclib in Breast Cancer

June 17, 2016

Joanne Blum, MD, PhD, FACP, physician, Texas Oncology, discusses the combination of fulvestrant and palbociclib (Ibrance) in patients with breast cancer, as well as the synergy fulvestrant has with other CDK4/6 inhibitors.

Crowdsourcing Tumor Samples Could Advance Metastatic Breast Cancer Treatments

June 17, 2016

A new nationwide research project is encouraging patients to share tumor samples and clinical information with researchers in the hope that it will lead to discoveries for new and improved treatment options and, ultimately, a cure, for metastatic breast cancer.

Aromatase Inhibitor Extension to 10 Years Reduces HR-Positive Breast Cancer Recurrence

June 14, 2016

Extending aromatase inhibitor (AI) treatment to 10 years post-treatment reduced the risk of recurrence in women with early-stage HR-positive breast cancer by more than a third. Findings of the MA.17R trial also showed that adjuvant therapy extension did not create any new toxicities or quality of life complications for patients.

Palbociclib Addition to Letrozole Improved PFS in ER+/HER2- Breast Cancer

June 11, 2016

Palbociclib (Ibrance), when added to letrozole, increased the median progression-free survival (PFS) rate in patients with ER-positive, HER2-negative advanced or metastatic breast cancer by >10 months, according to results from the phase III PALOMA-2 trial presented at the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting.

Next Steps Beyond the MONARCH 1 Trial in Breast Cancer

June 11, 2016

Maura N. Dickler, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses next steps with abemaciclib following the results of the single-arm MONARCH 1 trial.

Comparing Combination Treatments in HER2-Positive Early Breast Cancer

June 10, 2016

In patients with HER2-positive early breast cancer, data from a phase III trial has shown a significantly higher pathological complete response (pCR) rate with neoadjuvant docetaxel plus carboplatin plus trastuzumab plus pertuzumab versus trastuzumab emtansine plus pertuzumab.

Biosimilar of Trastuzumab is Comparable in Both Safety and Efficacy

June 08, 2016

Herceptin, a biosimilar version of trastuzumab, produced comparable efficacy rates and safety profile as trastuzumab in patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer, according to research presented at the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting.

Novel TKI Examined in Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients with HER2 Mutation

June 08, 2016

Neratinib, an experimental TKI being developed for breast cancer, achieved a 36% clinical benefit rate in a phase II trial, according to a poster presented June 5, 2016 at the ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Abemaciclib Demonstrates Notable Response in HR+/HER2- Breast Cancer

June 08, 2016

When tested in heavily pretreated patients with refractory, hormone-receptor (HR)-positive, HER2-negative advanced breast cancer, abemaciclib, a CDK4/6 inhibitor, produced a positive response rate of approximately 20%.