Combination Strategy May Play Role in Treatment of HR+ Metastatic Breast Cancer

December 10, 2020
Sara M. Tolaney, MD, MPH

Sara M. Tolaney, MD, MPH, discusses where she sees the treatment landscape evolving in the future for the treatment of patients with hormone receptor-positive metastatic breast cancer.

Sara M. Tolaney, MD, MPH, associate director of the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers; director of Clinical Trials, Breast Oncology; and senior physician at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, discusses where she sees the treatment landscape evolving in the future for patients with hormone receptor (HR)-positive metastatic breast cancer.

There have been many advancements over the last several years for the treatment of patients with HR-positive metastatic breast cancer, but Tolaney believes there will be a shift towards combination therapy in the future. Current treatment options in the include the combination of endocrine therapy with CDK4/6 inhibition, while physicians may also consider mTOR or PI3K inhibition with endocrine therapy.

In terms of moving forward, Tolaney says 1 major consideration will be combination strategy, which is under exploration in several clinical trials today. These studies are aiming to move the use of CDK4/6 inhibition forward, as well as treatments in the adjuvant setting and treatment with mTOR and PI3K inhibitors as partners for combination strategies. Tolaney says there are many options and new directions for replacing endocrine therapy backbones and perhaps moving into the earlier disease settings. However, first robust data from monotherapy trials are needed.