FDA Approves New Treatment Option for Breast Cancer

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided some good news for the breast cancer community just days before the start of breast cancer awareness month when it added a new molecularly targeted therapeutic to the armamentarium for oncologists treating patients with breast cancer: abemaciclib (Verzenio).

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News from the Cancer Centers: How DCIS Becomes Invasive Breast Cancer

Earlier this year, a study published in Cancer Discovery, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), explored the question of how preinvasive breast tumors become invasive. The study’s lead author, Kornelia Polyak, MD, PhD, discussed the findings in an article published by Inside the Institute, a publication of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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FDA Approves a New HER2-targeted Therapeutic for Breast Cancer

Earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new molecularly targeted therapeutic called neratinib (Nerlynx) for treating certain patients with HER2-positive breast cancer. Specifically, the FDA approved neratinib for reducing disease recurrence in patients with early-stage HER2-positive breast cancer who have completed postsurgery (adjuvant) treatment with trastuzumab (Herceptin) and whose disease has not progressed.

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New Therapeutic Approved by FDA to Treat Breast Cancer

Earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the molecularly targeted therapeutic ribociclib (Kisqali) for use in combination with any aromatase inhibitor for initial treatment of postmenopausal women with a hormone receptor (HR)–positive, HER2-negative, advanced breast cancer.

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SABCS 2016: Extended Letrozole Therapy May Have Limited Benefits

Data presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium showed that five additional years of the aromatase inhibitor (AI) therapy letrozole (Femara) following an initial five years of AI-based adjuvant hormone therapy did not significantly improve survival outcomes in postmenopausal women with early-stage HR-positive breast cancer. The additional five years did improve some outcomes related to recurrence.

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SABCS 2016: Co-director Carlos L. Arteaga, MD, Previews Breast Cancer Symposium

SABCS is a comprehensive scientific meeting that provides the latest information on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer and premalignant breast disease to various stakeholders in the field.

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