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Immunotherapy with Checkpoint Inhibitor Durvalumab Show Promise in Triple Negative Breast Cancer (06/22/2017)

Doctors from Yale Cancer Center presented new data at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting on the impact of combining the immune checkpoint inhibitor (durvalumab/MEDI4736) with chemotherapy as preoperative treatment for early stage triple negative breast cancer (TNBC).  Overall patients with TNBC achieved a 71% pathologic complete response to the combination treatment in the …

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Shows Improved Outcomes with Addition of Keytruda® in Triple Negative High-Risk Breast Cancer (06/09/2017)

The results from the I-SPY 2 TRIAL investigating Keyytruda (pembrolizumab), in combination with standard therapy as a pre-operative (neoadjuvant) treatment for patients with locally advanced breast cancer were released at the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago.  The estimated pathologic complete response (pCR) rate increased nearly threefold in patients with triple-negative …

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FDA Approves First-of-its-kind Kisqali® Femara® Co-Pack For Initial Treatment Of HR+/HER2- Advanced or Metastatic Breast Cancer (05/31/2017)

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Kisqali ®Femara ® Co-Pack (ribociclib tablets; letrozole tablets) for the treatment of hormone receptor-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 negative (HR+/HER2-) advanced or metastatic breast cancer in postmenopausal women 1. The Kisqali-Femara Co-Pack is the first, and only currently available, combination pack with two prescription products in advanced breast …

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Half of Breast Cancer Patients Pursue Reconstructive Surgery Without Understanding of Risks (05/16/2017)

More than half of breast cancer patients (57 percent) undergoing mastectomy lack the necessary medical knowledge to make a high-quality decision about reconstructive surgery that aligns with their personal goals, suggesting a trend toward overtreatment, according to a new study conducted by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer …

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Breast cancer rates increasing among Asian Americans (04/17/2017)

Researchers examined breast cancer incidence rates among seven Asian American ethnic groups in this new study.  In contrast to other US racial/ethnic groups, Asian Americans have experienced steadily increasing breast cancer rates over the past 15 years. To better understand potential contributors to this increase, researchers at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) examined …

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Tecentriq Plus Abraxane Results Suggest Novel Immunotherapy PD-1 “Checkpoint” Inhibitors Have Role in Management of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer (04/12/2017)

The investigative agent, Tecentriq (atezolizumb), in addition to the chemotherapy agent, Abraxane (nab-paclitaxel), provides high anti-cancer responses among patients with triple-negative breast cancer. Approximately 10-20% of breast cancers are referred to as triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). These types of cancers are both hormone-negative and HER2-negative. Hormone-negative breast cancer refers to a type of breast cancer …

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Kisqali® Receives FDA Approval as First Line Treatment for HR+/HER2- Metastatic Breast Cancer (03/16/2017)

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the investigational drug Kisqali® (ribociclib, LEE011) for first line treatment of hormone receptor + HER 2- metastatic breast cancer because when combined with Femera (letrozole) the combination benefits all such women and leads to improved survival without cancer recurrence. The interim results from a large clinical …

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Chemo-brain Among Women with Breast Cancer is Very Common (02/28/2017)

The largest study to date of a condition known as “chemo-brain” shows that women with breast cancer report it’s a substantial problem after chemotherapy for as long as six months after treatment, according to investigators at the Wilmot Cancer Institute. Scientists have known that cancer-related cognitive impairment, which includes problems with memory, attention, and processing …

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Vaccine Shows Promising Results for Early-Stage Breast Cancer Patients (02/15/2017)

Immunotherapy is a fast growing area of cancer research. It involves developing therapies that use a patient’s own immune system to fight and kill cancer. Doctors at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa Florida are working on a promising new vaccine that would help early-stage breast cancer patients who have HER2 positive disease. The HER2 protein …

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Do Social Connections Lower Death Rates from Breast Cancer? (01/10/2017)

Women diagnosed with breast cancer have greater rates of survival and lower rates of disease recurrences if they have more social ties, compared to women who are more socially isolated. These results were recently published in the journal Cancer. Social isolation is a feeling that is commonly described among people diagnosed with cancer. However, there …

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