ESMO 2017 Press Release: LORELEI: Taselisib Boosts Breast Tumor Shrinkage

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“Adding taselisib to letrozole before surgery significantly improved outcomes for patients with early breast cancer that was both estrogen receptor positive and HER2-negative (ER+/HER2-) according to results of the LORELEI trial, presented at the ESMO 2017 Congress in Madrid.

” ‘We were able to detect a reduction in tumor size after only 16 weeks of treatment, compared to patients who received letrozole plus placebo,’ said study investigator Dr. Cristina Saura, from Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona, Spain. ‘Any decrease in tumor measurements is something positive for patients because this means the drug has had activity against their tumor in a short period of time.’ ”

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ESMO 2017 Press Release: Study in Early Stage Breast Cancer Shows That Even Small Tumours Can Be Aggressive

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“Even small tumours can be aggressive, according to a study in patients with early stage breast cancer that will be presented at the ESMO 2017 Congress in Madrid. Researchers found that nearly one in four small tumours were aggressive and patients benefited from chemotherapy. Aggressive tumours could be identified by a 70-gene signature.

” ‘Our results challenge the assumption that all small tumours are less serious and do not need adjuvant chemotherapy,’ said lead author Dr Konstantinos Tryfonidis, a researcher at the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC), Brussels, Belgium.”

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A Cancer Doctor Weighs In On CAR-T, Precision Medicine And Pricing Debates

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“Yesterday’s historic FDA approval of the first engineered T-cell treatment for cancer, Novartis’ Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel), was accompanied by inevitable questions about how the product would be priced. In the end, Novartis set the price at $475,000, which was lower than many analysts had predicted, considering the treatment is designed to cure some forms of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)—and in clinical trials it did just that for most patients.”

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Z-Endoxifen Shows Promise as New Treatment for Common Breast Cancer Type

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“Z-endoxifen, a potent derivative of the drug tamoxifen, could itself be a new treatment for the most common form of breast cancer in women with metastatic disease. This finding was reported from a clinical trial conducted by researchers at Mayo Clinic and the National Cancer Institute, and published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

“The final results of a first-in-human phase I study of Z-endoxifen in women with estrogen receptor positive  showed that the treatment was safe and resulted in tumor shrinkage in women whose tumors had progressed on standard anti-estrogen therapies, including tamoxifen.”

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FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation to DS-8201 for HER-2-Positive Breast Cancer

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“The FDA granted breakthrough therapy designation to DS-8201 for the treatment of HER-2-positive locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer that progressed after treatment with other HER-2-targeting agents.

“The agency based the designation on preliminary evidence from a phase 1 study designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability and efficacy of DS-8201 (Daiichi Sankyo), an investigational HER-2-targeting antibody-drug conjugate.”

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Fulvestrant Gains New Breast Cancer Indication

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“The FDA expanded the indications for fulvestrant (Faslodex) to include use as first-line monotherapy in postmenopausal women with estrogen receptor-positive, HER-2 negative breast cancer, drugmaker AstraZeneca said Monday.

“Previously the drug was approved as second-line monotherapy for women failing anti-estrogen therapy, and as second-line combination therapy with palbociclib (Ibrance). It was first approved by the FDA in 2002.”

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Julie Rubidge – One Deloitte Patient’s Story


Julie Rubidge

As one might imagine, Julie Rubidge’s diagnosis in May 2016 of an aggressive form of breast cancer at age 39 was shocking and surprising. The first few weeks that followed were no less traumatic for the Deloitte Partner. “I cannot adequately describe the weeks that followed in trying to figure out a plan of action and everything that goes along with that. It was overwhelming to say the least,” Julie says.

Detail-oriented and fascinated with medicine, specifically with DNA and the technology behind medicine and medical discoveries, Julie has called her interest in the subject one of her hobbies. Before her diagnosis, she’d read many articles and had studied the subject in general. Following her diagnosis, Julie studied her particular breast cancer with a fierce purpose. Continue reading…


AKT Inhibitor Ipatasertib in Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

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“The randomized phase II LOTUS trial has shown improved progression-free survival with the addition of the AKT inhibitor ipatasertib to paclitaxel in the first-line treatment of metastatic triple-negative breast cancer. These results were reported by Kim et al in The Lancet Oncology. The PI3K/AKT signaling pathway is frequently activated in triple-negative breast cancer.

“In the double-blind trial, 124 patients with unresectable locally advanced or metastatic disease from 44 sites in South Korea, the United States, France, Spain, Taiwan, Singapore, Italy, and Belgium were randomized between September 2014 and February 2016 to receive paclitaxel at 80 mg/m² on days 1, 8, and 15 with either ipatasertib at 400 mg (n = 62) or placebo (n = 62) once daily on days 1 to 21 every 28 days until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Stratification factors included tumor PTEN status as determined by immunohistochemistry; deficient expression of PTEN is associated with greater AKT pathway activation. The co-primary endpoints were progression-free survival in the intention-to-treat population and progression-free survival in the PTEN-low population.”

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How Decision-Making Habits Influence the Breast Cancer Treatments Women Consider

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“A new study finds that more than half of women with early stage breast cancer considered an aggressive type of surgery to remove both breasts. The way women generally approach big decisions, combined with their values, impacts what breast cancer treatment they consider, the study also found.

“Contralateral prophylactic  – a procedure to remove both breasts when  occurs in only one breast – has become increasingly popular in recent years, with more than 20 percent of  opting for it. For most women, removing the unaffected breast does not improve survival.”

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