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Breast Cancer Susceptibility Genes: Putting the Pieces Together

With the widespread use of multigene panels for germline genetic testing, understanding the cancer risks associated with pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants (ie, mutations) has become increasingly necessary. To identify which genes are breast cancer susceptibility genes, population studies...

breast cancer
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Olaparib for Patients With Metastatic Breast Cancer and Mutations in Homologous Recombination–Related Genes

In a phase II Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium (TBCRC) study (TBCRC 048; Olaparib Expanded) reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Nadine M. Tung, MD, and colleagues found that olaparib produced high response rates in patients with metastatic breast cancer and germline PALB2...

breast cancer
genomics/genetics

Joint Guideline Sheds Light on Management of Hereditary Breast Cancer

As germline genetic testing becomes more widespread among patients with breast cancer, recommendations for the appropriate management of patients with hereditary breast cancer are needed. Until now, no ASCO guideline has addressed the management of hereditary breast cancer, even for carriers of...

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Neoadjuvant Cisplatin vs Doxorubicin/Cyclophosphamide for Patients With HER2-Negative Breast Cancer and a BRCA Mutation

In a phase II trial (INFORM; Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium [TBCRC] 031) reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Nadine Tung, MD, and colleagues found that neoadjuvant cisplatin did not improve pathologic complete response rate or residual cancer burden vs...

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Brief Highlights From the 2019 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

In addition to our regular coverage of the 2019 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, the following reports from the meeting include studies you may have missed. We hope you find them of interest. Ribociclib/Letrozole as Neoadjuvant Therapy As neoadjuvant therapy in women with high-risk hormone...

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Neoadjuvant Cisplatin for BRCA-Mutation Carriers: Pruning the Dead Branches

At the 2019 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, Nadine Tung, MD, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, presented a multisite study called INFORM, run by the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium.1 It compared single-agent cisplatin with a “classic” combination of doxorubicin and...

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Nadine M. Tung, MD, on HER2-Negative Breast Cancer: INFORM Trial of Cisplatin vs Doxorubicin/Cyclophosphamide

Nadine M. Tung, MD, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, discusses cisplatin vs doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide (AC) as neoadjuvant treatment in BRCA-mutation carriers with HER2-negative breast cancer. Although cisplatin as a single agent shows activity in this setting, the pathologic complete...

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