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Panel With Diverse Perspectives Explores Strategies to Reduce Costs for Cancer Care

“Imagine that it’s 5 years from now, and we are in a situation where the cost of cancer care has flattened, and costs are even going down,” said Clifford Goodman, PhD, a Senior Vice President at the Lewin Group, turning to a panel of oncology and policy experts at his side. “What policies got us...

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Names Ruth O’Regan, MD, Chair, Department of Medicine

Ruth O’Regan, MD, Chief of Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care at the University of Wisconsin, has been named the next Charles A. Dewey Professor and Chair of Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s (URMC) School of Medicine and Dentistry, pending approval by the...

Ronald Walters, MD, and Ruth O’Regan, MD, Elected to NCCN Board of Directors

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) recently announced the election of Ronald Walters, MD, to the role of Chair of the Board of Directors and Ruth O’Regan, MD, was named Vice Chair. Dr. Walters is Associate Head for the Institute for Cancer Care Innovation and a breast cancer...

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What Can We Do Differently for Premenopausal Patients With Breast Cancer?

While age remains a major risk factor for breast cancer, with nearly 80% of new cases occurring in women aged 50 years and older, women diagnosed at a younger age generally have poorer outcomes. This is partly because premenopausal women are more likely to have triple-negative breast cancer, which ...

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One Size May Not Fit All: Thoughts on the New Adjuvant Bisphosphonate Guideline for Early-Stage Breast Cancer

The oncology community has now conducted several prospectively designed, hypothesis-driven randomized clinical trials among women with breast cancer to address this question: Do adjuvant bisphosphonates decrease the risk of breast cancer bone metastases and other recurrence? A meta-analysis1 by...

breast cancer

Buparlisib Phase III Findings: Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

The pan-phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) inhibitor buparlisib combined with fulvestrant (Faslodex) prolonged progression-free survival compared with placebo and fulvestrant in postmenopausal women with hormone receptor–positive, HER2-negative advanced breast cancer previously treated with an...

breast cancer

Ruth O’Regan, MD, and Ann H. Partridge, MD, on The NRG Oncology/NSABP B-42, IDEAL, and DATA Studies

Ruth O’Regan, MD, of the University of Wisconsin, and Ann H. Partridge, MD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discuss study findings from a session Dr. O’Regan moderated on three major trials addressing anastrozole after tamoxifen in HR-positive early breast cancer, letrozole in HR-positive...

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Ruth O’Regan, MD, and Ann H. Partridge, MD, on HER2+ Breast Cancer: Results From the CLEOPATRA Trial

Ruth O’Regan, MD, of the University of Wisconsin, and Ann H. Partridge, MD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discuss study findings on the prognostic associations of TILs in metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer (Abstract S1-04).

2016 ASCO Annual Meeting Planning Committees

The ASCO Annual Meeting highlights the latest research and treatment advances in oncology, with nearly 30,000 oncology professionals attending each year. ASCO wishes to acknowledge the volunteers on this year’s Cancer Education and Scientific Program Committees and thank them for their time and...

Mylin A. Torres, MD, Named Director of Winship’s Glenn Family Breast Center

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University has named Mylin A. Torres, MD, the new Director of the Glenn Family Breast Center, effective January 19, 2016. She succeeds Ruth O’Regan, MD, who now heads the University of Wisconsin Division of Hematology and Oncology. Dr. Torres is Associate Professor ...

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New Research Presented in Breast, Gastric, Esophageal Cancers, Melanoma, and Multiple Myeloma, plus Supportive Care 

Attendees at the ASCO Annual Meeting are faced with a major challenge of trying to attend as many important sessions as they can over a 4-day period. Our challenge is to feature the major news in The ASCO Post. In addition to our regular comprehensive coverage of key presentations, the following...

breast cancer

Pathologic Complete Response: Understanding the Subtleties

In the neoadjuvant treatment of breast cancer, the importance of achieving a pathologic complete response (pCR) varies substantially by breast cancer subtype. Patients are increasingly interested in this outcome, but it means different things to different patients, according to two breast cancer...

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Complexities of Targeting HER2 in Estrogen Receptor–Positive Breast Cancers

The interactions between the estrogen receptor (ER) and HER2 pathways in breast cancers are clearly complex and remain incompletely understood. Historically, cancers that express both ER and HER2 were thought to be intrinsically resistant to endocrine therapy, likely due to HER2 being the dominant...

breast cancer

The Conundrum of Estrogen-Receptor Signaling in HER2-Positive Breast Cancer

BOLERO-1—reviewed in this issue of The ASCO Post—is the next installment in a series of randomized trials evaluating the addition of everolimus (Afinitor) to standard therapy in metastatic breast cancer.1 The initial evaluation of everolimus in the HER2-positive metastatic setting looked extremely...

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Andrew Seidman, MD, and Ruth O'Regan, MD: Update on Early Breast Cancer

Andrew Seidman, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Ruth M. O’Regan, MD, of the University of Wisconsin, review practice-changing research in 2015 that was focused on early-stage breast cancer.