Ann H. Partridge, MD, MPH, on SABCS Meeting Highlights: Expert Perspective
2021 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium
Ann H. Partridge, MD, MPH, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses what she considers to be the most notable presentations at the 2021 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. They include the focus on early-stage disease, especially in the TEXT/SOFT, RxPonder, and KEYNOTE-522 trials, as well as abstracts from the Early Breast Cancer Trialists’ Collaborative Group; and new data and novel therapeutics in the advanced setting.
Javier Cortés, MD, PhD, of the International Breast Cancer Center, discusses the final phase III results of KEYNOTE-355, which showed that pembrolizumab and chemotherapy improved overall and progression-free survival, compared with placebo and chemotherapy, for patients with previously untreated, locally recurrent, inoperable or metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (Abstract GS1-02 ).
Kevin Kalinsky, MD, of the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University, discusses updated phase III results from the SWOG S1007 (RxPONDER) study of women with one to three positive lymph nodes, and hormone receptor–positive, HER2-negative breast cancer. The data showed that postmenopausal women with recurrence scores (RS) from 0 to 25 continue not to benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy, whereas premenopausal women with a RS from 0 to 25 did benefit from the addition of chemotherapy to endocrine therapy (Abstract GS2-07).
Patricia A. Ganz, MD, of the University of California, Los Angeles, discusses quality-of-life results from the phase III OlympiA study of adjuvant olaparib after (neo)adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with germline BRCA1/2 mutations and high-risk HER2-negative early breast cancer (Abstract GS4-09).
Lisa A. Carey, MD, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, discusses findings from a pooled analysis of the MONALEESA-2, -3, and -7 trials. Among the findings was a consistent overall survival benefit with ribociclib plus endocrine therapy for patients with luminal A, luminal B, and HER2E breast cancer subtypes. Patients with the basal-like subtype did not derive a benefit from ribociclib, but the sample size was small (Abstract GS1-04).
Elizabeth A. Mittendorf, MD, PhD, of Dana-Farber Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, discusses the progress made in recent years treating patients with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), including approval of the immunotherapy agents pembrolizumab and sacituzumab govitecan-hziy, a new standard of care in the preoperative setting for early-stage disease, as well as a better understanding of the biology of TNBC and its heterogeneity.