Elizabeth A. Mittendorf, MD, PhD, on Making Strides in Managing Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
2021 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium
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.
Peter Schmid, MD, PhD, of Barts Cancer Institute, discusses phase III findings from KEYNOTE-522, in which researchers found a generally consistent event-free survival benefit among patients with early-stage high-risk triple-negative breast cancer who were treated with neoadjuvant pembrolizumab plus chemotherapy followed by adjuvant pembrolizumab (Abstract GS1-01).
Javier Cortés, MD, PhD, of Barcelona’s IOB Institute of Oncology, 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 ).
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).
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.
Michael Gnant, MD, of the Medical University of Vienna, discusses phase III findings from the PALLAS study, which showed that adding 2 years of palbociclib to ongoing adjuvant endocrine therapy did not improve survival for patients with stage II to III hormone receptor–positive, HER2-negative early breast cancer. Dr. Gnant also talks about whether any correlative studies hint at patient subgroups that this regimen may benefit (Abstract GS1-07) .