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.
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).
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) .
François-Clément Bidard, MD, PhD, of the Institut Curie, discusses phase III findings of the PADA-1 study, which showed that optimizing endocrine therapy after detecting the ESR1 mutation in patients with hormone receptor–positive, HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer may double their median progression-free survival (Abstract GS3-05).
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).
Charles Coombes, MD, PhD, of Imperial College, London, discusses study results on samuraciclib, a first-in-class, oral, selective inhibitor of CDK7, in combination with fulvestrant in patients with advanced hormone receptor–positive HER2-negative breast cancer. The combination of agents has demonstrated evidence of anti-tumor activity for patients who have progressed on their prior CDK4/6 inhibitor treatment (Abstract GS3-10).