Javier Cortés, MD, PhD, on Previously Untreated Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Pembrolizumab Plus Chemotherapy
2021 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium
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 ).
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) .
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.
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).
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).
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).