Aditya Bardia, MD, MPH, on Early-Stage, High-Risk Breast Cancer: New Data on Pembrolizumab Plus Chemotherapy
Aditya Bardia, MD, MPH, of Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, discusses phase III findings from the KEYNOTE-756 study, which showed that adding pembrolizumab to chemotherapy increases the pathologic complete response rate and lowers the residual cancer burden in patients with early-stage, high-risk ER-positive or HER2-negative breast cancer (Abstract GS01-02).
Sherene Loi, MD, PhD, of Australia’s Peter McCallum Cancer Centre, discusses an exploratory analysis of CheckMate 7FL which showed that patients with PD-L1–positive, high-risk, estrogen receptor–positive, HER2-negative primary breast cancer may achieve substantial pathologic complete response rates with the addition of nivolumab to neoadjuvant chemotherapy (Abstract GS01-01).
Peter Schmid, MD, PhD, of Queen Mary University of London and Barts Cancer Institute, discusses phase III findings from KEYNOTE-522 showing that neoadjuvant pembrolizumab plus chemotherapy followed by adjuvant pembrolizumab continues to show a clinically meaningful improvement in event-free survival compared with neoadjuvant chemotherapy alone in patients with early-stage triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) (Abstract LBO1-01).
Senthil Damodaran, MD, PhD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses final results from the FOENIX-MBC2 study of the efficacy and safety of futibatinib in patients with locally advanced or metastatic hormone receptor–positive, HER2-negative breast cancer harboring high-level FGFR1 gene amplification. Futibatinib plus fulvestrant showed antitumor activity in those whose disease had progressed on prior CDK4/6 inhibitors (Abstract RF01-04).
Luca Gianni, MD, of Milan’s Fondazione Michelangelo, discusses findings from the APTneo Michelangelo trial, which showed that adding atezolizumab to chemotherapy and trastuzumab plus pertuzumab did not significantly increase the rate of pathologic complete response (pCR) in women with HER2-positive breast cancer. An exploratory analysis showed that adding atezolizumab to neoadjuvant anthracycline and cyclophosphamide followed by HPCT (trastuzumab + pertuzumab and chemotherapy) led to higher pCR rates than HPCT and atezolizumab (Abstract LBO1-02).
Cynthia X. Ma, MD, PhD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, discusses phase I findings showing the safety and tolerability of copanlisib and fulvestrant in combination with continuous or intermittent abemaciclib in patients with estrogen receptor–positive, HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer. Preliminary antitumor activity, which was observed, will be further examined in the phase II trial (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT03939897) (Abstract PS17-06).