Cynthia X. Ma, MD, PhD, on Metastatic Breast Cancer: Early Results on Copanlisib, Fulvestrant, and Abemaciclib
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).
Daniel G. Stover, MD, of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, discusses a biomarker analysis from the PALLAS adjuvant trial, which compared 2 years of the CDK4/6 inhibitor palbociclib with endocrine therapy vs endocrine therapy alone, as adjuvant treatment for patients with stage II–III hormone receptor–positive, HER2-negative breast cancer. The genomic subtype PAM50 was defined in the protocol of the PALLAS trial as the primary biomarker for analysis of prediction and prognosis (Abstract GS03-07).
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).
Amy Tiersten, MD, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Tisch Cancer Institute, discusses findings from the ASPIRE trial, which showed the combination of anastrozole, palbociclib, trastuzumab, and pertuzumab in the front-line setting was well tolerated and effective, with a clinical benefit rate of 97% in patients with previously untreated hormone receptor–positive, HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer (Abstract RF02-01).
Nicholas C. Turner, MD, PhD, of The Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and the Institute of Cancer Research, London, discusses the monarchE trial, which evaluated molecular profiling of archived primary tumor tissue from patients with hormone receptor–positive, HER2-negative, node-positive, high-risk early-stage breast cancer and its potential association with clinical outcomes. Adjuvant abemaciclib plus endocrine therapy (ET) maintained invasive disease–free survival benefit compared with ET alone across all molecular subtypes as measured by RNA sequencing (Abstract GS03-06).
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).