New Cancer Center Will Focus On Hard-To-Treat Breast Cancers

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Two new breast cancer studies out this week.

Targeted cancer therapies are drugs which block the growth and proliferation of cancer by interfering with specific molecules such as DNA or proteins, which are involved in the growth or expansion of cancerous cells.

"We're not looking at everyone", she said. 'By then I was like, 'Dang, this is really working'.

A biopsy would be done before and after that combo treatment.

Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) examined over 10,000 breast cancer patients and found that women who were treated with an estrogen-blocking hormone therapy had a almost identical survival rate to women treated with chemo and hormone therapy.

If you want to participate in this trial, you can call the VCU Massey Cancer Center clinical research team at 804-628-9238.

The trial results are the latest piece of the puzzle on how to treat early-stage breast cancer.

Still, he acknowledged that most patients with this form of advanced cancer will die within months, and "we need to do a lot more work".

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The breast cancer study focused on cases where chemo's value increasingly is in doubt: women with early stage disease that has not spread to lymph nodes, is hormone-positive (meaning its growth is fueled by estrogen or progesterone) and is not the type that the drug Herceptin targets. Oncotype DX has been available overseas for almost a decade.

National Institutes Of Health: "New approach to immunotherapy leads to complete response in breast cancer patient unresponsive to other treatments" - "A novel approach to immunotherapy developed by researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has led to the complete regression of breast cancer in a patient who was unresponsive to all other treatments".

He added that it was important that the federal government funded the study because the pharmaceutical industry has little interest in sponsoring trials that result in a reduction of treatment.

"Oncologists have been getting much smarter about dialing back treatment so that it doesn't do more harm than good", said Steven Katz, a University of MI researcher who examines medical decision-making. However, in India, doctors said even if the tests were available, not more than 30-35% patients would be a candidate for the testing.

In a paper published in December, Kurian and Katz reported that chemotherapy use was plunging among patients with early-stage breast cancer.

Despite hormonal and chemotherapy, by 2015, the cancer had spread to her chest and liver.

Harold Burstein, a breast cancer specialist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, said that in some ways the debate over de-escalation misses a larger issue. "Basically, they're getting upfront, personalized medicine, pretty much right away", says Dr. Groteluschen.

Until now, most of those intermediate- risk women would have been recommended for chemotherapy. "No more, no less".