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ASCO 2011 Breast Cancer Symposium

ASCO 2011 Breast Cancer Symposium

In spite of screening recommendations that now begin only at 50 years of age, breast cancer is often diagnosed in women under the age of 40, and there are specific challenges to management of the disease in this younger population.

Triple-negative breast cancers represent a challenge for patients and clinicians, with poorer prognosis and fewer treatment options than other breast cancer subtypes. Recently, though, there have been suggestions that targeting pathways that repair DNA within tumor cells could provide benefit beyond the currently available treatments.

Treatments vary widely for metastatic breast cancer patients, though an analysis suggests that costs per patient are relatively similar across a number of different treatments.

A new study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Breast Cancer Symposium in San Francisco shows that there is no survival difference between having a mastectomy or breast conservation therapy in women under the age of 40.

Cancer Network speaks with Dr. Joseph Sparano, Professor of Medicine and Women’s Health at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine and Associate Chairman of the Department of Oncology at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, about the session he will chair at the ASCO Breast Symposium on September 8-10, in San Francisco.

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