ONCOLOGY Vol 25 No 11 | Oncology

PARP Inhibitors in Breast Cancer: BRCA and Beyond

October 15, 2011

The aim of this article is to review the preclinical data and rationale for PARP inhibitor use in the aforementioned settings, as well as the current status of the clinical development of these agents in the treatment of breast cancer, along with future directions for research in this field.

Obesity and Breast Cancer

October 15, 2011

In this review, we describe the evidence linking obesity to breast cancer recurrence, discuss the potential biological mechanisms through which weight could impact breast cancer prognosis, and review the weight-loss intervention studies that have been performed in breast cancer populations to date.

The Obesity and Breast Cancer Connection: Advancing the Agenda

October 12, 2011

The review by Jennifer Ligibel, MD, approaches a topic of increasing importance-namely the role of obesity in breast cancer incidence and clinical outcome-in a comprehensive and up-to-date fashion, focusing on obesity and its influence on breast cancer recurrence and associated survival.

PARP Inhibitors: the Story is Still Unfolding

October 12, 2011

The opening chapters in the investigation of poly(adenosine diphosphate [ADP]–ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors as cancer therapeutics have been interpreted by some as a quantum leap forward in targeted and personalized medicine and by others as another example of disappointment following a flurry of promising preclinical and early clinical trials based on elegant biology.

The Challenges of Treating Lobular Carcinoma In Situ

October 12, 2011

Oppong and King present a clear and concise review of the current data regarding lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) and discuss the rationale behind the current management recommendations for this disease.

Breast Cancer Patients Who Are Obese at Diagnosis: Alea Iacta Est? or "Is the Die Cast?"

October 12, 2011

Obesity rates in the United States have increased twofold in adults and threefold in children during the past 30 years.[1] Beyond its detrimental effects on cardiovascular health, obesity increases the risk of several cancers, including postmenopausal breast cancer,[2] and it is also associated with a higher risk of recurrence and death in those who develop breast cancer.[3]


October 11, 2011

During the 1970s and 80s, several researchers in Canada and in the United States, including those at the National Cancer Institute, studied Essiac. All failed to find any evidence of effectiveness.

Screening Identifies Mechanisms of Drug Resistance to PI3K Inhibitors

September 27, 2011

In an online-first article in Nature Chemical Biology (DOI: 10.1038/nchembio.695), Sebastian Nijman of the CeMM–Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna and his colleagues describe the development of a chemical genetic approach that has identified mechanisms that can lead to resistance to PI3K inhibitors used as cancer treatments.

ASCO Breast: DNA-Damaging Therapies Emerging as Possible Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Therapies

September 15, 2011

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.

Adoptive T-Cell Immunotherapy: One Step Forward

September 14, 2011

A recent case report in the New England Journal of Medicine highlights the promising potentials of adoptive T-cell immunotherapy by redirecting them, through chimeric antigen receptors, as a novel and effective therapeutic modality for cancer.

ASCO Breast: Mammography in Younger Women, Palpation, Account for Many Diagnoses in Michigan Study

September 12, 2011

Though there is still disagreement, a new study presented at the ASCO Breast Cancer Symposium in San Francisco suggests that annual mammography and palpation of breast masses remain critical tools in early breast cancer diagnosis.

ASCO Breast: No Survival Advantage for Mastectomy vs Breast Conservation Therapy

September 09, 2011

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.

Novel DNA-Silencing Function of BRCA1 Discovered

September 07, 2011

Researchers have identified that “maintenance of global heterochromatin integrity” is a novel function of BRCA1 gene, and propose that this DNA-silencing function is linked to the role of BRCA1 as a tumor suppressor, in an article published in Nature.

Is Cancer the Answer?

July 18, 2011

As a medical oncologist who entered the field when there were perhaps 50 or so active drugs, I have become increasingly disturbed by the rising costs of cancer care. Of course, I am not alone in worrying about this.