Breast Cancer: Second Chances and New Advances

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this Saturday, WABC-TV will air a special feature, “Breast Cancer: Second Chances & New Advances” at 7:30PM. Hosted by Eyewitness News Anchor, Diana Williams, the breast cancer special highlights new advances that are helping those who are newly diagnosed or dealing with a recurrence.

While scientists work on the search for a cure, exciting progress has been made for those dealing with the worst form of breast cancer, triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). Dr. Linda Vahdat from the Weill Cornell Breast Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital talks about the effects of copper depletion in the body. In addition to hearing about promising clinical trial results, hear from participating survivors who are living proof of the progress being made in the fight against TNBC, with hopes of FDA approval in the near future.

Additionally, doctors and researchers from other area medical centers share the latest on breast conservation for patients who have had a recurrence and new advances in immunotherapy offering targeted treatments for survivors.

This annual special is part of WABC-TV’s commitment to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. Learn more.

Research Study: Randomized Open-Label Phase 3 Study of Single Agent Pembrolizumab versus Single Agent Chemotherapy per Physician’s Choice for Metastatic Triple Negative Breast Cancer (mTNBC)

Dr. Linda Vahdat is seeking women 18 years of age or older, diagnosed with metastatic triple negative breast cancer for a research study.

This clinical trial is for women with metastatic triple negative breast cancer (mTNBC). This means that the three most common types of receptors (estrogen, progesterone, and human epidermal growth factor [HER2]) known to fuel most breast cancer growth are not present in their cancer.

To learn more about the study and to see if you are eligible [go]

Weill Cornell Breast Center Conducting Free Genetic Testing for BRCA1 & BRCA2

The Weill Cornell Breast Center would like to invite all patients who meet the following criteria to contact us about free genetic testing for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations:

  • Metastatic breast cancer
  • Her2neu negative breast cancer
  • No more than two prior regimens of chemotherapy in the metastatic setting

If you meet the criteria above, you may be eligible for free genetic testing. If you test positive for the gene mutation, you may be eligible to participate in one of our treatment trials.

Please contact Marta Cobham, RN at 212.821.0780 or mac2034@med.cornell.edu or Naomi Kornhauser, MPH at naw2007@med.cornell.edu for more information.

Breast Center Team at American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting 2015 – Key Happenings!

We are excited to announce the Weill Cornell Medical College Breast Center’s contributions to the upcoming American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting next week!

Dr. Eleni Nackos (on behalf of Dr. Linda Vahdat) will be giving an oral presentation on the results from our phase 2 tetrathiomolybdate (TM) study. http://abstracts.asco.org/156/AbstView_156_151971.html

Dr. Tessa Cigler is chairing the Patient and Survivor Care session. Our abstract on cold caps was selected for a poster discussion session. http://abstracts.asco.org/156/AbstView_156_149240.html

Dr. Eleni Andreopoulou was selected by the International Development and Education Award (IDEA) group to mentor a physician from Morocco. Oncologists are selected by this group to host recipients for three-day visits following the ASCO meeting.

“The purpose of the IDEA program is to support the professional development of early-career oncologists in low- and middle-income countries around the world. The program pairs IDEA recipients with ASCO members in the United States or Canada who serve as their scientific mentors. Upon the mentees’ return to their home institution, it is expected that mentors and mentees remain in contact and pursue opportunities for consultation and collaboration.”

Dr. Anne Moore is chairing the Leadership Development Program presentation to the ASCO Board of Directors. The Leadership Development Program is a year-long program to learn leadership skills, gain exposure to the roles and mission of ASCO, and developing the future of cancer care. Dr. Moore is also joining the IDEA Working Group.

To view other abstracts from our studies:

PARP inhibitor ABT-888 http://abstracts.asco.org/156/AbstView_156_144933.html

Ovarian reserve and menses http://abstracts.asco.org/156/AbstView_156_147965.html

The METRIC study for metastatic triple negative breast cancer: http://abstracts.asco.org/156/AbstView_156_150265.html

IMMU study for metastatic triple negative breast cancer: http://abstracts.asco.org/156/AbstView_156_150673.html

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