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Clinical Challenges: Treating Breast Cancer in the ‘Very Old’

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By: Randy Dotinga From: medpagetoday.com Should a woman with breast cancer undergo aggressive treatment if she’s age 85, 90, or even older? Specialists say the answer may be yes, depending on the patient’s health status and personal wishes. “If she’s a well person, there’s no reason to hold back treating her cancer,” said Heather Macdonald, MD, medical director of the …

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Clinical Challenges: When to Start End-of-Life Care in Metastatic Breast Cancer

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By: Leah Lawrence From: medpagetoday.com Breast cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the U.S. Although treatments for metastatic breast cancer — whether a new diagnosis or recurrent disease — have improved in recent years, metastatic disease remains incurable, explained Dawn L. Hershman, MD, MS, director of breast oncology at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer …

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Clinical Challenges: ADCs and Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

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By: Mike Bassett From: medpagetoday.com The development of antibody drug conjugates adds a much needed option for women with TNBC Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) — i.e., breast cancer that does not express estrogen, progesterone, or HER2 receptors — comprises approximately 10%-20% of all breast cancers and represents “an unmet need in the field of breast oncology,” said Aditya Bardia, MD, …