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A woman with a support groupSABCS 2020: Patient-centered language and our for-profit healthcare system

By Tibby Reas Hinderlie, Communications Officer The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) is the world’s largest annual breast cancer conference, and the stated intended audience is “an international audience of academic and private physicians and... Read more
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Two IV bags hanging in front of a windowSABCS 2020: Immunotherapy Part 4 – Sacituzumab Govitecan Improves Overall Survival for Metastatic Triple Negative Breast Cancer

By Karuna Jaggar, Former Executive Director and SABCS Guest Writer In April 2020, the FDA approved a new type of immunotherapy, the antibody drug conjugate sacituzumab govitecan (brand name Trodelvy), a name so unpronounceable that even doctors at SABCS struggled and generally... Read more
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Two IV bags hanging in front of a windowSABCS 2020: Immunotherapy Part 3 – Atezolizumab Does Not Worsen Patient Reported Quality of Life for Early Stage Triple Negative Breast Cancer

By Karuna Jaggar, Former Executive Director and SABCS Guest Writer Atezolizumab (brand name Tencentriq) was the first immunotherapy approved for breast cancer, just over a year and a half ago, as noted in my first immunotherapy blog post, for metastatic triple negative breast... Read more
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Two IV bags hanging in front of a windowSABCS 2020: Immunotherapy Part 2 – Pembrolizumab Can Be Paired With Any Partner Chemo

By Karuna Jaggar, Former Executive Director and SABCS Guest Writer As explained in the prior blog post, immunotherapy seeks to harness the immune system to recognize and target cancer cells. The immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab (brand name Keytruda) is a checkpoint inhibitor... Read more
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Two IV bags hanging in front of a windowSABCS 2020: The Hallmarks of Cancer and the Hope of Immunotherapy

By Karuna Jaggar, Former Executive Director and SABCS Guest Writer Cancer is a complex disease that includes breakdowns in multiple biological systems that allow tumors to grow. Understanding these mechanisms, sometimes referred to as the “Hallmarks of Cancer,” gives... Read more
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SABCS 2020: Why Mammograms Can’t Fix Breast Cancer Disparities

By Jayla Burton, Program Officer The growing attention to breast cancer disparities for Black women has resulted in an increase in marketing campaigns targeting women of color telling us that we must get screened for breast cancer. For many people, at first this sounds like... Read more
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An empty doctor's officeSABCS 2020: Helping Patients by Doing Less: No Chemo Needed for Even More Breast Cancers

By Karuna Jaggar, Former Executive Director and SABCS Guest Writer Good news for many postmenopausal women with early stage, hormone positive breast cancer. Two new studies presented at the 2020 the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) confirm that the majority of these... Read more
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The SABCS Video Backdrop featuring the SABCS logoSABCS 2020: Life—and Birth!—after Breast Cancer

By Karuna Jaggar, Former Executive Director and SABCS Guest Writer For people who want to have a biological child after breast cancer, there are a number of questions and concerns. Dr. Eva Blondeaux provided largely reassuring data about pregnancy in a paper presented on... Read more
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Screen shot from SABCS session on physician under-recognitionSABCS 2020: Disparities and Doctors’ Disconnect

By Karuna Jaggar, Former Executive Director and SABCS Guest Writer Multiple studies show that Black people are consistently under-medicated for pain, whether during dental work or cancer treatment. At my first ASCO Breast Cancer Symposium in San Francisco in September... Read more
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Screen shot from SABCS session on meditationSABCS 2020: Meditation and More

By Tibby Reas Hinderlie, Communications Officer As a former yoga and meditation instructor I was immediately drawn to Dr. Patricia Ganz’s session on mindfulness at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS). I still maintain an active practice, and I felt joy and... Read more
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