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SABCS 2019

by Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Every year we go to the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS), the largest breast cancer conference in the world, so we can bring you  updates and analysis of the latest breast cancer research and treatment. It's impossible to... Read more
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SABCS 2019: Tiny treatment updates via Tweet

Over a thousand papers are presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium each year, and I attend more than 12 hours of presentations and discussions each day. It’s a lot to cover and I try to focus on the results that are most relevant and interesting to our... Read more
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SABCS 2019: Spending, Cost, and ‘Value’ of Breast Cancer Treatments

by Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director  The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium is a study in contrasts every year. Expensive suits mingle with headscarves. Glossy industry promotions include details about horrible side effects of treatments. And rows of tricked-out booths... Read more
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SABCS 2019: Mixed Results for Hormone Replacement Therapy and Breast Cancer Risk

by Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director A large, federally-funded study evaluating the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to reduce the risk of heart disease, bone loss, and other effects of menopause was stopped early in 2002 when researchers found more breast cancers... Read more
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SABCS 2019: Myriad Genetics’ Bullying Starts at the Top

by Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Our modest display of materials doesn’t stand out among the sea of plush and glossy booths at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, enticing folks with fancy displays and tantalizing give-aways. It’s the people at our table who draw... Read more
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SABCS 2019: Less Surgery, But Still Some, For Breast Cancer

by Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director When first diagnosed with cancer, it can feel like the surest, fastest way to get rid of it is to cut it out. So many newly diagnosed breast cancer patients are surprised to learn that surgery isn’t the first step in treatment for many... Read more
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SABCS 2019: Why Finding More Cancer With MRI Isn’t Necessarily Better

by Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director A Danish study published in November 2019 got widespread media coverage for showing that supplemental magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), using a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues, finds... Read more
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SABCS 2019: No Winners in Debate Over Treatment Options

by Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director Friday morning, SABCS opened with a debate that was hyped like a sporting event in an effort to spice up a pretty dry conference. The topic was about surgical options, which is a defining decision for a majority of people diagnosed with... Read more
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SABCS 2019: Evaluating—and understanding—breast cancer studies at SABCS

By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director                                           For 42 years, breast cancer researchers and doctors have been gathering in San Antonio... Read more
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SABCS 2019: T-DM1 tradeoffs: not worth the costs and side effects in early stage breast cancer

Just because there is an FDA approved treatment, should it be offered to everyone? Dr Tolaney from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute presented data (GS1-05) exploring whether it’s appropriate to use the monoclonal antibody T-DM1 to treat early stage HER2+ breast cancer. Even... Read more
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