Tag Archives: breast cancer treatment

A picture of the US Capitol building against a blue backdropWe should have access to essential medical supplies

By Tibby Reas Hinderlie, Communications Manager For many people, breast cancer treatment comes with harsh, disabling side effects. Lymphedema is a condition that causes incredibly painful swelling in the arms or legs due to the blocked flow of fluids. It is estimated... Read more
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By Zoë Christopher, Program Officer & Operations Manager Our latest resource, What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer, provides our unbiased, patient-centered take on the basics of breast cancer, free from industry influence.   We’ve recently updated this... Read more
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A woman swabbing her cheek.SABCS 2020: Why More Tests Won’t Solve the Breast Cancer Epidemic and Other Takeaways

By Karuna Jaggar, Former Executive Director and SABCS Guest Writer In our “take action,” “more is better,” “gotta do something” culture, most people assume that more medial testing will lead to better treatments. After all, many assume, the more we know about a... Read more
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The SABCS Video Backdrop featuring the SABCS logoSABCS 2020

By Jayla Burton, Program Officer For decades billions of dollars have been poured into breast cancer research. And each December clinicians and researchers from around the world gather at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) to share the latest study results. For... 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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