Targeting HER2 in Breast Cancer: Latest Developments on Treatment Sequencing and the Introduction of Biosimilars

AbstractApproximately 20% of all breast cancers overexpress the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). Targeting breast cancer through this vital oncogenic protein has been a major step towards improved patient outcomes. Today, several anti-HER2 agents are in clinical use including: the monoclonal antibodies trastuzumab and pertuzumab; the small molecule inhibitors lapatinib, neratinib, and tucatinib; and the antibody –drug conjugates ado-trastuzumab emtansine and trastuzumab deruxtecan, in some jurisdictions. In addition, several trastuzumab biosimilars have recently been granted regulatory approval in North America and the EU, and are enhancing patient access to HER2-directed therapy. The various agents diffe r greatly in their side-effect profiles and approved indications, from neoadjuvant and adjuvant use in early disease, to first- and later-line use in metastatic disease. This review discusses the current treatment recommendations for the use of anti-HER2 agents alone and in combination, examines the latest advances in HER2-targeted drugs and how they may be best applied in clinical practice, and provides guidance on optimal sequencing of the growing array of therapeutic options for HER2-positive breast cancer.
Source: Drugs - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

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Source: Annals of Surgical Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
We reported nodal and breast downstaging rates with NET, and compared axillary response rates following NET and neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC).MethodsConsecutive stage I –III breast cancer patients treated with NET and surgery from January 2009 to December 2019 were identified from a prospectively maintained database. Nodal pCR rates were compared between biopsy-proven node-positive patients treated with NET, and HR+/HER2- patients treated with NAC from November 2 013 to July 2019.Results127 cancers treated with NET and 338 with NAC were included. NET recipients were older, more likely to have lobular and lower-grade...
Source: Annals of Surgical Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The probability of nodal positivity after neoadjuvant chemotherapy was less than 3 per cent in patients with TNBC or HER2-positive disease who achieved a breast rCR on MRI. These patients could be included in trials investigating the omission of sentinel node biopsy after neoadjuvant chemotherapy. PMID: 33031572 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: The British Journal of Surgery - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Br J Surg Source Type: research
Conditions:   HER2-positive Breast Cancer;   Stage I Breast Cancer Intervention:   Biological: Trastuzumab and pertuzumab Subcutaneous Fixed-Dose Combination Sponsors:   Fundacio Clinic Barcelona;   SOLTI Breast Cancer Research Group;   Roche Pharma AG Recruiting
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Source: Vascular Health and Risk Management - Category: Cardiology Tags: Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy Source Type: research
Conditions:   HER2-negative Breast Cancer;   Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Interventions:   Drug: Epirubicin;   Drug: Cyclophosphamid;   Drug: Docetaxel;   Drug: Paclitaxel Sponsor:   Second Affiliated Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University Recruiting
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ConclusionsThis retrospective study demonstrated that age at diagnosis was independently associated with IBTR-free survival. Special caution is needed when clinical trials analyzing omission of breast surgery after NAC are enrolling younger patients (UMIN-CTR No. UMIN000037067).
Source: Annals of Surgical Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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Source: European Journal of Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: POSTERS A: Optimal Diagnosis Source Type: research
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Source: European Journal of Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: POSTERS A: Basic Science and Translational Research Source Type: research
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Source: European Journal of Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: POSTERS A: Systemic Treatment Source Type: research
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