To develop targeted treatment options, understanding the biology of triple-negative breast cancer is key, and there have been significant updates that will be presented in a session, titled Recent Advances in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer,at the 2023 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Read more to catch up ahead of the conference.
Staying Up to Date on Advancements in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Care
Breast cancer detection and treatment methods have come a long way in recent years, but triple-negative breast cancer, in particular, has proven to be challenging. This subtype lacks the usual hormone receptors, leaving patients without the targetable treatment options that are available for other types of breast cancer.
However, there have been significant updates that will be presented in a session, titled Recent Advances in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer,at the 2023 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. So let's dive into what we need to know about this topic ahead of the conference.
Understanding the Biology of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
In order to develop targeted treatment options, understanding the biology of triple-negative breast cancer is key. Research has shown that it’s a very diverse subtype of breast cancer, but a common aspect is the presence of abnormal DNA repair mechanisms. This has led to the development of PARP inhibitors, which target these abnormal repair mechanisms and have shown promising results in clinical trials.
Immunotherapy as a Potential Treatment
Immunotherapy has become a popular approach in cancer treatment, and it’s being studied as a potential option for triple-negative breast cancer. This subtype has been found to have a high level of immune cell infiltration, which could be manipulated to target the cancer cells.
Early studies have shown promising results with immunotherapy drugs, such as checkpoint inhibitors, for triple-negative breast cancer.
Advances in Surgical Methods
Triple-negative breast cancer is often diagnosed at a later stage, which can make surgical removal of the cancer more complicated. However, advancements in surgical methods have improved outcomes for patients.
One such method is oncoplastic surgery, which combines the removal of the cancer with reconstruction of the breast tissue. This has been shown to improve cosmetic outcomes and quality of life for patients.
The Role of Genetics in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Genetics is a well-known factor in the risk and development of breast cancer, but its role in triple-negative breast cancer hasn’t been thoroughly studied. But recent research has found several genes that may be linked to the development and progression of this subtype. Identifying these genes could have implications for targeted treatment methods and even preventative measures.
The Importance of Patient Support
In addition to all of this information, it’s important to remember the role of patient support. This subtype of cancer is often more aggressive, and treatment can be more physically and emotionally taxing. That’s why healthcare professionals should prioritize resources for patients, such as support groups and counseling services.
Tackling triple-negative breast cancer requires navigating unique challenges, so it’s imperative that healthcare professionals stay up to date on the most recent advancements—like the ones featured at the 2023 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium—in order to provide the best care.
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Jessica E. Hawley M.D. M.S.
Jessica E. Hawley M.D. M.S.
Neal Shore, MD