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What current advancements or breakthroughs in breast cancer research are giving hope to patients like me? Are there any promising new treatment options on the horizon?
- Carolina Estevao(Scientific Advisor)•
There has been significant progress made in breast cancer research in recent years, which has led to many promising new treatment options. One major breakthrough in breast cancer research is the development of targeted therapies. Targeted therapies are medications that work by identifying and attacking specific cancer cells based on certain genes or proteins found in those cells. These treatments have been shown to be effective in fighting certain types of breast cancer, as they can specifically cancerous cells while leaving the healthy cells intact. Another promising area of research is immunotherapy. Immunotherapy works by using the body's own immune system to fight cancer. Recent advances in targeted treatments and immunotherapy have shown promise, particularly for HER2-positive and triple-negative breast cancers. Additionally, there are advances being made in genetics research, that are helping better predict the risk of breast cancer and personalize treatment options. Scientists are working to develop new genetic tests that can analyze a person's DNA to determine their risk for developing breast cancer and tailor a personalized treatment plan for them. As research in breast cancer continues to advance, we are hopeful that even more breakthroughs will occur, to better treatments and ultimately better outcomes for patients.
- Hillary Lin(Physician)•
ASCO, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, is hosting their annual meeting this weekend. This is the biggest clinical oncology conference in the US and there are a number of exciting trial announcements being made.
If you want to get some of the latest news from the conference, you can see their news page here: https://dailynews.ascopubs.org/meetings/asco-annual-meeting