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Breast Cancer Update, Issue 2, 2019 (Video Program)
Released September 2019

Featuring interviews with Drs Ian E Krop and Sara Hurvitz on the management of HER2-positive breast cancer. (Video Program)

CE Disclosures and Faculty Information

    This activity is intended for medical oncologists, hematologist-oncologists and other healthcare providers involved in the treatment of breast cancer (BC).

    The current clinical management of breast cancer is multidisciplinary and includes surgical resection of local disease with or without radiation therapy and the treatment of systemic disease with cytotoxic chemotherapy, endocrine therapy, biologic therapy or combinations of these approaches. Although several factors are routinely considered in therapeutic decision-making for these patients, hormone receptor and HER2 status play perhaps the most significant roles, and this has led to the division of breast cancer into 3 primary phenotypes, ER-positive, HER2-positive and triple-negative disease. HER2 overexpression or amplification, an attribute that is generally associated with aggressive disease, is present in approximately 15% to 20% of breast cancer cases. Recent advances in the treatment of HER2-positive disease, including the use of HER2-targeted therapies, have improved outcomes but created challenges in the management of this subtype of breast cancer.

    To bridge the gap between research and patient care, this issue of Breast Cancer Update uses one-on-one interviews with leading breast cancer investigators to distill the latest research developments in the management of HER2-positive breast cancer so they may be incorporated into clinical practice as appropriate. By providing access to cutting-edge data and expert perspectives, this CME program assists medical oncologists in the formulation of up-to-date clinical management strategies.


    • Consider available data and relevant clinical factors in the selection of neoadjuvant therapy for patients with HER2-overexpressing early breast cancer.
    • Apply emerging research evidence to individualize the use and/or selection of adjuvant systemic therapy for patients with HER2-positive early breast cancer who have and have not received prior neoadjuvant treatment.
    • Implement a long-term clinical plan for the management of metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer, incorporating existing, recently approved and emerging targeted treatments.
    • Develop a plan of care to recognize and manage side effects and toxicities associated with approved and investigational HER2-targeted therapies.
    • Appraise ongoing trials of novel agents and approaches in breast cancer, and obtain consent and refer patients for study participation.

    Research To Practice is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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    FACULTY — The following faculty (and their spouses/partners) reported relevant conflicts of interest, which have been resolved through a conflict of interest resolution process:

    Ian E Krop, MD, PhD
    Associate Chief, Division of Breast Oncology
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
    Boston, Massachusetts

    Consulting Agreements: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Context Therapeutics, Daiichi Sankyo Inc, Genentech, MacroGenics Inc, Pfizer Inc, Roche Laboratories Inc, Taiho Oncology Inc; Contracted Research: Daiichi Sankyo Inc, Genentech, Pfizer Inc, Roche Laboratories Inc; Data and Safety Monitoring Board/Committee: Merck, Novartis.

    Sara Hurvitz, MD
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
    Director, Breast Cancer Clinical Research Program
    Co-Director, Santa Monica-UCLA Outpatient Oncology Practice
    Santa Monica, California

    Grant/Support: Ambryx Inc, Amgen Inc, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, BioMarin, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc, Daiichi Sankyo Inc, Dignitana, Genentech, GlaxoSmithKline, Lilly, MacroGenics Inc, Medivation Inc, a Pfizer Company, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc, Novartis, OBI Pharma Inc, Pfizer Inc, Pieris Pharmaceuticals Inc, Puma Biotechnology Inc, Roche Laboratories Inc, Seattle Genetics; Paid Travel: Lilly, Novartis, OBI Pharma Inc.

    EDITOR — Dr Love is president and CEO of Research To Practice. Research To Practice receives funds in the form of educational grants to develop CME activities from the following commercial interests: AbbVie Inc, Acerta Pharma — A member of the AstraZeneca Group, Adaptive Biotechnologies, Agendia Inc, Agios Pharmaceuticals Inc, Amgen Inc, Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc, Array BioPharma Inc, Astellas Pharma Global Development Inc, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Biodesix Inc, bioTheranostics Inc, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc, Boston Biomedical Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celgene Corporation, Clovis Oncology, Daiichi Sankyo Inc, Dendreon Pharmaceuticals Inc, Eisai Inc, EMD Serono Inc, Exelixis Inc, Foundation Medicine, Genentech, Genmab, Genomic Health Inc, Gilead Sciences Inc, Guardant Health, Halozyme Inc, ImmunoGen Inc, Incyte Corporation, Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc, Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals Inc, Janssen Biotech Inc, administered by Janssen Scientific Affairs LLC, Jazz Pharmaceuticals Inc, Kite Pharma Inc, Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Inc, Lilly, Loxo Oncology Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eli Lilly & Company, Merck, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc, Myriad Genetic Laboratories Inc, Natera Inc, Novartis, Oncopeptides, Pfizer Inc, Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie Company, Prometheus Laboratories Inc, Puma Biotechnology Inc, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc, Sandoz Inc, a Novartis Division, Sanofi Genzyme, Seattle Genetics, Sirtex Medical Ltd, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc, Taiho Oncology Inc, Takeda Oncology, Tesaro, A GSK Company, Teva Oncology, Tokai Pharmaceuticals Inc and Tolero Pharmaceuticals.

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    This activity is supported by educational grants from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Celgene Corporation, Daiichi Sankyo Inc, Genentech, Genomic Health Inc, Lilly, Merck, Novartis, Puma Biotechnology Inc and Seattle Genetics.

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    Release date: September 2019
    Expiration date: September 2020

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Interview with Ian E Krop, MD, PhD

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