Vandana Abramson, MD, Addresses Treatment Strategies for Metastatic Breast Cancer
In this video, Vandana Abramson, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, discusses the various strategies utilized in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer. Dr Abramson says that they are looking at new mutations within the subgroups, specificallyPI3 kinase mutations, as targets for estrogen receptor positive breast cancer. For HER-2 positive breast cancer there are many new therapies such as, ado-trastuzumab emtansine, pertuzumab, trastuzumab and more. "That's where I really think breast cancer is headed, said Dr Abramson. "We are figuring out how we can target specific subtypes in a better way."
This video was taken on May 2, 2013, at the NAMCP Spring Managed Care Forum in Orlando, FL.
Myriad Genetics, Inc., announced today that the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) that has jurisdiction over most molecular diagnostic tests has issued its draft notice on how Medicare will provide reimbursement for Prolaris, a test that Myriad has developed to guide treatment decisions in prostate cancer.
While the current approved immuno-oncolgy drugs have been approved for melanoma, Roche has also been evaluating their new molecule in triple-negative breast cancer. The results will be presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.