Focused Cancer Updates: Neoadjuvant Therapy for Breast Cancer and Managing Immunotherapy Toxicity

An expert panel delivers news to inform therapy and monitoring decisions, including a look at how the I-SPY 2 trial is accelerating evaluation of promising agents in high-risk breast cancer (as well as cutting down on unlikely-to-help treatments); opportunities to reduce late recurrence in patients with HR-positive tumors; better ways to address immunotherapy's toxic effects in survivors, part of the mission of UCSF's new CITE (Cancer Immunotherapy Toxicity Evaluation) Program; and immediate steps to take when cancer survivors present with fatigue, thirst or other hormonal symptoms.

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Laura Esserman, MBA, MD.

Laura Esserman, MBA, MD

Director of the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center

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Jo Chein, MD.

Jo Chein, MD

Breast oncologist

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Katy Tsai, MD.

Katy Tsai, MD

Oncologist and melanoma specialist

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Zoe Quandt.

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Dr. Zoe Quandt is an endocrinologist caring for patients who develop hormonal side effects from their cancer treatment, especially from immunotherapy (treatments that stimulate the immune system). She works with patients so they can continue ...

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