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INTRODUCTION Most breast cancers that occur in women with germline BRCA1 mutations are estrogen receptor-negative (ER-) and also typically lack expression of progesterone receptor (PR) and HER2 overexpression. We undertook a study to assess the clinical factors that predict for an estrogen receptor positive (ER+) breast cancer in BRCA1 mutation carriers and(More)
PURPOSE The identification of patients with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (mTNBC) who are expected to benefit from platinum-based chemotherapy is of interest. We conducted a single-arm phase II clinical trial of single-agent platinum for mTNBC with biomarker correlates. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with mTNBC received first- or second-line(More)
INTRODUCTION The majority of breast cancers that occur in BRCA1 mutation carriers (BRCA1 carriers) are estrogen receptor-negative (ER-). Therefore, it has been suggested that ER negativity is intrinsic to BRCA1 cancers and reflects the cell of origin of these tumors. However, approximately 20% of breast cancers that develop in BRCA1 carriers are ER-positive(More)
1025 Background: Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) has a poor prognosis compared to other BC subtypes and lacks specific therapeutic targets. Platinum chemotherapy (CTx) may be active in this population. The p53 family members p63 and p73 are expressed in about 40% of TNBC and may predict response to platinum. TBCRC009 is a multicenter single arm phase(More)
BACKGROUND Research studies involving human tissue are increasingly common. However, patients' attitudes toward research biopsies are not well characterized, particularly when the biopsies are carried out outside the context of therapeutic trials. PATIENTS AND METHODS One hundred sixty patients with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) from two academic (n =(More)
Symptomatic bone metastases to the calcaneus are rare.1 Minimally invasive percutaneous augmentation is an option in the palliative management of patients with metastatic bone disease, and has been commonly used in the setting of vertebral compression fractures.2 Calcaneal augmentation can potentially allow for earlier weight bearing and a shorter period of(More)
A total of 107 patients with carcinoma of the ovary were entered in a study combining extensive primary surgery and intensive chemotherapy. Because of evidence supporting the effectiveness of both single agent platinum (P) and the combination of cyclophosphamide and doxorubicin (CA), patients were treated with alternating cycles of CA and CP. Primary(More)
Omega-6 (n-6) arachidonic acid (AA) and its pro-inflammatory metabolites, including prostaglandin E2 (PGE(2)), are known to promote tumorigenesis. Delta-6 desaturase (D6D) is the rate-limiting enzyme for converting n-6 linoleic acid (LA) to AA. Our objective was to determine if AA synthesis, specifically D6D activity, and PGE(2) levels are increased in(More)
Although most breast cancers in BRCA1 mutation carriers are estrogen receptor negative (ER-) with a basal-like phenotype, up to one third are ER positive (ER+). Little is known about the characteristics of this subgroup. To address this, we compared histologic and immunophenotypic features of 60 BRCA1-related ER+ breast cancers with those of 85(More)
11045 Background: Most breast cancers that occur in BRCA1 mutation carriers tend to lack ER, progesterone receptors and Her2/neu. Foulkes et al.(Clin Can Res 2004; 10: 2029) reported an increase in BRCA1-associated ER+ tumors with increasing age. Little is known about the clinical factors that predict for ER status in this population. Understanding these(More)