Megan E Fracol

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IMPORTANCE There is a paucity of immune signatures identifying patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive invasive breast cancer (IBC) at risk for treatment failure following trastuzumab and chemotherapy. OBJECTIVE To determine whether circulating anti-HER2 CD4-positive (CD4+) T-helper type 1 (Th1) immunity correlates with(More)
We previously demonstrated a progressive loss of the anti-human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) CD4+ T-helper type 1 (Th1) response during HER2pos breast tumorigenesis. This loss is associated with residual disease following neoadjuvant therapy and increased risk of recurrence. In this study, we assessed the fate of anti-HER3 Th1 immunity during(More)
HER2-directed therapies are less effective in patients with ERpos compared to ERneg breast cancer, possibly reflecting bidirectional activation between HER2 and estrogen signaling pathways. We investigated dual blockade using anti-HER2 vaccination and anti-estrogen therapy in HER2pos/ERpos early breast cancer patients. In pre-clinical studies of HER2pos(More)
We report a case of a 51 year old female with a 25 pack year smoking history who underwent bilateral mastectomy and immediate tissue expander reconstruction for newly diagnosed right breast cancer. The patient reported herself as a non-smoker despite significant e-cigarette use, with resulting significant mastectomy skin flap necrosis and breast(More)
BACKGROUND The literature has been void of large outcome studies detailing the efficacy and complication profile of muscle flap reconstruction of complex groin wounds. Furthermore, a first-line choice for muscle flap selection remains unclear. The aim of this study is 2-fold: (1) to examine the complication profile and associated risk factors following(More)
s presented at the Society’s annual meeting will be considered for the following awards: • The George Peters Award recognizes the best presentation by a breast fellow. In addition to a plaque, the winner receives $1,000. The winner is selected by the Society’s Publications Committee. The award was established in 2004 by the Society to honor Dr. George N.(More)
BACKGROUND Radiation induces vessel damage and impairs tissue healing. To date, only 1 study has examined radiation's impact in autologous breast reconstruction on intraoperative vascular complications and postoperative outcomes. In this follow-up paper, we examine a larger cohort with an improved study design to better control for patient characteristics.(More)
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