Michelle Fan

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PURPOSE This randomized study compared denosumab, a fully human monoclonal antibody against receptor activator of nuclear factor κ B (RANK) ligand, with zoledronic acid in delaying or preventing skeletal-related events (SREs) in patients with breast cancer with bone metastases. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients were randomly assigned to receive either(More)
PURPOSE Adjuvant aromatase inhibitor therapy is well established in postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer, but such therapy is complicated by accelerated bone loss and increased fracture risk. We investigated the ability of denosumab, a fully human monoclonal antibody against receptor activator of nuclear factor-kappaB ligand, to(More)
PURPOSE Receptor activator of nuclear factor-kappaB ligand (RANKL) is essential for the differentiation, function, and survival of osteoclasts, which play a key role in establishment and propagation of skeletal disease in patients with multiple myeloma or bone metastases as well as many other skeletal diseases. Denosumab (AMG 162), a fully human monoclonal(More)
PURPOSE Denosumab, a fully human monoclonal antibody to receptor activator of nuclear factor-kappaB ligand, suppresses bone resorption. In this study, we evaluated the efficacy and safety of five dosing regimens of denosumab in patients with breast cancer-related bone metastases not previously treated with intravenous bisphosphonates (IV BPs). PATIENTS(More)
BACKGROUND The presence or absence of regional lymph node metastases has been one of the most important determining factors in recommending adjuvant chemotherapy for patients with breast carcinoma. However, because of the 15-20% failure rate at 5 years for lymph node negative patients, other tumor-related prognostic factors have gained greater significance(More)
The intensity of bone remodeling is a critical determinant of the decay of cortical and trabecular microstructure after menopause. Denosumab suppresses remodeling more than alendronate, leading to greater gains in areal bone mineral density (aBMD). These greater gains may reflect differing effects of each drug on bone microarchitecture and strength. In a(More)
BACKGROUND Thirty percent of lymph node negative patients with operable breast carcinoma experience disease recurrence within 10 years. Retrospective serial sectioning of axillary lymph nodes has revealed undetected metastases in 9-30% of these patients. These occult metastases have been shown to have an adverse effect on survival. Serial sectioning (SS) is(More)
BACKGROUND The role of axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) in breast cancer is currently being reevaluated. Sentinel node biopsy (SNB) holds promise for replacing full dissection in a large number of patients with breast cancer. MATERIALS We evaluated SNB utilizing an intraoperative gamma probe localization technique following injection of technetium(More)
HYPOTHESIS Mammographically detected breast tumors can be completely ablated with laser energy. DESIGN Nonrandomized control trial. SETTING A university hospital ambulatory care center. PATIENTS Thirty-six patients with mammographically detected well-defined breast tumors were selected. INTERVENTIONS The diagnosis of malignant neoplasms and(More)
PURPOSE Denosumab was shown to be superior to zoledronic acid in preventing skeletal related events (SRE) in patients with breast cancer and bone metastases in a randomized, double-blind phase III study. We evaluated further results from this study related to skeletal complications and health-related quality of life (HRQoL). EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Patients(More)