Most promising news from San Antonio?


Question from LEN: What was the most promising news you heard this year at San Antonio?
Answers - Ruth Oratz, M.D., F.A.C.P. There was some very exciting news this year. The two presentations that I found most provocative and encouraging were really philosophical conversations about how breast cancer grows and spreads. These were presentations by Dr. Larry Norton and Dr. Patricia Steeg about the growth and metastatic potential of breast cancer cells. Both of these scientists presented overarching and unifying fundamental concepts about what makes cancer cells malignant, and how these cells grow, divide, and spread through the body. It is this kind of clear and rational basis for building more detailed analyses of the molecular nature of cancer cells and their biological behavior that will ultimately lead to better therapies and further improvements in curing breast cancer. Once again, returning to my very initial comment about this year’s San Antonio conference, the big news this year was not so much in the details of the clinical trials reporting, but in these kinds of basic approaches to understanding the molecular biology of breast cancer.

On Wednesday, December 17, 2008, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Updates from the 2008 San Antonio Breast Cancer SymposiumRuth Oratz, M.D., F.A.C.P. and Carol Kaplan, M.D. answered your questions about the latest updates on breast cancer risk, screening techniques, treatment options, and more.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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