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Breast cancer brca

Zora Baretta, Simone Mocellin, Elena Goldin, Olufunmilayo I Olopade, Dezheng Huo
BACKGROUND: The contribution of BRCA germline mutational status to breast cancer patients' prognosis is unclear. We aimed to systematically review and perform meta-analysis of the available evidence of effects of BRCA germline mutations on multiple survival outcomes of breast cancer patients as a whole and in specific subgroups of interest, including those with triple negative breast cancer, those with Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, and patients with stage I-III disease. METHODS: Sixty studies met all inclusion criteria and were considered for this meta-analysis...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Trevor Tejada-Bergés
As health care providers, we play a crucial role in the assessment of a patient's risk for hereditary breast cancer syndromes. The panorama of genetic assessment and testing has evolved dramatically since the identification of the BRCA genes. Next-generation sequencing technology has facilitated the development of multigene panels, but 1 consequence has been an increased identification of pathogenic variants at odds with a family history as well as variants of uncertain significance for which treatment guidelines are not defined...
October 5, 2016: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Olga Villamar Cruz, Tatiana Y Prudnikova, Daniela Araiza-Olivera, Carlos Perez-Plasencia, Neil Johnson, Andrea J Bernhardy, Michael Slifker, Catherine Renner, Jonathan Chernoff, Luis E Arias-Romero
Cells that are deficient in homologous recombination, such as those that have mutations in any of the Fanconi Anemia (FA)/BRCA genes, are hypersensitive to inhibition of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP). However, FA/BRCA-deficient tumors represent a small fraction of breast cancers, which might restrict the therapeutic utility of PARP inhibitor monotherapy. The gene encoding the serine-threonine protein kinase p21-activated kinase 1 (PAK1) is amplified and/or overexpressed in several human cancer types including 25-30% of breast tumors...
October 11, 2016: Oncotarget
Ruth Heisey, June C Carroll
OBJECTIVE: To summarize the best evidence on strategies to identify and manage women with a family history of breast cancer. SOURCES OF INFORMATION: A PubMed search was conducted using the search terms breast cancer, guidelines, risk, family history, management, and magnetic resonance imaging screening from 2000 to 2016. Most evidence is level II. MAIN MESSAGE: Taking a good family history is essential when assessing breast cancer risk in order to identify women suitable for referral to a genetic counselor for possible genetic testing...
October 2016: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
Nidal E Muvarak, Khadiza Chowdhury, Limin Xia, Carine Robert, Eun Yong Choi, Yi Cai, Marina Bellani, Ying Zou, Zeba N Singh, Vu H Duong, Tyler Rutherford, Pratik Nagaria, Søren M Bentzen, Michael M Seidman, Maria R Baer, Rena G Lapidus, Stephen B Baylin, Feyruz V Rassool
Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibitors (PARPis) are clinically effective predominantly for BRCA-mutant tumors. We introduce a mechanism-based strategy to enhance PARPi efficacy based on DNA damage-related binding between DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) and PARP1. In acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and breast cancer cells, DNMT inhibitors (DNMTis) alone covalently bind DNMTs into DNA and increase PARP1 tightly bound into chromatin. Low doses of DNMTis plus PARPis, versus each drug alone, increase PARPi efficacy, increasing amplitude and retention of PARP1 directly at laser-induced DNA damage sites...
October 10, 2016: Cancer Cell
Andrew D Skol, Mark M Sasaki, Kenan Onel
More than 12 % of women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Although there have been tremendous advances in elucidating genetic risk factors underlying both familial and sporadic breast cancer, much of the genetic contribution to breast cancer etiology remains unknown. The discovery of BRCA1 and BRCA2 over 20 years ago remains the seminal event in the field and has paved the way for the discovery of other high-penetrance susceptibility genes by linkage analysis. The advent of genome-wide association studies made possible the next wave of discoveries, in which over 80 low-penetrance and moderate-penetrance variants were identified...
October 3, 2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
Bradley J Monk, Domenica Lorusso, Antoine Italiano, Stan B Kaye, Miguel Aracil, Adnan Tanović, Maurizio D'Incalci
Trabectedin is a marine-derived product that was originally isolated from the Caribbean sea squirt Ecteinascidia turbinata and the first anticancer marine drug to be approved by the European Union. It is currently used as a single agent for the treatment of patients with soft tissue sarcoma after failure of anthracyclines and ifosfamide, or for those patients who are unsuited to receive these agents, and in patients with relapsed, platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer in combination with pegylated liposomal doxorubicin...
September 15, 2016: Cancer Treatment Reviews
Kari Nyheim Solbrække, Håvard Søiland, Kirsten Lode, Birgitta Haga Gripsrud
In this paper we explore the rise of 'the breast cancer gene' as a field of medical, cultural and personal knowledge. We address its significance in the Norwegian public health care system in relation to so-called biological citizenship in this particular national context. One of our main findings is that, despite its claims as a measure for health and disease prevention, gaining access to medical knowledge of BRCA 1/2 breast cancer gene mutations can also produce severe instability in the individuals and families affected...
October 5, 2016: Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy
Matteo Ghilli, Donatella M Mariniello, Giovanni Fanelli, Francesca Cascione, Andrea Fontana, Agostino Cristaudo, Anna Cilotti, Adelaide M Caligo, Giampiero Manca, Livio Colizzi, Antonio G Naccarato, Manuela Roncella
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 30, 2016: Clinical Breast Cancer
Nisha A Lakhi, Gerald J Mizejewski
Elevations of serum alpha-fetoprotein (sAFP) have been reported in fetal and infant states of anemia. Fanconi anemia (FA) belongs to a family of genetic instability disorders which lack the capability to repair DNA breaks. The lesion occurs at a checkpoint regulatory step of the G2 to mitotic transition, allowing FA cells to override cell-cycle arrest. FA DNA repair pathways contain complementation groups known as FANC proteins. FANC proteins form multi-protein complexes with BRCA proteins and are involved in homologous DNA repair...
October 3, 2016: Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
John S Kennedy, Patrick A Robbins
Breast MRI is being used more frequently for advanced screening for breast cancer. Patients may be at increased risk, or are symptomatic, with nonsuspicious mammograms. There is little data regarding the likelihood of a recommendation for biopsy, or for detecting a malignancy, in this population. We intended to determine the malignancy rate, number needed to treat, and positive predictive value for patients receiving adjunctive MRI at our institution. A retrospective review of all breast MRIs from 2008 to 2010 was done...
September 2016: American Surgeon
Young Jae Lee, Shin Wha Lee, Kyu Rae Kim, Kyung Hae Jung, Jong Won Lee, Yong Man Kim
OBJECTIVE: Most BRCA1/2 carriers do not undergo risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy (RRSO) by the recommended age. This study aimed to find the incidence of precursor lesions and cancer after RRSO. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed breast cancer patients identified as BRCA mutation carriers who underwent RRSO at Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea, from 2010 to 2014. From 2013, all cases were examined according to the Sectioning and Extensively Examining the Fimbria (SEE/FIM) protocol and underwent immunohistochemically staining...
August 8, 2016: Journal of Gynecologic Oncology
Achilleas Thoma, Manraj Nirmal Kaur, Forough Farrokhyar, Daniel Waltho, Carolyn Levis, Peter Lovrics, Charlie H Goldsmith
You are a new plastic surgeon in the community and you are referred a patient interested in breast reconstruction. The patient is a 35-year-old female school teacher who had a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy 2 years earlier, as she was a BRCA gene carrier. Since she is of a petite build with very little subcutaneous tissue or extra skin in the lower abdomen, you decide that she is not a suitable candidate for an abdomen-based autologous tissue reconstruction. You recommend the technique of tissue expansion and silicone gel implants...
September 2016: Canadian Journal of Surgery. Journal Canadien de Chirurgie
S Paluch-Shimon, F Cardoso, C Sessa, J Balmana, M J Cardoso, F Gilbert, E Senkus
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Jung-Min Lee, Cody J Peer, Minshu Yu, Lauren Amable, Nicolas Gordon, Christina M Annunziata, Nicole Houston, Andrew K L Goey, Tristan M Sissung, Bernard Parker, Lori Minasian, Victoria Chiou, Robert F Murphy, Brigitte C Widemann, William D Figg, Elise C Kohn
PURPOSE: Our preclinical studies showed the PARP inhibitor, olaparib prior to carboplatin attenuated carboplatin cytotoxicity. We evaluated sequence-specific pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) effects, safety and activity of the combination. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eligible patients had metastatic or recurrent women's cancer. Olaparib tablets were introduced (100 or 200mg bid, days1-7) in a 3+3 dose escalation with carboplatin AUC4 or 5 q21 days, up to eight cycles, followed by olaparib maintenance...
September 23, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Yaning Zhu, Jian Wu, Chengwan Zhang, Suan Sun, Jian Zhang, Wenjie Liu, Jian Huang, Zhihong Zhang
BRCA mutations occur frequently in breast cancer (BC), but their prognostic impact on outcomes of BC has not been determined. We conducted an updated meta-analysis on the association between BRCA mutations and survival in patients with BC. Electronic databases were searched. The primary outcome measure was overall survival (OS), and the secondary outcome measures included breast cancer-specific survival (BCSS) and event-free survival (EFS). Hazard ratios (HR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) were abstracted and pooled with random-effect modeling...
September 21, 2016: Oncotarget
Kyong-Ah Yoon, Boyoung Park, Byung Il Lee, Moon Jung Yang, Sun-Young Kong, Eun Sook Lee
Purpose: Unclassified variants (UVs) of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are not defined as pathogenic for breast cancer, and their clinical significance currently remains undefined. Therefore, this study was conducted to identify potentially pathogenic unclassified variants by comparing their prevalence between breast cancer patients and controls. Methods: A total of 328 breast cancer patients underwent BRCA1/2 genetic screening at the National Cancer Center of Korea. Genetic variants of BRCA genes that were categorized as unclassified according to the Breast Cancer Information Core database were selected based on allelic frequency, after which candidate variants were genotyped in 421 healthy controls...
September 13, 2016: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
D Baumhoer
Osteosarcomas are highly aggressive bone tumors that mainly occur in the metaphyses of long bones in children and adolescents. Genetically, they are characterized by complex structural and numerical aberrations with large intra- and interindividual variations which hamper the identification of the initiating and driving events. Sequencing and copy number analyses in a study of 123 pretherapeutic osteosarcoma samples identified mutations in 14 genes as the potential main drivers. Although almost half of all osteosarcomas could be attributed to mutations in TP53 and RB1, no single driver gene could be found that was clearly responsible for the majority of tumors...
September 20, 2016: Der Pathologe
Kandice K Ludwig, Joan Neuner, Annabelle Butler, Jennifer L Geurts, Amanda L Kong
BACKGROUND: Mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes results in an elevated risk for developing both breast and ovarian cancers over the lifetime of affected carriers. General surgeons may be faced with questions about surgical risk reduction and survival benefit of prophylactic surgery. METHODS: A systematic literature review was performed using the electronic databases PubMed, OVID MEDLINE, and Scopus comparing prophylactic surgery vs observation with respect to breast and ovarian cancer risk reduction and mortality in BRCA mutation carriers...
October 2016: American Journal of Surgery
Anselmo Papa, Davide Caruso, Martina Strudel, Silverio Tomao, Federica Tomao
BACKGROUND: Despite standard treatment for epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC), that involves cytoreductive surgery followed by platinum-based chemotherapy, and initial high response rates to these, up to 80 % of patients experience relapses with a median progression-free survival of 12-18 months. There remains an urgent need for novel targeted therapies to improve clinical outcomes in ovarian cancer. Of the many targeted therapies currently under evaluation, the most promising strategies developed thus far are antiangiogenic agents and Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors...
2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
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