What's new in neoadjuvant therapy for breast cancer?
Neoadjuvant treatment of breast cancer is currently being used in patients with advanced disease as well as with increasing application in those that present with initially operable breast cancer. The current clinical benefits of the use of NAC include: NAC increases the possibility of the use of BCS, the safety of NAC is comparable with that of adjuvant chemotherapy, and pCR may be predictive of overall survival. Although there are still unresolved clinical questions regarding the use of neoadjuvant therapy in initially operable breast cancer, there appears to be equivalent survival to the standard of care. Future research should be aimed at tailoring treatment to individual patients using specific tumor characteristics that may predict response to different types of chemotherapy, molecular targeted therapy, and endocrine therapy.
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