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Program Detail

Release Date: December-28-12
Credit Expiration Date: December-28-13


Program Director:
Joyce A. O'Shaughnessy, MD
Co-Director, Breast Cancer Research
Baylor Charles A Sammons Cancer Center
Texas Oncology/The US Oncology Network
Dallas, TX

Featured Faculty:
Kathy S. Albain, MD, FACP
Professor of Medicine
Division of Hematology/Oncology
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Director, Breast Clinical Research Program
Director, Thoracic Oncology Program
Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center
Maywood, IL

David Euhus, MD
Director, Mary L. Brown Breast Cancer Genetics and Risk Assessment Program
UT Southwestern Center for Breast Care
Dallas, TX

Silvia C. Formenti, MD
Professor of Medicine
Sandra and Edward H. Meyer Professor of Radiation Oncology
Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology
NYU Radiation Oncology Associates
NYU Langone Medical Center
New York, NY

Frankie Ann Holmes, MD
Breast Cancer Research Committee
Texas Oncology/Houston Memorial City
Houston, TX

Stephen E. Jones, MD
Medical Director
US Oncology Research
Houston, TX

Terry Mamounas, MD, MPH, FACS
Professor of Surgery
Northeastern Ohio Medical University
Medical Director, Aultman Cancer Center
Canton, OH

Beth Overmoyer, MD
Director, Inflammatory Breast Cancer Program
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Andrew D. Seidman, MD
Attending Physician, Breast Cancer Medicine Service
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Professor of Medicine
Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University
New York, NY

Ian E. Smith, MD
Professor of Cancer Medicine
The Royal Marsden Hospital
Institute of Cancer Research
London, United Kingdom

Debu Tripathy, MD
Professor of Medicine
Co-Leader, Women’s Cancer Program
Priscilla and Art Chair in Women’s Cancer
University of Southern California
Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Los Angeles, CA

Credit Hours




Program Description

This activity features highlights from the recent "10th Annual Controversies in Breast Cancer: Adjuvant and Neoadjuvant Therapy," a day-long symposium featuring a diverse panel of internationally recognized breast cancer experts who presented and led in-depth discussions on the increasing number of breast cancer subtypes that challenge oncologists. A significant emphasis on real cases and new data supporting local and systemic adjuvant and neoadjuvant treatment options helped to provide practical context for the evolving clinical trial findings. Other topics pertaining to predictive biomarkers, staging, risk assessment, toxicity management, and survivorship were also addressed and are summarized in this internet-based newsletter.

Program Developer/Facilitator


Target Audience

Medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists, and other health care professionals interested in the treatment of breast cancer.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Describe molecular assays and biomarkers that can assess recurrence risk and predict benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy, endocrine therapy, and HER2-targeted therapy for individual patients.
  2. Evaluate data from recent adjuvant and neoadjuvant clinical trials in order to optimize and individualize treatment with cytotoxic, endocrine, or targeted agents for patients with early-stage breast cancer.
  3. Describe current expert guideline recommendations for the treatment of early-stage breast cancer.
  4. Discuss the impact of breast cancer subtype on the efficacy of adjuvant chemotherapy, endocrine therapy, or targeted therapy.
  5. Describe recent data on surgical and radiation therapy in defined patient subgroups in order to select the appropriate local control strategy for individual patients.


In compliance with ACCME guidelines, Physicians’ Education Resource, LLC (PER) is providing a list of the individuals in a position to control/influence the content of this CME activity and their relevant financial relationships with commercial interests (or absence thereof). PER has used a multi-step process to resolve all COI.

Relevant Financial Relationships With Commercial Interests

Kathy S. Albain, MD – Advisory Board Member: Genomic Health

Frankie Ann Holmes, MD – Advisory Board Member: Eisai Inc.; Speaker’s Bureau: Genentech

Stephen Jones, MD – Consultant: Genentech and Pfizer Inc; Speaker’s Bureau: Eisai Inc., Genentech, and Amgen

Joyce O’Shaughnessy, MD – Consultant: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Caris Diagnostics, Inc., Eisai Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson and Johnson, and Roche. Speaker’s Bureau: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene Corporation, Eisai Inc., and Genentech

Mark Robson, MD – Grant/Research Support: Abbott Pharmaceuticals; Consultant: Tesaro Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Pharmaceuticals

Debu Tripathy, MD – Consultant: Genentech

Andrew D. Seidman. MD – Consultant: Millenium, Genomic Health, Roche/Genentech; Speaker’s Bureau: Eisai Inc., Celgene Corporation, Genomic Health, and Roche/Genentech

No Relevant Financial Relationships With Commercial Interests

David M. Euhus, MD; Silvia C. Formenti, MD; Suzanne Fuqua, MD; Minetta Liu, MD; Eleftherios Mamounas, MD; Beth Overmoyer, MD; Andrea Richardson, MD; Ian Smith, MD; and Frank Vicini, MD, FACR.

The Staff of Physicians’ Education Resource, LLC – Susan Peck, PhD and Gregory Pynes.

The Staff of MCM Education – Joseph Kim, MD, and David Willard.

Credit Statements

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Physicians’ Education Resource and MCM Education. Physicians’ Education Resource is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

Physicians' Education Resource designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Commercial Support Statements

This activity is supported by educational grants from Genentech, Genomic Health, and Eisai Inc.


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This CME activity will discuss the investigational, unapproved, or off-label use of drugs, including but not limited to multiple assays for prediction of benefit node-positive breast cancer, lapatinib and pertuzumab inneoadjuvant and adjuvant settings, PARP inhibitors (veliparib, olaparib, rucaparib, and iniparib). Participants are advised to consult prescribing information for all products discussed. The information provided in this CME activity is for continuing medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options for a specific patient’s medical condition.

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