Focusing on the Future of Research and Technology

To answer the question of “what’s next for breast cancer patients?” Susan G. Komen is proud to present the Breast Cancer Breakthrough Series: a virtual, shareable educational series in partnership with industry experts, scientists from academic institutions and patient advocates who will directly speak to recent clinical research findings and new treatments. This series will focus on the new science and technologies that are close to becoming available to patients.  

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Latest Episode

Episode 7: Bringing Treatments to Life 
Premieres January 30, 2024 at 2 p.m. EST/1 p.m. CST

Breast cancers can change over time, which means researchers have to stay one step ahead of cancer to create options for patients. Join Dr. Donald McDonnell and Dr. Aditya Bardia on a journey of discovery, unveiling innovative strategies to identify and combat tumors that evolve throughout treatment due to their unique mutations.

Read a full synopsis of the episode on the Komen blog.

Download the Emerald Trial fact sheet.


Past Episodes

Episode 6: Highlights from SABCS 2023
Premieres Dec 21, 2023 at 2 p.m. EST/1 p.m. CST

In this episode of Breast Cancer Breakthroughs, hear from Komen researchers about the most exciting wins for patients presented at the 2023 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS). Advances in research change the way we treat breast cancer in the clinic, and many of these advances are announced at SABCS every year.

Read a full synopsis of the episode on the Komen blog.


Episode 5: Moving the Needle for HER2-Positive Breast Cancer
Premiered Oct 26, 2023 at 2 p.m. EST/1 p.m. CST

Since the discovery of HER2, an explosion of HER2-targeted therapies has dramatically improved outcomes for this aggressive type of breast cancer. We’ll hear from Dr. Ian Krop and Dr. Ciara O’Sullivan about how researchers are optimizing these treatments and about new clinical trials that are moving the needle for HER2-positive breast cancer.

Read a full synopsis of the episode on the Komen blog.

Find more information about the HER2CLIMB-05 trial.

Episode 4: Unmet Needs in Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Premiered Aug. 24, 2023 at 2 p.m. EST/1 p.m. CST

Patients with metastatic triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) desperately need more therapy options. In the next episode of Breast Cancer Breakthroughs, we’ll discuss the latest news and research impacting patients with metastatic TNBC. To discuss these exciting breakthroughs, we’ll hear from Dr. Lisa Carey, a world-renowned TNBC expert and Komen Scientific Advisory Board member, and Dr. Tiffany Traina, an oncologist researching an exciting new antibody drug conjugate for TNBC.

Read a full synopsis of the episode on the Komen blog.

Find more information about the TROPION-Breast02 trial.

Episode 3: Highlights from the 2023 ASCO Annual Meeting
Premiered June 29, 2023

The latest advances in breast cancer research were recently announced at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2023 Annual Meeting. We’ll highlight the most exciting results from the meeting, covering topics such as CDK4/6 inhibitors, a new antibody drug conjugate and personalized medicine. Hear from experts Erika Hamilton, M.D., and Sherene Loi, M.D., Ph.D., about how these breakthroughs from ASCO will impact patient care.

Read a full synopsis of the episode on the Komen blog.

Episode 2: Demystifying Treatment De-Escalation
Premiered April 25, 2023

Doctors treat breast cancer through a combination of surgery, radiation and pharmaceuticals, but are these grueling regimens necessary for all patients? Learn from experts Dr. Antonio Wolff and Dr. Daniel Stover about the latest breakthroughs in breast cancer research that are pinpointing which patients can safely avoid some treatments to effectively treat their cancer.

Read a full synopsis of the episode on the Komen Blog.

Episode 1: Highlight from the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium
Premiered Feb. 14, 2023

In this first installment of the Breast Cancer Breakthroughs series, Victoria Smart, Senior Vice President of Mission at Komen, joins Thelma Brown, a two-time breast cancer survivor and Komen Advocate in Science, and Dr. Sara Tolaney, Komen Scholar and oncologist, to discuss some of the exciting developments that came out of the 2022 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS).

Read a full synopsis of the episode on the Komen Blog.


About Breast Cancer Breakthroughs

Advances in research, technologies and clinical trial results are being announced at a record pace, but what does it mean for patients? Patients and caregivers need to be hopeful and informed about the developing breast cancer treatments of tomorrow. This series will shine a light on the exciting new treatments and technologies that are on the horizon for patients. 


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