Beginning with this year’s Clinical Research Workshop on Tuesday, December 6, the program features a robust schedule of “can’t miss” sessions covering some of the most anticipated topics in clinical science, said Aditya Bardia, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Attending Physician and Director of Breast Cancer Research at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
“Each year at SABCS, the Clinical Research Workshop focuses on various key elements involved in clinical research and sets the stage for all of the important clinical research findings that will be presented and discussed over the course of the meeting,” said Dr. Bardia, who will serve as moderator for the workshop.
Among the topics to be addressed in this year’s workshop, he said, is how the post-neoadjuvant/adjuvant setting can be leveraged to accelerate development of novel agents and improve outcomes of patients with localized breast cancer, particularly those who are at higher risk of recurrence.
The workshop will also include discussions on how to improve drug adherence in adjuvant clinical trials, statistical considerations related to the primary endpoint, and how to have a patient-centered approach in this setting.
Other sessions with a clinical science focus that Dr. Bardia is looking forward to include the Educational Session Predictive Value of Treatment Response and Residual Disease After Neoadjuvant Therapy on Tuesday, December 6, the new Clinical Controversies session on Wednesday, December 7, Molecular Tumor Board on Thursday, December 8, and the always-popular View from the Trenches – What Will You Do on Monday Morning session, which will be held on the evening of Friday, December 9.
“Patient benefit is the ultimate outcome, and the great thing about SABCS is that it reflects the entire journey in breast cancer research and care, from basic science breakthroughs all the way to the cutting-edge treatments and supportive care focused on improving outcomes and making a difference in the lives of patients with breast cancer,” Dr. Bardia said.
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