Therapies Given to Women with Advanced Breast Cancer Equally Effective and Safe in Men, Studies Report

Therapies Given to Women with Advanced Breast Cancer Equally Effective and Safe in Men, Studies Report
Current therapies used to treat advanced breast cancer in women are also effective and safe for men with this disease, according to results of three different studies. These findings were detailed in scientific posters at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2018 Congress that took place Oct. 19–23 in Munich. About 1 percent of all breast cancer cases occur in men. But male patients are often excluded from clinical trials of breast cancer, and information regarding the effectiveness and safety of current therapies is scarce. Cancer therapy management in men is largely based on what is known and done in women. Researchers in France analyzed and compared the clinical data —  including treatment, response to treatment, and survival —  of men and women with metastatic breast cancer. Data were retrieved from the Epidemiological Strategy and Medical Economics Metastatic Breast Cancer (ESME MBC) platform, a national database that collects real-life information on patients newly diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Researchers included people who started treatment at 18 French Comprehensive Cancer Centers between January 2008 and December 2014. Final results were presented in the poster, “Management and outcome of metastatic breast cancer in men in the national multicenter observational ESME program.” Of the 16,701 evaluable patients, 149 (0.89%) were men. Men were slightly older (me
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