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"New Treatments Offer Hope For Some Breast Cancer Patients" - Meg Oliver

  • CBS News
  • New York, NY
  • (August 17, 2018)

Recent studies show more women in the U.S. are living with metastatic breast cancer, or breast cancer that has spread. And many are living longer thanks in part to new treatments being tested to try to beat the disease. Morgan Mitchell has four marathons under her belt, works at least 60 hours a week and travels for her job. She’s doing all of this while battling stage 4 breast cancer. Morgan’s doctor, Paula Klein, MD, associate professor of medicine, hematology and medical oncology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, suggested she enroll in a new clinical trial for metastatic breast cancer patients. The experimental treatment combines four different targeted drugs to try to stop cancer cells from growing and spreading. “This is the new way to treat cancer, precision medicine has a lot of different definitions, but clearly going after the unique biology of every cancer is the answer, the holy grail,” Dr. Klein noted. Mount Sinai is the first and only hospital offering the trial which allows patients to avoid chemotherapy and radiation.

- Paula Klein, MD, Associate Professor, Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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