Nurse Practitioners Weigh in on Data From the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

Loyda Braithwaite, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC, AOCNP; and Jamie Carroll, APRN, CNP, MSN, highlight presentations from the 2022 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium that will influence oncology nursing practice.

In this episode of The Vitals, we interview 2 nurse practitioners about their key takeaways from the 2022 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS).

“As time goes [on], we learn more,” says Loyda Braithwaite, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC, AOCN. Specifically, as more safety data with fam-trastuzumab deruxtecan-nxki (Enerhtu) comes to light, providers are getting a better idea of how to anticipate and handle potentially serious adverse events such as interstitial lung disease and left ventricular dysfunction. Braithwaite, who is an oncology nurse practitioner at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center in Madison, highlights exciting developments in HER2-positive breast cancer and for patients with metastatic disease, as well as the potential benefit of oral selective estrogen receptors degraders, throughout the discussion.

Moreover, according to Jamie Carroll, APRN, CNP, MSN, a nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, data presented at the meeting may change patient conversations in the adjuvant setting. Findings from the POSITIVE (NCT02308085) trial suggest that pausing adjuvant endocrine therapy may be safe for women with hormone receptor–positive breast cancer who wish to pursue pregnancy.

“It's a common discussion that we have and it’s helpful to know that the POSITIVE trial did not see that disrupting endocrine therapy impacted disease outcomes,” Carroll says. “That’s helpful for patients and providers to know that they’re not seeing an increase in recurrence when endocrine therapy is paused to achieve pregnancy.”

Interested in learning more from SABCS? Check out our coverage of the conference here.

We want to hear from you! Which data from SABCS do you think will be practice changing? Email lfischer@mjhlifesciences.com with your feedback.

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