Articles

Molecular test algorithms for breast tumours

BJMO - volume 13, issue 2, march 2019

Ir A. Hébrant PhD, K. Punie MD, F.P. Duhoux MD, PhD, C. Colpaert MD, PhD, G. Floris MD, PhD, K. Lambein MD, PhD, P. Neven MD, PhD, M. Berlière MD, PhD, R. Salgado MD, PhD, M. Chintinne MD, PhD, K. Dahan MD, PhD, S. Dedeurwaerdere MD, J. De Grève MD, PhD, A. de Leener MD, PhD, H. Denys MD, PhD, R. de Putter MD, L. Desmyter PhD, M. Baldewijns MD, PhD, D. Feret MD, C. Fontaine MD, C. Galant MD, P. Hilbert PhD, J. Janssens MD, PhD, D. Larsimont MD, PhD, P. Lefesvre MD, PhD, T. Sticca PhD, M-D. Tkint de Roodenbeke MD, G. Van Den Eynden MD, PhD, I. Vanden Bempt PhD, C. Van den Broecke MD, I. Vandernoot MD, C. Sotiriou MD, PhD, J. van Dorpe MD, PhD, H.A. Poirel MD, PhD, E. Van Valckenborgh PhD, G. Raicevic PhD, M. Van den Bulcke PhD, P. Aftimos MD

SUMMARY

In order to advise the Federal Government on all matters related to personalised medicine in oncology, including the reimbursement of molecular tests, the Commission of Personalized Medicine (ComPerMed) has applied, for the breast tumours, the same methodology as previously applied for the digestive tumours. Meaning, the different molecular tests, represented in the shape of algorithms, are annotated with test levels — which aim to reflect their relevance based on current available data and to define the reimbursement — and are documented with recent literature, guidelines and a brief technical description.

(BELG J MED ONCOL 2019;13(2):40–45)

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Adjuvant endocrine therapy in pre- and perimenopausal women with breast cancer: practice guidelines

BJMO - volume 10, issue 3, may 2016

F.P. Duhoux MD, PhD, P. Neven MD, PhD, A. Awada MD, PhD, M. Berlière MD, PhD, H. Wildiers MD, PhD, H. Denys MD, PhD

Summary

Oestrogen receptor positive early invasive breast cancer is a common disease in pre- and perimenopausal women. Adjuvant endocrine therapy is an essential part of its treatment. Until recently, premenopausal patients were uniformly treated with tamoxifen during five years. Given the recent publication of large clinical trials showing a benefit for other treatment regimens, the BSMO Breast Cancer Task Force met on the 6th of March, 2015, to propose common guidelines for adjuvant endocrine therapy for premenopausal patients. The members agreed that low-risk patients should be treated with five to ten years of tamoxifen, while the highest-risk patients should be treated with exemestane or tamoxifen plus ovarian function suppression. Special attention should be given to patients less than 35 years at diagnosis: in this subgroup, exemestane plus ovarian function suppression is preferred to tamoxifen plus ovarian function suppression.

(BELG J MED ONCOL 2016;10(3):92–96)

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