Informed Therapy for Black Women with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Webcast


Sara A. Hurvitz, MD, FACP
Professor, Division of Hematology-Oncology
Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Co-Director, Santa Monica-UCLA Outpatient Oncology Practice
Director, Breast Oncology Program, Division of Hematology-Oncology
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Sara A. Hurvitz, MD, FACP

Sara A. Hurvitz, MD, is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Co-Director of the Santa Monica-UCLA Outpatient Oncology Practice, Medical Director of the Clinical Research Unit of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA, and Director of Breast Oncology. Dr. Hurvitz earned her MD from the University of Southern California. She served her internship and residency at UCLA, was Chief Resident of internal medicine, and completed a hematology-oncology fellowship at UCLA in 2006. Dr. Hurvitz is board certified in internal medicine, hematology, and medical oncology.

Dr. Hurvitz has received numerous awards over the past few years, among them the Marni Levine Memorial Breast Cancer Research Award from 2008 through 2015. She has an active clinical practice specializing in the treatment of women with breast cancer. She is involved in designing, implementing, and leading multiple national and international clinical trials testing new targeted therapies, and leads the preclinical evaluation of novel breast cancer targets in the Translation Oncology Research Laboratory at UCLA.

Rita Nanda, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Director, Breast Oncology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Rita Nanda, MD

Rita Nanda, MD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Breast Oncology at the University of Chicago. Dr. Nanda earned her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her Medical Degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. She subsequently completed her Residency in Internal Medicine and her Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Nanda’s research interests include identifying novel treatments for the management of breast cancer, particularly triple-negative disease. Dr. Nanda has authored numerous scientific publications and book chapters, including one of the first reports of immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy for triple-negative breast cancer.

She is a member of the Breast Immuno-Oncology (BIO) Taskforce of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Breast Cancer Steering Committee (BCSC) and serves as a Principal Investigator for the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium (TBCRC) and the ISPY2 Clinical Trial Network. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Association of Cancer Research, and the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer.

Dr. Nanda’s research has been funded by the NIH, the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. She was awarded the 2014 NCI Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award, and currently serves as the co-PI for the University of Chicago Interdisciplinary Cancer Health Disparities SPORE.

Kristen Whitaker, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Medical Oncology), Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC.
Kristen Whitaker, MD, MS

Dr. Whitaker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine (Medical Oncology) at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Whitaker’s practice focused on patients with breast cancer and patients at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Her research interests include cancer health disparities, cancer screening for high-risk women, hereditary breast cancer, and improved clinical trial enrollment of minority patients with cancer.

She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania and MD from Drexel University College of Medicine.

Statement of Need

Black women are disparately affected by triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), experiencing higher mortality rates and poorer outcomes than White women, often due to screening delays leading to later-stage diagnoses. Lifting the barriers to access begins with addressing the social determinants of health and distrust of the health care system that prevent many Black women from seeking care. Outcomes improve when health care professionals (HCPs) understand these inequities and include Black women’s perspectives in treatment decisions. When HCPs integrate patient perspectives and preferences and use guideline-driven protocols, they lessen the inequities between Black and White women with TNBC. Engaging Black women throughout the process, from earlier screening to shared treatment decision-making to inclusion in clinical trials, HCPs can meet Black women where they are and move toward better outcomes.

In this CMEO Webcast, expert faculty will discuss the health inequities Black women with TNBC face, in screening, treatment, and outcomes, and how these disparities relate to the social determinants of health. In addition, they will present treatment protocols and guidelines, including the latest agents approved to treat TNBC, to help reduce these inequities. Lastly, faculty will outline how understanding the obstacles and barriers that Black women face can help inform better treatments and outcomes.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CME/CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Evaluate the changing landscape of treatment options for high-risk TNBC to inform therapy plans.
  • Recognize the disparate impact of TNBC in Black Women.
  • Engage to empower Black women regarding mammography screenings, treatment decisions, and participation in clinical trials.

Financial Support

Supported by an educational grant from Merck Sharpe & Dohme Corp.

Target Audience

Physicians, PAs, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists and clinical researchers specializing in oncology

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Dr. Hurvitz reports the following financial relationships:

Consultant/Advisory Board (Uncompensated): 4DPharma plc; Ambrx; Amgen Inc.; Artios Pharma; Arvinas; Biotheranostics; Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.; Dantari; Eli Lilly and Company; Genentech, Inc./Roche; Immunomedics; MacroGenics, Inc.; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; NKMAX Co., Ltd.; Pieris Pharmceuticals, Inc.; Pyxis Oncology; and Seagen Inc.

Grants (Paid to UCLA): Ambrx and Samumed, LLC

National/International Principal Investigator: Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.; Genentech, Inc./Roche; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; and Seagen Inc.

Research Support (Paid to Institution): Ambrx; Amgen Inc.; AstraZeneca; Arvinas; Bayer AG; CytomX Therapeutics, Inc.; Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.; Dignitana; Eli Lilly and Company; Genentech, Inc./Roche; Gilead Sciences, Inc.; GlaxoSmithKline; Immunomedics; MacroGenics, Inc.; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; OBI Pharma; Orinove Inc.; Pfizer Inc.; Phoenix Molecular Designs; Pieris Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Puma Biotechnology, Inc.; Radius Health, Inc.; Sanofi; Seattle Genetics, Inc./Seagen Inc.; and Zymeworks Inc.

Steering Committee: Lilly; Daiichi Sankyo, Inc./AstraZeneca; Genentech, Inc./Roche; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; and Sanofi

Dr Nanda reports the following financial relationships:

Advisory Board: AstraZeneca; BeyondSpring Inc.; Cardinal Health; Fujifilm; Immunomedics/Gilead Sciences, Inc.; Infinity. Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; iTeos Therapeutics; MacroGenics, Inc.; Merck & Co., Inc.; OBI Pharma; OncoSec Medical Incorporated; and Seagen Inc.

Research Support: Arvinas; AstraZeneca; Celgene Corporation; Corcept Therapeutics; Genentech, Inc./Roche; Immunomedics; Merck & Co., Inc.; OBI Pharma; Odonate Therapeutics, Inc.; OncoSec Medical Incorporated; Pfizer Inc.; Seattle Genetics, Inc.; and Taiho. Oncology, Inc.

Dr. Whitaker reports the following financial relationships:

Consultant: Novartis

Grants: The V Foundation for Cancer Research

Research Support: The V Foundation for Cancer Research and National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Other Financial or Material Support: Axis Medical Education and Total Health Conferencing

The following peer reviewer and CME Outfitters staff have no financial relationships to disclose:

  • Shirley Michelle Franks, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC (peer reviewer)
  • David Modrak, PhD (planning committee)
  • Kathleen Blake, PhD (planning committee)
  • Thomas Mitchell (planning committee)
  • Susan H. Yarbrough, CHCP (planning committee)
  • Sharon Tordoff (planning committee)

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Informed Therapy for Black Women with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Webcast
Event Date: 06/01/2022