News ways to diagnose breast cancer

Dr. Elizabeth Comen, oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses advancements in treatment of metastatic breast cancer and more with “GMA.”
2:37 | 10/01/22

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EVA. >> YES, VERY COOL WORK, THANK YOU SO MUCH, MARYALICE. >>> JOINING US NOW WITH MORE IS DR. ELIZABETH COHEN, AN ONCOLOGIST. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US AND YOU'RE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE DOING THE VERY COOL WORK. WE'VE HEARD ABOUT PRESIDENT BIDEN'S BIG CANCER INITIATIVE. HOW DOES THAT AFFECT PEOPLE LIKE YOU THERE ON THE FRONT LINE? >> WELL, IT'S AN EXTRAORDINARY INITIATIVE WITH TWO CRITICAL GOALS, FIRST TO DECREASE THE NUMBER OF CANCER DEATHS BY 50% OVER THE NEXT 25 YEARS AND JUST AS IMPORTANTLY TO IMPROVE THE LIVES AND EXPERIENCES OF THOSE PATIENTS AND LOVED ONES SUFFERING FROM CANCER AND NOT JUST ABOUT DOCTORS ON THE FRONT LINES BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY PATIENTS, I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE, WE ALL WANT TO SEE THE END OF SUFFERING AS WE KNOW FROM CANCER TODAY. >> AND YOU'RE WEARING PINK TODAY. >> YES. >> OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. THERE'S ADVANCEMENTS IN BREAST CANCER TREATMENTS. TELL US ABOUT THOSE. >> ABSOLUTELY. IT'S BEEN SUCH AN EXCITING YEAR FOR BREAST CANCER TREATMENT. SO ONE OF THE MOST CHALLENGING TYPES OF CANCER TO TREAT IS METASTATIC BREAST CANCER WHICH MEANS BREAST CANCER CELLS THAT HAVE SPREAD FROM THE BREAST TO ANOTHER PART OF THE BODY LIKE THE LIVER OR THE BONE AND A NEW TREATMENT AND FDA APPROVED TREATMENT CALLED ENHERTU IS BEING USED TO IMPROVE SURVIVAL AFTER PATIENTS WITH A NEW CLASSIFICATION OF METASTATIC BREAST CANCER CALLED HER 2 LOW METASTATIC BREAST CANCER. FOR ANYBODY WATCHING, IF THEY OR THEIR LOVED ONE HAS IT, IT'S CRITICAL THEY ASK THEIR DOCTOR, DO I HAVE HER 2 LOW BREAST CANCER AND MIGHT THIS BE AN APPROPRIATE TREATMENT. >> SCREEN SOMETHING CRITICALLY IMPORTANT BUT IN THE PANDEMIC WE SAW THE NUMBERS DROP OVER 2 MILLION. WHAT DOES THAT STATISTIC SAY TO YOU? ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THAT? >> WOMEN MORE THAN CONCERNED. I'M TERRIFIED BY THAT FOR THE FOLLOWING REASON. WE KNOW THAT EARLY CANCER DETECTION AND WITH RESPECT TO BREAST CANCER WITH MAMMOGRAMS SAVES LIVES AND IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT SAVING LIVES BUT WHEN WE DETECT CANCERS EARLIER, THAT MEANS LESS INVASIVE TREATMENTS, LESS INVASIVE SURGERIES, LESS TOXIC THERAPIES SO ALL KNOW IT'S HARD TO REMEMBER TO SCHEDULE THINGS BUT NOW IS THE TIME TO KICK-START THAT AND IF YOU'RE DUE FOR YOUR MAMMOGRAM PLEASE GO AND GET IT AND TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR. >> WE HAVE A TINY BIT OF TIME LEFT. WHO SHOULD BE GETTING SCREENED. >> FOR THE AVERAGE RISK WOMAN YOU WANT TO START SCREENING AT AGE 40 WITH MAMMOGRAMS, ASK YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU HAVE DENSE BREASTS AND POTENTIALLY NEED ULTRASOUNDS AS WELL. IF YOU HAVE A FAMILY HISTORY OF BREAST CANCER OR KNOWN GENETIC MUTATION INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT YOU TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT STARTING SCREENING PERHAPS EARLIER THAN AGE 40. >> DR.

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