10 December 2020

The RxPONDER trial results were presented this year at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium 2020. The study was investigating if some women with hormone positive, HER2 negative breast cancer could be spared adjuvant chemotherapy based on the recurrance score and lymph node involvement. The full press release can be found here

Dr Kotryna Temcinaite, Senior Research Communications Manager at Breast Cancer Now, said:

This exciting research could offer thousands more women with breast cancer the opportunity of avoiding the need to endure chemotherapy and its devastating, and often long-lasting, side effects by identifying who the treatment will benefit.

While chemotherapy has long been a necessary part of breast cancer treatment for many, this study suggests that a more tailored approach to the treatment could benefit even more patients than first thought.

This welcome research is another important step in the personalisation of breast cancer treatment to identify the kindest solution for each individual without increasing their chances of the disease coming back.

With tumour profiling tests including Oncotype DX already approved by NICE for use with a certain group of patients to guide them and their clinicians in decisions about whether they should have chemotherapy, we now look forward to seeing further results from this study to understand the long-term outcomes of omitting chemotherapy treatment for this additional group of women.

In the meantime, anyone worried about their breast cancer treatment can speak to our expert nurses by calling our free Helpline on 0808 800 6000.