Giacchetti Discusses the Convergence of Chronobiology and Oncologic Care in Breast Cancer

Dr Giacchetti discusses the findings from a study of patient-selected timing of the daily oral intake of adjuvant hormone therapy and everolimus in breast cancer and how this study highlights the need for further research combining the fields of chronobiology and oncology.

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In today’s episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with Sylvie Giacchetti, MD, a breast medical oncologist at St. Louis Hospital in Paris, France. She joined us to discuss a study of patient-selected timing of the daily oral intake of adjuvant hormone therapy and everolimus (Afinitor) that was presented at the 2022 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

The phase 3 UCBG-UNIRAD trial (NCT01805271) showed that the addition of everolimus to adjuvant hormone therapy did not improve 3-year disease-free survival rates in patients with high-risk early breast cancer. This study, though negative, prompted Giacchetti and colleagues to compile the times of day that patients elected to take the study drugs, the first step in a larger research effort to determine whether the timing of intake affects the agents’ efficacy or safety.

In our exclusive interview, Dr Giacchetti discussed the findings from this analysis of patient characteristics, the importance of considering circadian rhythms when recommending the times of day patients should receive certain agents, and how this analysis highlights the need for further research combining the fields of chronobiology and oncology.

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