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Roundup San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium 2020


The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) takes place annually in early December and has become the coveted event of the year! For 43 years, experts have been gathering to discuss and present state-of-the-art research in breast cancer. What once was a local one-day regional conference back in 1977 has expanded into a five-day international symposium attracting 8000+ physicians, researchers, surgical, gynecologic, and radiation oncology, as well as patient advocates from across 90+ countries.

From research presentations, poster sessions, networking, and advocacy, SABCS 2020, in it's virtual environment this year, did not let us down. In case you missed the flurry of #SABCS2020 going viral across twitter, this week's #FeatureFriday curates our key take-a-ways and hot topics from the conference.

Did you attend any of the sessions? What were your highlights and favorite sessions?

~SBC Editorial Team



“Although our analysis did not show any significant difference in terms of recurrences between anastrozole and tamoxifen, it really shows that an improved understanding of adverse-event profiles will help patients with hormone receptor–positive ductal carcinoma in situ to make an informed decision regarding their treatment,” said study presenter Ivana Sestak, PhD, Centre for Cancer Prevention, London, United Kingdom.


Recent years have seen calls for genetic testing for all patients with breast cancer, most notably from the American Society of Breast Surgeons, which issued guidelines in February of last year urging genetic testing with a multi-gene panel for every person diagnosed with breast cancer. Published research also has supported population-based screening among those diagnosed with the disease, while other research has urged caution for such an approach. According to Robson, since criteria for genetic testing was first established, some of the assumptions previously used to asses risk have since been debunked. Something Robson says has become evident in recent years is that family history criteria are somewhat insensitive for detecting pathogenic variants (PVs).


The "hottest" presentation at the upcoming 2020 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) coms from RxPONDER (abstract GS3-00), a major randomized clinical trial assessing use of a recurrence score among women with lymph node-positive, early-stage breast cancer to determine who might safely forgo chemotherapy. If the new trial sounds familiar, that's because it's a lot like the TAILORx trial, the results of which were first presented in 2018 and have changed practice in women with early-stage disease and no lymph node involvement. "This is the lymph-node positive TAILORx. It's extremely important," Kaklamani told Medscape Medical News, adding that both trials involved women with HR-positive, HER2-negative disease.


Can Mindfulness Meditation and Survivorship Education Help to Reduce Depression in Young Breast Cancer Survivors? About 20% of breast cancer cases occur in women younger than 50. Persistent depressive symptoms, lasting 2 weeks or more, are especially problematic in the target population. The results of this new study highlight how 6-week interventions can reduce depression in younger women treated for breast cancer, and in the case of mindfulness meditation, improve related symptoms such as fatigue and sleep disturbance.



Meditation Mondays:

Chakra Chanting with Gloria

Mondays at 10:00 a.m. ET 


Thursday Night Thrivers:

All Stages Support Group

Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. ET



Thursday Night Thrivers:

Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group

First and third Thursdays

of the month at 7:00 p.m. ET



Thursday Night Thrivers:

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Support Group

Second Thursday

of the month at 7:00 p.m. ET


The Caregiver Huddle

Third Tuesday

of the month at 7:00 p.m. ET


Tuesday Night Thrivers

Después de un Diagnóstico:

Grupo de Apoyo en Español

2do y Cuarto Martes de cada mes 

7:00 p.m. ET


Encourage and Empower

For Newly Diagnosed

September 10, 11:00 a.m. ET


Breast Cancer Book Club

The first Sunday of the month



July 19,  10:00 a.m. ET


Restorative Yoga:

Unearthing Opportunities

July 15 ,  5:30 p.m. ET


Reflect & Recharge

Expressive Writing

July 22,  6:00 p.m. ET


Art Therapy

August 5, 6:00 p.m. ET


Yoga Fitness with Chair Assist

August 13, 11:30 a.m. ET


Forest Bathing

August 13,  6:00 p.m. ET


Yoga Stretching for DIEP flap

August 20,  6:00 p.m. ET


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Upcoming Events


Surviving Breast Cancer provides breast cancer support, events, and webinars at no cost to you! Whether you are looking to gain more knowledge on a particular topic or meet up with other breast cancer survivors, we have something for everyone. 


Our standing appointment on Thursdays is for all stages. We also host specific breakout groups once a month for specific stages and subtypes such as Metastatic breast cancer, and Inflammatory Breast Cancer, etc. 


The Book Club meets the first Sunday of every month at 11 am ET. You are welcome to join each month or pick and choose your month based on your availability and the book we are reading. 


Through art, writing, and other creative modalities, we hold the power to manage our stress, make sense of our now, and relax into moments of stillness. 


Free, monthly, online classes in restorative yoga, yoga for breast cancer, and Zumba. 


Después de un Diagnóstico

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