PIK3CA

During the meeting, researchers presented studies on combination immunotherapies and the efficacy of giving molecularly-informed treatments earlier in the disease continuum.

Based on the results of the SANDPIPER study in advanced, PIK3CA-mutated breast cancer, Genentech has decided not to advance development of the PI3 kinase inhibitor taselisib.

Amid concerns about buparlisib's toxicity profile, a study suggests there might be a benefit for a subpopulation of patients with a more targeted PI3K inhibitor.

Early data presented at SABCS suggests that ER/PR-positive breast cancer patients could respond particularly well to Genentech's PI3 kinase inhibitor.

Originally published Dec. 12. SAN ANTONIO, TEX. – Fifteen years after it came on the market, Herceptin is still the poster child for personalized medicine, and when combined with chemotherapy it's still the standard of care for HER2-positive breast cancer.

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German molecular diagnostic services company Inostics is currently beta-testing its first assay kits featuring its BEAMing digital PCR technology, company officials said recently.

The patent application was filed by Montefiore Medical Center's Sanjay Goel and John Mariadason, who discovered the association between mutations in the PIK3CA and PTEN genes and a lack of response to EGFR inhibitors.

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NPR speaks with Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) about the US House of Representatives science committee.

A start-up company aiming to match cancer patients to treatments closes after about six weeks, Stat News reports.

In PLOS this week: somatic mutation associations unearthed in thousands of cancer exomes, pathogen detection assay, and more.