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M. D. Anderson to hold first international conference on inflammatory breast cancer
Date:12/5/2008

nclear due to its common misdiagnosis.

Research presented at the conference will include an analysis of under-reporting of IBC; a potential new molecular target for prevention and treatment of metastases in IBC; and a new target for IBC treatment showing promise in preclinical phase. For example, one study presents a method that targets the epidermal growth factor receptor, a pathway that plays an important role in tumor growth, mortality and invasion of IBC and which is over expressed in 30 percent of IBC cases; another examines the use of vorinostat, a drug commonly used to treat cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, to treat the aggressive cases of IBC that recur on the skin with invasion into the dermal lymphatics.

M. D. Anderson has seen nearly 200 new cases of IBC in the last two years - more than any other institution in the country. In 2006, the institution unveiled the Morgan Welch Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Program and Clinic, the largest clinic in the world devoted to inflammatory breast cancer research and care. The clinic is composed of a dedicated group of 16 clinical and pre-clinical investigators spanning six divisions, including cancer medicine, diagnostic imaging, pathology/laboratory medicine, prevention, radiation oncology and surgery. Investigators have identified high-impact goals for clinical and pre-clinical studies, all focused on improved patient care through management and discovery.

"We are making great strides for women suffering from IBC," Cristofanilli says. "We are dedicated to disseminating research and information about the disease that will benefit women all over the world in terms of both diagnosis and treatment."


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Contact: Laura Sussman
lsussman@mdanderson.org
713-745-2457
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
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