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EMBRACA
EMBRACA

EMBRACA is a Phase III clinical trial investigating a potential new PARP inhibitor, talazoparib, and currently is enrolling patients with locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer, who carry a BRCA gene mutation. Visit www.embracastudy.com to learn more.

OlympiA
OlympiA

The OlympiA trial is the first major study to test a targeted therapy for people with BRCA mutation-associated breast cancer in the adjuvant setting (after surgery) for people with earlier-stage (stage 2 or stage 3) cancers.

Brocade3
Brocade3

Brocade3 is a research study evaluating the safety and effectiveness of an investigational medication in addition to treatment with chemotherapy for patients with metastatic or locally advanced BRCA associated, HER2-negative breast cancer. For more information, ask your doctor about the Brocade3 Study or visit www.Brocade3Study.com to see if you may qualify!

PRIMA
PRIMA

PRIMA will study whether niraparib (an investigational PARP inhibitor) works better than a placebo in maintenance therapy for women with ovarian, fallopian tube or peritoneal cancer, who have completed initial treatment and whose tumor is unable to fix damaged DNA.

QUADRA
QUADRA

A study for women with advanced, relapsed, high-grade serous epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer who have received at least 3 previous chemotherapy regimens (which may have included a PARP inhibitor).

ABOUT Patient Powered Research Network
ABOUT Patient Powered Research Network

The ABOUT Network is the first-ever patient-powered research registry created and governed by and for people affected by HBOC.

POLO - Pancreatic Cancer Study
POLO - Pancreatic Cancer Study

POLO is a research study asking the question does maintenance therapy with olaparib (a PARP inhibitor) benefit patients with pancreas cancer associated with mutation of the BRCA gene.

Basser Research Center for BRCA
Basser Research Center for BRCA

Research studies open to people with a BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 mutation from Basser Research Center for BRCA within Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center.

INFORM Study
INFORM Study

A study for newly-diagnosed breast cancer patients who carry a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation.

BRAVO
BRAVO

A study investigating the PARP inhibitor niraparib for women with previously treated HER2 negative, BRCA positive breast cancer.

EMBRACA EMBRACA

If you have locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer and carry a BRCA gene mutation, you may be eligible to participate in the Phase III EMBRACA clinical trial.

Talazoparib is being investigated as a potential type of anticancer drug called a PARP (poly ADP ribose polymerase) inhibitor. PARP is important for normal DNA repair, a process necessary for continued tumor growth. The ability of talazoparib to inhibit PARP activity and trap PARP at the site of DNA can prevent DNA repair, resulting in cancer cell death.

Talazoparib has shown anti-tumor activity in breast cancer patients who have certain types of alterations in their BRCA genes. The inhibition of DNA repair by PARP in patients who cannot repair DNA due to BRCA gene mutations has been shown to slow tumor growth and in some cases decrease tumor size. Talazoparib is an investigational agent for which safety and efficacy have not been established.

All study-related medication and care, including genetic testing for BRCA mutations, are provided at no cost.

To get started, please fill out a short questionnaire to help determine your eligibility and see if the EMBRACA clinical study may be right for you. To learn more about the trial, please visit www.embracastudy.com.

The EMBRACA clinical trial is sponsored by Medivation, Inc.

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OlympiA OlympiA

The OlympiA trial is the first major study to test a targeted therapy for people with BRCA mutation-associated breast cancer in the adjuvant setting (after surgery) for people with earlier-stage (stage 2 or stage 3) cancers. 

 

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Brocade3 Brocade3

Brocade3 is a research study evaluating the safety and effectiveness of an investigational medication in addition to treatment with chemotherapy for patients with metastatic or locally advanced BRCA associated, HER2-negative breast cancer. For more information, ask your doctor about the Brocade3 Study or visit www.Brocade3Study.com to see if you may qualify!

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PRIMA PRIMA

PRIMA will study whether niraparib (an investigational PARP inhibitor) works better than a placebo in maintenance therapy for women with ovarian, fallopian tube or peritoneal cancer, who have completed initial treatment and whose tumor is unable to fix damaged DNA. Participants will have completed at least 4 cycles of initial platinum-based chemotherapy and have tumors that are homologous recombination deficient (HRD) positive, which typically includes tumors in women with BRCA or other inherited mutations. 

 

 

 

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QUADRA QUADRA

QUADRA is a study for women with advanced, relapsed, high-grade serous epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer who have received at least 3 previous chemotherapy regimens (which may have included a PARP inhibitor). The study will evaluate the antitumor activity of niraparib (an oral PARP inhibitor).  Women with and without germline BRCA mutations can participate, and testing will be done as part of the study.   All participants will receive niraparib.  

For more information visit:

www.tesarobio.com or Clinicaltrials.gov

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ABOUT Patient Powered Research Network ABOUT Patient Powered Research Network

ABOUT is the first ever research registry created and governed byand for people affected by HBOC. The ABOUT Network is a "patient-powered" research registry and one of only 29 networks chosen for participation in the National Patient Centered Outcomes Research Network (known as PCORnet). Our goal is to enroll as many Americans with HBOC as possible into our research registry and to collect information and real world health care experiences that can be used along with information from medical records to improve care for people with HBOC.

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POLO - Pancreatic Cancer Study POLO - Pancreatic Cancer Study

POLO is a research study asking the question does maintenance therapy with olaparib (a PARP inhibitor) benefit  patients with  pancreas cancer associated with mutation of the BRCA gene whose tumor has not grown on an  initial platinum containing drug regimen but who would otherwise be now getting  a break or pause  in their chemotherapy.

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Basser Research Center for BRCA Basser Research Center for BRCA

Research studies open to people with a BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 mutation from Basser Research Center for BRCA within Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center. 

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INFORM Study INFORM Study

INFORM is a study for patients newly diagnosed with breast cancer who have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. The study is evaluating whether the chemotherapy drug cisplatin is better than currently used standard chemotherapy drugs (Cyclophosphamide/Doxorubicin) for treating patients with newly diagnosed breast cancer due to an inherited abnormality (mutation) in one of the breast cancer genes, BRCA1 or BRCA2. 

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BRAVO BRAVO

BRAVO is a trial for men and women who have HER2 negative, BRCA mutation positive (hereditary) breast cancer that has progressed after previous treatment. The study will look at how well niraparib (a PARP inhibitor) works compared with standard chemotherapy. Patients will be randomized 2 to 1 so that two patients will take niraparib and one will take their doctor’s choice of chemotherapy. Collaborators for this international trial include the Breast International Group (BIG) and the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC).

Visit clinicaltrials.gov at: http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01905592 or http://www.tesarobio.com


 

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With input from our Scientific Advisory Board, FORCE critically evaluates new research articles on topics of interest to our community and makes the science understandable and accessible to our community.

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The goal of the ABOUT network is to enroll as many Americans with HBOC risk as possible into our research registry and to collect information and real world health care experiences that can be used along with information from medical records to improve care for people with HBOC.

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