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Talazoparib for the Treatment of BRCA 1/2 Mutant Metastatic Breast Cancer


This phase II trial studies how well talazoparib works for the treatment of breast cancer with a BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 gene mutation that has spread to other places in the body (metastatic). Talazoparib is a study drug that inhibits (stops) the normal activity of certain proteins called poly (ADP-ribose) polymerases also called PARPs. PARPs are proteins that help repair deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) mutations. PARP inhibitors, such as talazoparib, can keep PARP from working, so tumor cells can't repair themselves, and they may stop growing. PARPs are needed to repair mistakes that can happen in DNA when cells divide. If the mistakes are not repaired, the defective cell will usually die and be replaced. Cells with mistakes in their DNA that do not die can become tumor cells. Tumor cells may be killed by a study drug, like talazoparib, that stops the normal activity of PARPs. Talazoparib may be effective in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations.
Abramson, Vandana

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