21 November 2023
09:30 - 11:00 AM
Krembil Discovery Tower, 60 Leonard Avenue
William Tran (Sunnybrook)

Imaging Biomarkers in Breast Cancer

Abstract: Guidelines from the American National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recommend neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) to patients with locally advanced breast cancer (LABC) to downstage tumors before surgery.  However, only a small fraction (15-17%) of LABC patients achieve complete pathologic response (pCR), i.e. no residual tumor in the breast, after treatment.   Measuring tumor response during neoadjuvant chemotherapy can potentially help physicians adapt treatment thus, potentially improving the pCR rate.  

Recently, imaging biomarkers that are used to measure the tumor’s functional and biological features have been studied as pre-treatment markers for pCR or as an indicator for intra-treatment tumor response.  Also, imaging biomarkers have been the focus of intense research to characterize tumor heterogeneity as well as to advance our understanding of the principle mechanisms behind chemoresistance.  Advances in investigational radiology are moving rapidly to high-resolution imaging, capturing metabolic data, performing tissue characterization and statistical modelling of imaging biomarkers, with an endpoint of personalized medicine in breast cancer treatment.  In this seminar, we present studies within the framework of imaging biomarkers used to measure breast tumor response to chemotherapy.


Brief Bio: Dr. Tran completed a B.Sc. in Anatomy and Cell Biology and specialty training in radiotherapy at McGill University and McGill University Health Centre in Montreal. He completed a PhD in biomedical imaging and radiomics at Sheffield Hallam University (UK).   He returned to complete his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto.   He is a Senior Scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute, and Associate Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at University of Toronto. Dr. Tran also holds visiting professor status at the College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences at Sheffield Hallam University in the United Kingdom and is Adjunct Professor at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Dr. Tran’s research focuses on imaging biomarkers to improve breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.