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Cristina Saura
CRISTINA SAURA

CRISTINA SAURA

Current positions

  • Principal Investigator, Breast Cancer & Melanoma Group, Vall d´Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO)
  • Head, Breast Cancer Program, Vall d´Hebron University Hospital (HUVH)

Academic Qualifications

  • Degree in Medicine and Surgery, 2002

Areas of Research

  • Breast cancer diagnosed during pregnancy
  • New forms and contents in HER2+ breast cancer
  • New targeted agents in breast cancer
  • Study of mechanisms of resistance to different treatments against breast cancer

Most relevant scientific publications

  • Cortés J, Saura C, Bellet M, Muñoz-Couselo E, Ramírez-Merino N, Calvo V,Pérez J, Vidal M. HER2 and hormone receptor-positive breast cancer--blocking the  right target. Nat Rev Clin Oncol. 2011 May;8(5):307-11.
  • Córdoba O, Llurba E, Saura C, Rubio I, Ferrer Q, Cortés J, Xercavins J. Multidisciplinary approach to breast cancer diagnosed during pregnancy: Maternal and neonatal outcomes. Breast 2013 Aug;22(4):515-9.
  • Dienstmann R, Serpico D, Rodon J, Saura C, Macarulla T, Elez E, Alsina M, Capdevila J, Perez-Garcia J, Sánchez-Ollé G, Aura C, Prudkin L, Landolfi S, Hernández-Losa J, Vivancos A, Tabernero J. Molecular profiling of patients with colorectal cancer and matched targeted therapy in phase I clinical trials. Mol Cancer Ther. 2012 Sep;11(9):2062-71. 
  • Rodón J, Saura C, Dienstmann R, Vivancos A, Ramón y Cajal S, Baselga J, Tabernero J. Molecular prescreening to select patient population in early clinical trials. Nat Rev Clin Oncol. 2012 Apr 3;9(6):359-66. 
  • Modi S, Saura C, Henderson C, Lin NU, Mahtani R, Goddard J, Rodenas E, Hudis C, O’Shaughnessy J, Baselga J.  A multicentric trial evaluatin retaspimycin HCL (IPI-504) plus trastuzumab in patients with advanced or metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2013 ;139 (1):107-13
  • Saura C, Tseng LM, Chan S, Chacko RT, Campone M, Manikhas A, Nag SM, Leichman CG, Dasappa L, Fasching PA, Hurtado de Mendoza F, Symmans WF, Liu D, Mukhopadhyay P, Horak C, Xing G, Pusztai L. Neoadjuvant doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide followed by ixabepilone or paclitaxel in early stage breast cancer and evaluation of βIII-tubulin expression as a predictive marker. Oncologist. 2013;18(7):787-94. 
  • Yan Y, Serra V, Prudkin L, Scaltriti M, Murli S, Rodríguez O, Guzman M, Sampath D, Nannini M, Xiao Y, Wagle MC, Wu JQ, Wongchenko M, Hampton G, Ramakrishnan V, Lackner MR, Saura C, Roda D, Cervantes A, Tabernero J, Patel P, Baselga J. Evaluation and clinical analyses of downstream targets of the Akt inhibitor GDC-0068. Clin Cancer Res. 2013  Dec 15;19(24):6976-86
  • Saura C, Bendell J, Jerusalem G, Su S, Ru Q, De Buck S, Mills D, Ruquet S, Bosch A, Urruticoechea A, Beck JT, Di Tomaso E, Sternberg DW, Massacesi C, Hirawat S, Dirix L, Baselga J. Phase Ib study of Buparlisib plus Trastuzumab in patients with HER2-positive advanced or metastatic breast cancer that has progressed on Trastuzumab-based therapy. Clin Cancer Res. 2014 Apr 1;20(7):1935-45.
  • Saura C, Garcia-Saenz JA, Xu B, Harb W, Moroose R, Pluard T, Cortés J, Kiger C, Germa C, Wang K, Martin M, Baselga J, Kim SB. Safety and efficacy of neratinib in combination with capecitabine in patients with metastatic human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-positive breast cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2014 Nov 10;32(32):3626-33
  • Tolaney S, Burris H, Gartner E, Mayer IA, Saura C, Maurer M, Ciruelos E, García AA, Campana F, Wu B, Xu Y, Jiang J, Winer E, Krop I. Phase I/II study of pilaralisib (SAR245408) in combination with trastuzumab or trastuzumab plus paclitaxel in trastuzumab-refractory HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2015 Jan;149(1)151-61.

All publications

  • Vilar E, Tabernero J, Casado E, Macarulla T, Ramos FJ, Martinelli E, Saura C. Lack of efficacy of streptozocin and doxorubicin in patients with advanced pancreatic endocrine tumors. Am J Clin Oncol. 2005 Aug;28(4):424.
  • Macarulla T, Ramos FJ, Capdevila J, Saura C, Tabernero J. Novel targets for anticancer treatment development in colorectal cancer. Clin Colorectal Cancer.2006 Nov;6(4):265-72.
  • Ramos FJ, Saura C, Macarulla T, Tabernero J. Estado actual del tratamiento con cetuximab tras recaída a otra terapia y nueva pauta de administración quincenal. Rev Cancer 2007. Vol 21, Supl 1, pp 21-24.
  • Macarulla T, Capdevila J, Ramos FJ, Saura C, Tabernero J. Tratamiento médico del adenocarcinoma de páncreas. Gastroenterología y hapatología continuada. Vol 6, nº4, pag 174-179. 
  • Capdevila J, Saura C, Macarulla T, Casado E, Ramos FJ, Tabernero J. Monoclonal antibodies in the treatment of advanced colorectal cancer. Eur J Surg Oncol. 2007 Dec;33 Suppl 2:S24-34. Review. 
  • Felip E, Rojo F, Reck M, Heller A, Klughammer B, Sala G, Cedres S, Peralta S, Maacke H, Foernzler D, Parera M, Möcks J, Saura C, Gatzemeier U, Baselga J.A Phase II Pharmacodynamic Study of Erlotinib in Patients with Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Previously Treated with Platinum-Based Chemotherapy. Clin Cancer Res. 2008 Jun 15;14(12):3867-74.
  • Vilar E, Scaltriti M, Balmaña J, Saura C, Guzman M, Arribas J, Baselga J, Tabernero J. Microsatellite instability due to hMLH1 deficiency is associated with increased cytotoxicity to irinotecan in human colorectal cancer cell lines. Br J Cancer. 2008 Nov 18;99(10):1607-12.
  • Cortes J, Saura C, Atzori F. Risk of venous thromboembolism with bevacizumab in cancer patients. JAMA. 2009 Apr 8;301(14):1434-5; author reply 1435-6
  • Diez O, Gutiérrez-Enríquez S, Mediano C, Masas M, Saura C, Gadea N, Balmaña. A novel de novo BRCA2 mutation of paternal origin identified in a Spanish woman with early onset bilateral breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2010: 121(1):221-5
  • Ciruelos EM, Cortés J, Cortés-Funes H, Mayordomo JI, Bermejo B, Ojeda B, García E, Rodríguez CA, Muñoz M, Gómez P, Manso L, Andrés R, Lluch A, Saura C, Mendiola C, Baselga J. Gemcitabine and capecitabine in previously anthracycline-treated metastatic breast cancer: a multicenter phase II study (SOLTI 0301 trial). Ann Oncol. 2010; 21(7): 1442-7
  • Cortés J, Saura C. Improving outcome by targeted delivery in Breast Cancer: A review of nabTM-paclitaxel (nanoparticle albumin-bound paclitaxel). EJC Supplements. Vol. 8, No. 1. January 2010. 
  • Cortés J, Saura C, Bellet M, Muñoz-Couselo E, Ramírez-Merino N, Calvo V,Pérez J, Vidal M. HER2 and hormone receptor-positive breast cancer--blocking the  right target. Nat Rev Clin Oncol. 2011 May;8(5):307-11.
  • Serrano C, Cortés J, De Mattos-Arruda L, Bellet M, Gómez P, Saura C, Pérez J, Vidal M, Muñoz-Couselo E, Carreras MJ, Sánchez-Ollé G, Tabernero J, Baselga J, Di Cosimo S. Trastuzumab-related cardiotoxicity in the elderly: a role for cardiovascular risk factors. Ann Oncol. 2012 Apr;23(4):897-902.
  • Oliveira M, Cortés J, Bellet M, Balmaña J, De Mattos-Arruda L, Gómez P, Muñoz E, Ortega V, Pérez J, Saura C, Vidal M, Rubio IT, Di Cosimo S. Management of the axilla in early breast cancer patients in the genomic era. Ann Oncol 2013 May;24(5):1163-70.
  • Córdoba O, Llurba E, Saura C, Rubio I, Ferrer Q, Cortés J, Xercavins J. Multidisciplinary approach to breast cancer diagnosed during pregnancy: Maternal and neonatal outcomes. Breast 2013 Aug;22(4):515-9.
  • Torrejón D, Oliveira M, Cortes J, Sanchez-Olle G, Gómez P, Bellet M, Saura C, Peg V, Rovira A, Di Cosimo S. Implication of breast cancer phenotype for patients with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis. Breast. 2013 Feb;22(1):19-23. 
  • Dienstmann R, Serpico D, Rodon J, Saura C, Macarulla T, Elez E, Alsina M, Capdevila J, Perez-Garcia J, Sánchez-Ollé G, Aura C, Prudkin L, Landolfi S, Hernández-Losa J, Vivancos A, Tabernero J. Molecular profiling of patients with colorectal cancer and matched targeted therapy in phase I clinical trials. Mol Cancer Ther. 2012 Sep;11(9):2062-71. 
  • Rodón J, Saura C, Dienstmann R, Vivancos A, Ramón y Cajal S, Baselga J, Tabernero J. Molecular prescreening to select patient population in early clinical trials. Nat Rev Clin Oncol. 2012 Apr 3;9(6):359-66. 
  • Cortes J, Calvo V, Ramírez-Merino N, O'Shaughnessy J, Brufsky A, Robert N, Vidal M, Muñoz E, Perez J, Dawood S, Saura C, Di Cosimo S, González-Martín A, Bellet M, Silva OE, Miles D, Llombart A, Baselga J. Adverse events risk associated with bevacizumab addition to breast cancer chemotherapy: a meta-analysis. Ann Oncol. 2012 May;23(5):1130-7. Review.
  • Horak CE, Pusztai L, Xing G, Trifan OC, Saura C, Tseng LM, Chan S, Welcher R, Liu D. Biomarker Analysis of Neoadjuvant Doxorubicin/Cyclophosphamide Followed by Ixabepilone or Paclitaxel in Early-stage Breast Cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2013 Mar. 15:19(6):1587-95.
  • Modi S, Saura C, Henderson C, Lin NU, Mahtani R, Goddard J, Rodenas E, Hudis C, O’Shaughnessy J, Baselga J.  A multicentric trial evaluatin retaspimycin HCL (IPI-504) plus trastuzumab in patients with advanced or metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2013 ,139 (1): 107-13
  • Saura C, Tseng LM, Chan S, Chacko RT, Campone M, Manikhas A, Nag SM, Leichman CG, Dasappa L, Fasching PA, Hurtado de Mendoza F, Symmans WF, Liu D, Mukhopadhyay P, Horak C, Xing G, Pusztai L. Neoadjuvant doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide followed by ixabepilone or paclitaxel in early stage breast cancer and evaluation of βIII-tubulin expression as a predictive marker. Oncologist. 2013;18(7):787-94. 
  • Yan Y, Serra V, Prudkin L, Scaltriti M, Murli S, Rodríguez O, Guzman M, Sampath D, Nannini M, Xiao Y, Wagle MC, Wu JQ, Wongchenko M, Hampton G, Ramakrishnan V, Lackner MR, Saura C, Roda D, Cervantes A, Tabernero J, Patel P, Baselga J. Evaluation and clinical analyses of downstream targets of the Akt inhibitor GDC-0068. Clin Cancer Res. 2013  Dec 15;19(24):6976-86
  • Saura C, Bendell J, Jerusalem G, Su S, Ru Q, De Buck S, Mills D, Ruquet S, Bosch A, Urruticoechea A, Beck JT, Di Tomaso E, Sternberg DW, Massacesi C, Hirawat S, Dirix L, Baselga J. Phase Ib study of Buparlisib plus Trastuzumab in patients with HER2-positive advanced or metastatic breast cancer that has progressed on Trastuzumab-based therapy. Clin Cancer Res. 2014 Apr 1;20(7):1935-45.
  • Balmaña J, Tung NM, Isakoff SJ, Graña B, Ryan PD, Saura C, Lowe ES, Frewer P, Winer E, Baselga J, Garber JE. Phase I trial of olaparib in combination with cisplatin for the treatment of patients with advanced breast, ovarian and other solid tumors. Ann Oncol. 2014 Aug;25(8):1656-63.
  • De Mattos-Arruda L, Weigelt B, Cortes J, Won HH, Ng CK, Nuciforo P, Bidard FC, Aura C, Saura C, Peg V, Piscuoglio S, Oliveira M, Smolders Y, Patel P, Norton L, Tabernero J, Berger MF, Seoane J, Reis-Filho JS. Capturing intra-tumor genetic heterogeneity by de novo mutation profiling of circulating cell-free tumor DNA: a proof-of-principle. Ann Oncol. 2014 Sep;25(9):1729-35.
  • Saura C, Garcia-Saenz JA, Xu B, Harb W, Moroose R, Pluard T, Cortés J, Kiger C, Germa C, Wang K, Martin M, Baselga J, Kim SB. Safety and efficacy of neratinib in combination with capecitabine in patients with metastatic human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-positive breast cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2014 Nov 10;32(32):3626-33. 
  • Tolaney S, Burris H, Gartner E, Mayer IA, Saura C, Maurer M, Ciruelos E, García AA, Campana F, Wu B, Xu Y, Jiang J, Winer E, Krop I. Phase I/II study of pilaralisib (SAR245408) in combination with trastuzumab or trastuzumab plus paclitaxel in trastuzumab-refractory HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2015 Jan;149(1)151-61.
  • Gavilá J, López-Tarruella S, Saura C, Muñoz M, Oliveira M, De la Cruz-Merino L, Morales S, Álvarez I, Virizuela JA, Martín M. SEOM Clinical guidelines in metastatic breast cancer 2015. Clin Transl Oncol 2015 Dec;17(12):946-55. doi: 10.1007/s12094-015-1476-7. Epub 2015 Dec 18.