Sarah Sammons, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
Email address sarah.sammons@duke.edu

Education and Training

College/University
University of Delaware

Medical School
Sidney Kimmel Medical College - Thomas Jefferson University

Residency
University of Maryland

Career and Research Goals

My career focus is in the treatment of women with aggressive sub-types of breast cancer such as basal-like (triple negative) and ERBB-2 amplified. My current research goals are finding therapeutic strategies to target the ERBB family of receptors specifically EGFR and ERBB3 in basal-like breast cancer. I hope to characterize the role somatic ERBB3 mutations in primary and metastatic basal type breast cancer. I also have a special interest in early phase drug development and toxicity management.

Honors, awards and distinctions

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

Education and Training

  • Hematology-Oncology Fellowship, Duke University School of Medicine, 2015 - 2018
  • Internal Medicine Residency, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 2012 - 2015
  • M.D., Thomas Jefferson University, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, 2012

Publications

Prakash, Ipshita, N Ben Neely, Samantha M. Thomas, Sarah Sammons, Rachel C. Blitzblau, Gayle A. DiLalla, Terry Hyslop, et al. “Utilization of neoadjuvant chemotherapy in high-risk, node-negative early breast cancer.” Cancer Med 11, no. 4 (February 2022): 1099–1108. https://doi.org/10.1002/cam4.4517.

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34989142
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Marks, Caitlin E., Samantha M. Thomas, Oluwadamilola M. Fayanju, Gayle DiLalla, Sarah Sammons, E Shelley Hwang, and Jennifer K. Plichta. “Metastatic breast cancer: Who benefits from surgery?” Am J Surg 223, no. 1 (January 2022): 81–93. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjsurg.2021.07.018.

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34325907
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Taskindoust, Mahsa, Samantha M. Thomas, Sarah L. Sammons, Oluwadamilola M. Fayanju, Gayle DiLalla, E Shelley Hwang, and Jennifer K. Plichta. “Survival Outcomes Among Patients with Metastatic Breast Cancer: Review of 47,000 Patients.” In Ann Surg Oncol, 28:7441–49, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1245/s10434-021-10227-3.

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34050430
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Fernandes, Louis E., Caroline G. Epstein, Alexandria M. Bobe, Joshua S. K. Bell, Martin C. Stumpe, Michael E. Salazar, Ameen A. Salahudeen, et al. “Real-world Evidence of Diagnostic Testing and Treatment Patterns in US Patients With Breast Cancer With Implications for Treatment Biomarkers From RNA Sequencing Data.” Clin Breast Cancer 21, no. 4 (August 2021): e340–61. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clbc.2020.11.012.

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33446413
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Sammons, Sarah, Amanda E. D. Van Swearingen, and Carey K. Anders. “Receptor discordance in breast cancer brain metastases: when knowledge is power.” Neuro Oncol 22, no. 8 (August 17, 2020): 1060–61. https://doi.org/10.1093/neuonc/noaa131.

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32479604
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Andreano, Kaitlyn J., Jennifer G. Baker, Sunghee Park, Rachid Safi, Sandeep Artham, Steffi Oesterreich, Rinath Jeselsohn, et al. “The Dysregulated Pharmacology of Clinically Relevant ESR1 Mutants is Normalized by Ligand-activated WT Receptor.” Mol Cancer Ther 19, no. 7 (July 2020): 1395–1405. https://doi.org/10.1158/1535-7163.MCT-19-1148.

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32381587
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Sammons, Sarah, Mina S. Sedrak, and Gretchen G. Kimmick. “The Evolving Complexity of Treating Hormone Receptor-Positive, Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor-2 (HER2)-Negative Breast Cancer: Special Considerations in Older Breast Cancer Patients-Part I: Early-Stage Disease.” Drugs Aging 37, no. 5 (May 2020): 331–48. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40266-020-00748-z.

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32100240
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Hill, Addie, Eutiquio Gutierrez, Jennifer Liu, Sarah Sammons, Gretchen Kimmick, and Mina S. Sedrak. “The Evolving Complexity of Treating Hormone Receptor-Positive, Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor-2 (HER2)-Negative Breast Cancer: Special Considerations in Older Breast Cancer Patients-Part II: Metastatic Disease.” Drugs Aging 37, no. 5 (May 2020): 349–58. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40266-020-00758-x.

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32227289
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Sammons, Sarah, Mythili Shastry, Susan Dent, Carey Anders, and Erika Hamilton. “Practical Treatment Strategies and Future Directions After Progression While Receiving CDK4/6 Inhibition and Endocrine Therapy in Advanced HR+/HER2- Breast Cancer.” Clin Breast Cancer 20, no. 1 (February 2020): 1–11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clbc.2019.06.017.

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31780379
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