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Breast Cancer Blog: Hercptin Gets Another Boost

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Dec 12, 2005

Hercptin Gets Another Boost

Hercptin Gets Another Boost
Herceptin is already recognized as a very promising drug in breast caner. It is used both in advanced breast cancer and early stage breast cancer. Recently it was shown that by giving herceptin for one year, early part in combination with chemotherapy and later alone, after breast cancer surgery, the risk of recurrence in early stage breast cancer could be reduced by 50 percent.

The main concern with the herceptin treatment is the heart muscle toxicity, inherent to herceptin, with about 5 to 10 percent of patients receiving herceptin developing heart muscle problems. This has triggered an FDA warning regarding the use of caution with this drug.

Herceptin is a wonderful drug, but it has to be handled with care. The recent San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) has given a boost to the drug, by demonstrating that, giving a shorter duration of herceptin can maintain benefits but minimizes toxicity to heart muscle. Shorter duration of herceptin would also drastically cut down the huge amount of dollar price tag associated with herceptin treatment.

This new research finding is from Finland researchers, who said that nine weeks of Herceptin instead of the usual year prevented recurrences and didn't raise the risk of heart failure.

They make a convincing case for using Herceptin earlier in breast cancer treatment, said Dr. Robert Carlson, a Stanford University breast cancer expert who had no role in the studies.

''The jury is in and the jury has a very strong verdict'' - that virtually all women whose tumors are the type targeted by Herceptin should get the drug, he said.

Sherin      


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Breast cancer
Every year, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Breast cancer ranks second as the leading cause of cancer deaths in American women. Until recently breast cancer topped the list of leading causes of cancer deaths in women, but lately lung cancer has claimed the top position. If skin cancer is excluded, breast cancer is the commonest cancer among American women.

Breast Cancer Blog: Hercptin Gets Another Boost

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