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Breast cancer

05 January 2007

Herceptin saving lives

Women who took Herceptin after surgery and chemotherapy for breast cancer had better survival odds after three years than women who didn't take the drug, a new study found.

Women who took Herceptin after surgery and chemotherapy for breast cancer had better survival odds after three years than women who didn't take the drug, a new study found.

Radically changed prognosis
An estimated 15 percent to 25 percent of breast cancers have abnormally high levels of the HER2/neu receptor and, as a result, are usually more aggressive. Herceptin (trastuzumab) blocks activity of the receptor by binding to the part of the receptor outside the cell. The drug has radically changed the prognosis for women with this type of breast cancer, especially when used in combination with chemotherapy. The drug is now standard therapy to reduce the risk of recurrence for those patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer and is even being used for earlier-stage disease.

Timing is everything
In the case of Herceptin, timing is apparently everything.


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Herceptin use expanded

 

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Dr Gudgeon qualified in Birmingham, England, in 1968. She has more than 40 years experience in oncology, and in 1994 she founded her practice, Cape Breast Care, where she treats benign and malignant breast cancers. Dr Boeddinghaus obtained her qualification at UCT Medical School in 1994 and her MRCP in London in 1998. She has worked extensively in the field of oncology and has a special interest in the hormonal management of breast cancer. She now works with Dr Gudgeon at Cape Breast Care. Read more.

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