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What are financial implications of using herceptin (trastuzumab) as a breast cancer treatment?

What are financial implications of using herceptin (trastuzumab) as a breast cancer treatment?

?: I have never had an issue of trastuzumab (herceptin) coverage in appropriate patients. Individual co-pays are based on each patients insurance. There may be a benefit of trastuzumab in 0/low expression breast cancer that is the subject of a cooperative group clinical trial -- nsabp b-47 - clinicaltrials.Gov id: nct01275677. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Im a her2 breast cancer patient stage 3 . Due to financial constraint I finished 12 sessions of herceptin instead of 17 , is there any medicine I could take as a replacement of the herceptin ? I'm from the philippines and herceptin is very expensive.

Im a  her2 breast cancer patient stage 3 . Due to financial constraint I  finished 12 sessions of herceptin instead of 17 , is there any medicine I could take as a replacement of the herceptin ? I'm from the philippines and herceptin is very expensive.

Unlikely: There is not a less expensive substitute. The manufacturer might have some support programs, but I am not sure if it is available in your case. You still have gotten benefit from your treatment. Check with your oncologist to see if a support through genentech is available. ...Read more

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Can men develop breast cancer?

Can men develop breast cancer?

Yes: Breast cancer is much more rare in men than women, with a lifetime risk of app. 1:100, 000. Risk factors in men include a strong family history, gynecomastia, or high estrogen levels as sometimes seen in men with liver disease. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer cause fainting?

It can, indirectly.: If you just received the news of having breast cancer, the anxiety and stress associated with that can make your heart skip a beat and make you faint. Also, pain medication and chemotherapy regimens that patients with breast cancer sometimes receive can make one weak and dizzy. ...Read more

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Can you a teen get breast cancer?

Can you a teen  get breast cancer?

One In A Million: The incidence of breast cancer in teenagers is actually less than 1in a million. Benign breast lumps such as fibroadenomas are not uncommon, however. Regardless of age, any new lump warrants medical evaluation. ...Read more

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How fast can breast cancer spread?

How fast can breast cancer spread?

Variable: First and foremost, not all breast cancers spread: many are confined to the breast without any ability to travel to other organs. For those that 'spread', the growth rates vary between months to decades before they become detectable. Furthermore, chemotherapy may eradicate these cells that have spread, and they may never become evident. ...Read more

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How can a woman get breast cancer?

How can a woman get breast cancer?

I wish we knew!: We really don't know what causes breast cancer. We do know that women with a long exposure to estrogen are at a higher risk. If you started your period early, or never got pregnant, you have more estrogen exposure. But these are things you can't really change. However, alcohol intake is associated with breast cancer, so decrease how much you drink. And lower your body fat. And avoid bpa plastics. ...Read more

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How common is breast cancer in men?

How common is breast cancer in men?

1% of all breast ca: Male breast cancer is rare and accounts for 1% of all breast cancers. Men can present with a breast lump just as women. The treatments are similar to that for women. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Occurs when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. Often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more


Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Financial Assistance (Definition)

Financial assistance helps individuals who do not have insurance or need help with uncovered costs to pay for their health care. Certain government programs and nonprofit ...Read more