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Less neuropathy: Unlike taxol, gemcitabine does not cause neuropathy. It can cause low platelets. It can also cause fluid retention. Also it is usually given 2 weeks on and 1 week off. Unlike taxol which typically is given weekly. That is about it in regards to the difference. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Biologic Therapy: Herceptin/trastuzumab is an antibody to a cell surface proteint coded for by the her2neu gene. Its present in some normal cells but in a subset of breast cancers (10-15%) there are multiple copies of the gene producing large amounts of the protein. The herceptin/trastuzumab antibody binds to that protein and reduces that aggressive nature of her2+cancer. It is usually given with chemo. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Thousands!: In the us, the cost of Herceptin depends on who gives it to you and what kind of insurance you have. Patient's bills are in the range of $2000 to over &7000 per treatment. Why the difference? Medicare limits how much the cost can be "marked up" from the purchase price, but other insurance companies aren't as strict. So... The cost is what the market will bear, sadly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Killing cancer cells: Herceptin is an antibody, which is the y-shaped green thing in the picture. It sticks to the her2 protein which is present on some breast cancers (and other cancers). Herceptin seems to help the body's immune cells "see" and attack the cancer cells. For women with her2 positive breast cancer, it decreases the risk of the cancer returning by almost 50%! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Binds to tumor: Herceptin is a man-made antibody that binds to cancer cells if they express the her2 receptor. It acts like "seasoning" for the immune system, attracting immune cells which kill the tumor cells. That's a simplistic explanation, because no one really understands what happens when Herceptin binds to tumor cells. There are many theories, but we know immune cells are necessary for it to work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blocks cell growth: Herceptin is a "monoclonal antibody". It is a protein that binds to receptors on breast cancer cells called her-2. Her-2 causes breast cancer cells to grow uncontrollably. When Herceptin binds to these cells, it slows their growth. However, not all breast cancer cells contain the her-2 receptors. Patients must be tested for the presence of her-2 receptors before they are started on herceptin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Overdose is rare: Herceptin is what is referred to as a monoclonal antibody that is used to treat some types of cancer(breast, stomach). It is typically administered by IV in a controlled setting so overdose is rare. Although cardiac issues may arise in 2-7% of patients who recieve this, it does not appear to be dose related. An "accidental overdose" has not been shown to be detrimental. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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