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Side effects of herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Side effects of herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Heart failure: About 4% of women treated with Herceptin (trastuzumab) develop some weakness in their heart as measured by a muga test. This decrease in heart function is reversible when the drug is stopped. Other side effects of Herceptin (trastuzumab) can include allergic reaction, fatigue, headache and diarrhea. Most of my patients have no side effects! ...Read more

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Dr. John Landi
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Unpleasant side effects of herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Unpleasant side effects of herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Heart failure: About 4% of women treated with Herceptin (trastuzumab) develop some weakness in their heart. This decrease in heart function is almost always reversible when the drug is stopped. Other side effects of Herceptin (trastuzumab) can include allergic reaction, fatigue, headache and diarrhea. Most of my patients have no side effects! ...Read more

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What are some common side effects of herceptin (trastuzumab)?

What are some common side effects of herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Flu-like: Most people do pretty well with herceptin, (trastuzumab) especially after the first few doses. Flu-like symptoms are common and you may have issues with your blood counts. Your oncologist will monitor these. Uncommonly, Herceptin (trastuzumab) can lead to diminished heart function or irregular heart beats. Your oncologist will check your heart before treatment and continue to monitor. ...Read more

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Is having breathing problems while on herceptin (trastuzumab) due to breast cancer a normal side effect?

Is having breathing problems while on herceptin (trastuzumab) due to breast cancer a normal side effect?

Go to see oncologist: Breathing problem is not a normal side effect from herceptin (trastuzumab). Go to see your oncologist as soon as possible. Herceptin (trastuzumab) can affect your heart function and shortness of breath can be related to your heart condition. Other things like allergic reaction can happen-eventhough not common with herceptin (trastuzumab), also the cancer itself can give you the problem if it's causing fluid accumulation in the lung etc. ...Read more

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What are the effects of long term use of chemotherapy and herceptin (trastuzumab)?

What are the effects of long term use of chemotherapy and herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Eventual failure: Long term chemotherapy eventaully fails. In breast cancer there is a long term response but no cure. In her3neu patients there is a 3 month improvement but adding drugs like Taxol (paclitaxel) increases response to at least 8 months. ...Read more

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What are the effects of herceptin (trastuzumab)?

What are the effects of herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Killing cancer cells: Herceptin (trastuzumab) 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 (trastuzumab) 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 more

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What is the cost of herceptin (trastuzumab)?

What is the cost of herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Thousands!: In the us, the cost of Herceptin (trastuzumab) 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 more

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What is the effect of herceptin (trastuzumab) on tumor?

What is the effect of herceptin (trastuzumab) on tumor?

To kill cancer cells: Herceptin (trastuzumab)-or traztuzumab is an humanized antibody againsts her2neu receptor. This biological therapy is given to treat certain cancers that are positive for her2neu receptors on their cancer cells. Once the Herceptin (trastuzumab) binds the her2neu receptors on the cancer cells, it will supress cancer cells proliferation/growth that lead to cancer cells stasis and eventually will apoptosis/die. ...Read more

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Are there any pine derivatives in herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Not that I am aware.: Herceptin (trastuzumab) is a bio-engineered monoclonal antibody treatment for her2 positive breast cancer patients. There are no known pine derivatives in this medicine of which I am aware. Hope that this is helpful. ...Read more

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Dr. Julie Abbott
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