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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Trastuzumab (Definition)

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What are the risks with herceptin (trastuzumab) therapy?

What are the risks with herceptin (trastuzumab) therapy?

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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Is there any maintenance medicine aside from herceptin (trastuzumab) for her2 positive breast ca patient?

Nothing as good: I'm assuming you have completed chemotherapy and are now facing the year of herceptin (trastuzumab). I strongly encourage you to take it. Why? In the last decade, no treatment has decreased the risk of recurrence anywhere close to what Herceptin (trastuzumab) offers. Ask your doctor for your risk of recurrence with or without herceptin (trastuzumab). If cost is an issue, even 3 doses might be enough to make the difference! ...Read more

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What does herceptin (trastuzumab) do for breast cancer patients?

What does herceptin (trastuzumab) do for breast cancer patients?

Herceptin (trastuzumab) : Herceptin (trastuzumab) is one of targetted therapy that we can use to treat a her2 positive breast cancer. There are other her 2 receptor inhibitors out there- such as lapatinib, Pertuzumab and hopefully tdm1. It is able to stop the cancer from growing and ultimately cause death to cancer cells that have the her2 receptors. ...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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There's a white spot on my legs and arms and its itchy . Im a breast cancer patient taking up herceptin (trastuzumab) is there a connection ?What ointment could you

There's a white spot on my legs and arms and its itchy . Im a breast cancer patient taking up herceptin (trastuzumab) is there a connection ?What ointment could you

Should be seen: I suspect a superficial fungus but there's several other possibilities; if it has not responded to a topical antifungal such as tolnaftate after a few days, a physician's office visit is in order. ...Read more

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I have a light white spot on my arms and legs and its a little bit itchy. Im a breast cancer patient and presently taking up herceptin (trastuzumab) .Is this an allergy pr fungal?

I have a light white spot on my arms and legs  and its a little bit itchy. Im a breast cancer patient and presently taking up herceptin (trastuzumab) .Is this an allergy pr fungal?

Doctor can evaluate: Rashes are hard to describe in words, so a primary care doctor or a dermatologist can look at it and evaluate. A light colored spot that is a bit itchy could be just eczema (a dry spot of sensitive skin that gets a bit itchy, a bit flaky, a bit crackly, etc...). It could be fungal, such as tinea versicolor (but that usually is a bunch of spots). Other rashes are possible, so an exam will help. ...Read more

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At 42 yr diagnosis her2 pos br ca , triple pos , node neg . 7 yrs ago . Treatment : bilat mass, chemo, herceptin (trastuzumab) \oop . 6 yr a.I. Should i stay on a.I ?

At 42 yr diagnosis her2 pos br ca , triple pos , node neg . 7 yrs ago . Treatment : bilat mass, chemo, herceptin (trastuzumab) \oop .  6 yr a.I.  Should i stay on a.I  ?

More info/maybe: This would be easier to answer if the tumor size and grade wear provided. In general, studies in hormone positive breast cancer have shown an advantage to 10 years of tamoxifen over 5 years. Though this cannot be extrapolated to ais, which are considered more effective than tamoxifen, this may be the case. Knowing tumor size and grade would help with prognosis. ...Read more

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After undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, herceptin (trastuzumab) then hormonal treatment, how much more can my body tolerate?

After undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, herceptin (trastuzumab) then hormonal treatment, how much more can my body tolerate?

You can do it!: Stick with it--her-2 positive breast cancer is highly treatable for cure! each component of treatment is helpful and improves outcomes. You can do it! ...Read more

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I finish my herceptin (trastuzumab) treatment in 20th november 2012 and will have IVF to have my frozen embryos replaced. When would be the earliest I can do this?

I finish my herceptin (trastuzumab) treatment in 20th november 2012 and will have IVF to have my frozen embryos replaced. When would be the earliest I can do this?

Depends: The timing of pregnancy after cancer treatment varies considerably. Please discuss this with your oncologist. In most cases you will need a period of time, sometimes years without cancer before proceeding with pregnancy. In some cases it may be safer to avoid pregnancy and use a gestational surrogate. Again, these are issues that you should discuss with your oncologist. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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