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Dr. Zahid Niazi
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Trastuzumab (Overview)

Trastuzumab is an antibody based agent which is a kind of immune system affecting drug.


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What are trastuzumab and herceptin?

What are trastuzumab and herceptin?

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 more

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Dr. Zahid Niazi
56 doctors shared insights

Trastuzumab (Overview)

Trastuzumab is an antibody based agent which is a kind of immune system affecting drug.


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Where can I buy herceptin(trastuzumab)?

Where can I buy herceptin(trastuzumab)?

Herceptin (trastuzumab) is : A medication that is typically given by an oncologist. Consult your doctor. ...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 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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What are trastuzumab and herceptin?

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 more

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How does herceptin (trastuzumab) work?

How does herceptin (trastuzumab) work?

Binds to tumor: Herceptin (trastuzumab) 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 (trastuzumab) binds to tumor cells. There are many theories, but we know immune cells are necessary for it to work. ...Read more

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Where can I buy herceptin(trastuzumab)?

Herceptin (trastuzumab) is : A medication that is typically given by an oncologist. Consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Where can you get herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Herceptin (trastuzumab): Herceptin (trastuzumab) is a prescription medication that prescribed by a medical oncologist for breast cancers that are HER2/neu positive or HER2/neu amplified. It is administered intravenously and is not available over the counter. ...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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How exactly does herceptin (trastuzumab) work?

Blocks cell growth: Herceptin (trastuzumab) 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 (trastuzumab) 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 (trastuzumab). ...Read more

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Dr. James Krick
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Herceptin (Definition)

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