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What are the risks with herceptin (trastuzumab) therapy?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
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In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Aasim Sehbai
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Herceptin (trastuzumab)

Herceptin (trastuzumab) is an imp drug for breast cancer therapy.
It can cause infusion reaction, affect blood counts, mild nausea, most important risk is a decline in heart function called cardiomyopathy. This is rare though about 5-6% risk and usually is reversible but cardiac function will need to be monitored during Herceptin (trastuzumab) therapy by serial ultrasounds (or echocardiograms).

In brief: Herceptin (trastuzumab)

Herceptin (trastuzumab) is an imp drug for breast cancer therapy.
It can cause infusion reaction, affect blood counts, mild nausea, most important risk is a decline in heart function called cardiomyopathy. This is rare though about 5-6% risk and usually is reversible but cardiac function will need to be monitored during Herceptin (trastuzumab) therapy by serial ultrasounds (or echocardiograms).
Dr. Aasim Sehbai
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