What is longterm prognosis for grade 3, stage 1b, triple positive breast cancer, double mastectomy and 6 treatments of TCH with one year of herceptin, (trastuzumab)?

Better now. Exact prognosis is not possible, but your oncologist should discuss your prognosis with based on population statistics, such as Adjuvant! Online, or better still, your Oncotype Dx score based on the gene profile of your cancer.

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55-y breast cancer after mastectomy with multiple liver spread, HER-2 (3+) and EGFR (+). 8 cycles of TH chemo, liver mass shrink then regrow, and now on oral capecitabine + Trastuzumab for 2 weeks, no improvement. Please suggest treatment.

MGT. I hope that you will seek a second opinion from a Cancer Center. There are treatment options, and finding the combination of therapeutic agents can sometimes be determined by lab testing. Read more...
Impossible as each- -case is different & only Your oncologist who is familiar with your situation can help you. This is the wrong venue for such questions. Read more...

How long does 18 infusions of herceptin (trastuzumab) cover you for breast cancer grade 3 her+3 stage 1?

life-long. Herceptin (trastuzumab) is a targeted therapy used to treat her-2 positive breast cancers. It is usually given together with 4 or 6 cycles of chemotherapy, then continued every 3 weeks for a full year. The treatment reduces the likelihood of a recurrent cancer, with the hope that the effect will be life-long. Read more...
Hopefully forever. In the us, the studies of Herceptin (trastuzumab) looked at a full year of treatment for patients with curable breast cancer. Herceptin (trastuzumab) is given every three weeks for 17 doses. But why a year? It was chosen at random. In finland, a similar study gave only 9 weeks of herceptin (trastuzumab)... And patients did just as well! so, after a year (or less) you are considered cured. You don't need more! Read more...

What are financial implications of using herceptin (trastuzumab) as a breast cancer treatment?

? I have never had an issue of trastuzumab (herceptin) coverage in appropriate patients. Individual co-pays are based on each patients insurance. There may be a benefit of trastuzumab in 0/low expression breast cancer that is the subject of a cooperative group clinical trial -- nsabp b-47 - clinicaltrials.Gov id: nct01275677. Read more...
Depends . Herceptin (trastuzumab) is a very expensive drug so the total cost of treatment will be obviously higher. That said, it is a good drug and most insurances will cover its use in the appropriate setting. Best regards. Read more...
Good question. Herceptin (trastuzumab) is very effective for breast cancers that overexpress the her2/neu receptor. But as you point out it is very expensive. The financial implications are huge for the us healthcare system. Studies done outside the us show that far less than 1 year of Herceptin (trastuzumab) may be enough for treating early stage breast cancer, but studies done in the us don't look at how to make treatments less costly. Read more...

Is it common for people who are using herceptin (trastuzumab) as a breast cancer treatment to have raised liver blood test readings?

Herceptin (trastuzumab) toxicity. Liver toxicity is not a common side effect of treatment with herceptin (trastuzumab). It does happen, but more frequent causes of abnormal liver tests might be other chemo drugs given with herceptin (trastuzumab). Read more...
Not usually. Herceptin (trastuzumab) is a pretty safe drug. As far as i know it does not affect liver functions. But many other drugs including chemotherapy can increase the liver enzymes. You should ask you oncologist to confirm it with the drug manufacturer or from a drug information source. Read more...

If I wanted to get HER-2 treatment (Herceptin) for stage-1 breast cancer in the SF Bay Area WITHOUT insurance (while still paying) where would be reasonably priced place to go for this treatment?

County hospital. Your best bet is on the County hospital in your area code. Read more...
HER-2 RX. Go to the University of San Fransisco Medical Center: they will have expert physicians to advise you, and most university hospitals can arrange payment plans which fit your budget. It is very important to have expert advise for any form of breast cancer to have the very best chance for long term survival, so do not delay. Read more...

If I wanted to get HER-2 treatment (Herceptin) for stage-1 breast cancer in the SF Bay Area WITHOUT insurance, where would be reasonably priced places to go? (for my mother in law who lives in china)

Heath dept. and state run universities might be one option. but ... free treatment for an expensive treatment for a non-US citizen is going to be tough one. good luck. Read more...
Additional resources. Local hospitals as well as county and state facilities will support people without insurance for the treatment of cancer. Please see additional evaluation and recommendation for your condition. God bless made things go well. Read more...

Stage 3 breast cancer her2 positive how many herceptin (trastuzumab) cycle she must undergo?

Up to 1 year's worth. Herceptin (trastuzumab) can be given together with initial chemotherapy for the first 4-6 months then subsequently by itself for a total of 1 year. If chemotherapy was given first without Herceptin (trastuzumab) then Herceptin (trastuzumab) can be given for a full year by itself. The usual cycle runs every 3 weeks (17-18 cycles in one full year). Read more...
1 year. The standard of care for stage 1, 2, 3 breast cancer is a year of herceptin (trastuzumab). It is probably the most important drug in her 2 positive breast cancer! Read more...

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...