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What is the cancer drug pertuzumab, and what do doctors use it for?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
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In brief: Targeted cancer drug

Pertuzumab is a drug that targets cancer cells which carry a certain protein on their surface called her2.
It has been approved for treatment of metastatic breast cancer that is her2 overexpressing. You can think of her2 like a light switch that makes cancer cells grow. Pertuzumab blocks the switch from being turned on from the outside. Herceptin (trastuzumab) is a similar drug.

In brief: Targeted cancer drug

Pertuzumab is a drug that targets cancer cells which carry a certain protein on their surface called her2.
It has been approved for treatment of metastatic breast cancer that is her2 overexpressing. You can think of her2 like a light switch that makes cancer cells grow. Pertuzumab blocks the switch from being turned on from the outside. Herceptin (trastuzumab) is a similar drug.
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Breast Cancer

Pertuzumab is a monoclonal antibody approved for advanced breast.
It i first of its class in a line of agents called "her dimerization inhibitors". By binding to her2, it inhibits the dimerization of her2 with other her receptors. Pertuzumab received us fda approval for the treatment of her2-positive metastatic breast cancer in june 2012.

In brief: Breast Cancer

Pertuzumab is a monoclonal antibody approved for advanced breast.
It i first of its class in a line of agents called "her dimerization inhibitors". By binding to her2, it inhibits the dimerization of her2 with other her receptors. Pertuzumab received us fda approval for the treatment of her2-positive metastatic breast cancer in june 2012.
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