Side effects of herceptin (trastuzumab)?

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!
Mostly heart related. But it depends on pre existent heart problems, whether used alone or in combination with other drugs, and which drugs.

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Unpleasant side effects of herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Herceptin (trastuzumab) side effec. Please read here: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a699019.Html. Read more...
Heart failure. About 4% of women treated with Herceptin (trastuzumab) develop some weakness in their heart. This decrease in heart function is almost always 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...

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...
Infusion issues. Can cause allergic reactions, infusion issues, can damage the heart, can cause scar of the lung - depresses the immune system. Fever and chills nausea vomiting pain (in some cases at tumor sites) headache dizziness shortness of breath very low blood pressure rash lack of energy and strength. Read more...

What are side effects of low dose taxol with herceptin every week for 12 weeks I have stage 4 kidney disease and am concerned?

Yes, but... Has your stage-4 kidney disease occurred before or after Herceptin with low dose of taxol? Herceptin is known to have significant adverse effects on to the kidneys and Taxol is not. So, it is good idea to ask your treating doctor for the specific profile possibly fitting you since s/he knows more about you than anyone online and will monitor your kidney function while receiving Herceptin. Best.... 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...

What are the effects of herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Traztuzumab. Open this link: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a699019.Html. Read more...
Killing cancer cells. Herceptin (trastuzumab) is an antibody, which is the y-shaped green thing in the picture. It sticks to the her2 protein which is present on some breast cancers (and other cancers). Herceptin (trastuzumab) seems to help the body's immune cells "see" and attack the cancer cells. For women with her2 positive breast cancer, it decreases the risk of the cancer returning by almost 50%! Read more...

What are the effects of long term use of chemotherapy and herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Eventual failure. Long term chemotherapy eventaully fails. In breast cancer there is a long term response but no cure. In her3neu patients there is a 3 month improvement but adding drugs like Taxol (paclitaxel) increases response to at least 8 months. Read more...