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What does herceptin (trastuzumab) do for breast cancer patients?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Herceptin (trastuzumab)

Herceptin (trastuzumab) is one of targetted therapy that we can use to treat a her2 positive breast cancer.
There are other her 2 receptor inhibitors out there- such as lapatinib, Pertuzumab and hopefully tdm1. It is able to stop the cancer from growing and ultimately cause death to cancer cells that have the her2 receptors.

In brief: Herceptin (trastuzumab)

Herceptin (trastuzumab) is one of targetted therapy that we can use to treat a her2 positive breast cancer.
There are other her 2 receptor inhibitors out there- such as lapatinib, Pertuzumab and hopefully tdm1. It is able to stop the cancer from growing and ultimately cause death to cancer cells that have the her2 receptors.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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In brief: See below

From a breast cancer web site: "herceptin is a protein that targets and binds to the her2 protein, found on the outer surface of 25 to 30% of breast cancer cells.
Herceptin (trastuzumab) interferes with the her2-positive tumor cells, preventing their growth, and causing them to die.".

In brief: See below

From a breast cancer web site: "herceptin is a protein that targets and binds to the her2 protein, found on the outer surface of 25 to 30% of breast cancer cells.
Herceptin (trastuzumab) interferes with the her2-positive tumor cells, preventing their growth, and causing them to die.".
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