What Treatments Can Patients with HER2-positive Breast Cancer Have?

Q:

What treatments can patients with HER2-positive breast cancer have?

A:

There are some treatments particular for HER2-positive breast cancers.

  • Herceptin (trastuzumab). It stops the cancer cells from receiving chemical signals so that the cells won’t grow.
  • Kadcyla (T-DM1 or ado-trastuzumab emtansine). It combines Herceptin and emtansine. Emtansine is carried by Herceptin to work against HER2-positive cancer cells.
  • Nerlynx (neratinib). It also works to stop cancer cells from receiving growth signals.
  • Perjeta (pertuzumab). It works against HER2-positive breast cancers by blocking the growth signals that are supposed to be received by the cancer cells.
  • Tykerb (lapatinib). It targets certain proteins to stop them from leading to uncontrolled cell growth.

 

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