Herceptin and Gemzar as a First Line of Treatment for Metastatic Breast Cancer?

Answer Trastuzumab (brand name Herceptin) and gemcitabine (brand name Gemzar) are both anticancer drugs sometimes used to treat breast cancer. Trastuzumab, however, is only effective against certain types... Read More »

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The Best Chemotherapy for Metastatic Breast Cancer Treatment?

Metastatic breast cancer is a term for breast cancer that has spread (metastasized) past the breast and associated lymph nodes to further areas of the body. Doctors determine the best chemotherapy ... Read More »

Why is Herceptin used only in advanced breast cancer?

The monoclonal antibody Herceptin (trastuzumab) treats a specific type of breast cancer. Herceptin blocks the action of HER2, a protein that stimulates cancer cell growth. Not all breast cancers ex... Read More »

Will breast cancer come back while on Herceptin?

On One Hand: Clinical Trials Show EffectivenessThe National Cancer Institute stated in 2005 that early-stage breast cancer patients overexpressing (making too much of) the HER-2 protein who receive... Read More »

What is metastatic breast cancer?

A tumor develops initially in one location, and then may spread to other parts of the body; this is called metastasis. Metastatic breast cancer is breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast an... Read More »