Why is Herceptin used only in advanced breast cancer?

Answer 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 »

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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 »

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

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 »

What are the Treatments for Advanced Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is a life-threatening disease that results from the occurrence of malignant cells forming in the breast tissue, according to the National Cancer Institute. There are a variety of trea... Read More »

Has my mother-in-law lied about how advanced her breast cancer is?

Lying is a harsh word! Protecting her family from a cold, hard truth is a better description of her actions. I think it is more than stage 1.. But yes, some women with stage 1 cancer decide to tack... Read More »