According to a study published this week in The New England Journal of Medicine
, HER2-positive women can be effectively treated with Herceptin (trastuzumab injection) without the use of Adriamycin, a drug that raises the risk of permanent heart damage. Herceptin—a molecularly targeted drug that is designed for HER2-positive patients with early-stage breast cancer, who comprise about 20% to 25% of new breast cancer diagnoses each year—when combined with carboplatin and Taxotere as chemotherapy, appears to increase survival of patients who are at risk of developing a particularly aggressive form of the disease.
The study was sponsored by Sanofi-Aventis and Genentech and was funded in part by the Department of Defense, the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program, the US Army Medical Research and Development Command, the National Cancer Institute, the California Breast Cancer Research Program, and the Peter and Denise Wittich Family Project for Emerging Therapies in Breast Cancer.
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