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October 16, 2012 • Volume 9 / Number 20


Treatment Options for HER2-Positive Breast Cancer Expand and Evolve

New results from three clinical trials highlight the evolving treatment options for women who have HER2-positive breast cancer. These cancers, which produce too much HER2 receptor protein, are a particularly aggressive form of the disease and account for approximately 20 percent of all breast cancer diagnoses. 

In one trial, researchers showed that the investigational drug T-DM1 improved overall survival in women with advanced HER2-positive disease who had been previously treated with the HER2-targeted drug trastuzumab (Herceptin) and taxane chemotherapy. These updated findings from the EMILIA trial appeared October 1 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read more > >




  • Notes

    • Director's Consumer Liaison Group to Meet Next Week
    • Meet NCI Experts at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting
    • NCI Reaches Facebook Milestone

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