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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 144-146

Trastuzumab: Is the new evidence revolutionary?


Department of Radiation Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, India

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Anusheel Munshi
Department of Radiation Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1482.27592

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A few years back, the survival benefit of trastuzumab in HER 2 positive breast cancer patients presenting with metastatic disease was proven in a randomized setting. Recently a number of randomized trials have reported their results in the adjuvant setting in HER 2 positive patients. These trials have been considered by some as a landmark in the evolution of breast cancer management. Although the data is encouraging, it need to be seen in a proper perspective keeping in mind the limitations and the side effects reported. This article stresses the use of Herceptin in carcinoma breast patients in adjuvant setting with a cautionary eye.


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