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How can lapatinib (Tykerb) help with treating HER2-positive breast cancer?

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Lapatinib (Tykerb) is an example of a small-molecule drug that you can take in a pill. Together with chemotherapy, it treats some advanced cases of HER2-positive breast cancer. Doctors often use it when other cancer medications haven't worked for someone.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society.

News release, FDA.

Novartis Oncology.

UpToDate: "Adjuvant medical therapy for HER2-positive breast cancer."

BreastCancer.org: "What to Expect When Taking Herceptin."

MedlinePlus: "Docetaxel Injection," "Paclitaxel Injection,"Trastuzumab: Drug information," "Pertuzumab: Drug information."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 16, 2020

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society.

News release, FDA.

Novartis Oncology.

UpToDate: "Adjuvant medical therapy for HER2-positive breast cancer."

BreastCancer.org: "What to Expect When Taking Herceptin."

MedlinePlus: "Docetaxel Injection," "Paclitaxel Injection,"Trastuzumab: Drug information," "Pertuzumab: Drug information."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 16, 2020

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