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How can targeted therapy help treat my stage II breast cancer?

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Targeted therapy is a newer treatment. In about 20% of women with breast cancer, too much of a protein known as HER2 makes the cancer spread quickly. Ado-trastuzumab emtansine (Kadcyla), lapatinib (Tykerb), neratinib (Nerlynx), pertuzumab (Perjeta), and trastuzumab (Herceptin) treats women with HER2-positive cancer. They stop this protein from making the cancer grow and can make some chemotherapy more effective. It’s often used in combination with chemotherapy.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “How is Breast Cancer Staged?” ”Breast cancer survival rates, by stage,” “Questions about chemotherapy,” “Targeted therapy for breast cancer.”

MedlinePlus: “Tamoxifen.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Guidelines for Patients."

National Breast Cancer Foundation: “Stage 2.”

National Cancer Institute: "Breast Cancer PDQ: Treatment, Health Professional Version," "Breast Cancer PDQ: Treatment, Patient Version," "Understanding Breast Cancer: A Guide for Patients," "What You Need to Know about Breast Cancer," “Adjuvant and Neoadjuvant Therapy for Breast Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “How is Breast Cancer Staged?” ”Breast cancer survival rates, by stage,” “Questions about chemotherapy,” “Targeted therapy for breast cancer.”

MedlinePlus: “Tamoxifen.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Guidelines for Patients."

National Breast Cancer Foundation: “Stage 2.”

National Cancer Institute: "Breast Cancer PDQ: Treatment, Health Professional Version," "Breast Cancer PDQ: Treatment, Patient Version," "Understanding Breast Cancer: A Guide for Patients," "What You Need to Know about Breast Cancer," “Adjuvant and Neoadjuvant Therapy for Breast Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 25, 2019

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