Drug halves tumor recurrence for women with a common breast cancer

(Amy Norton/ HealthDay Reporter) — For certain women with early stage breast cancer, a newer drug that combines an antibody with chemotherapy may cut the risk of disease recurrence in half, a new trial finds.

The study focused on nearly 1,500 women with early stage breast cancer that was HER2-positive — meaning it carries a protein that promotes cancer growth.

About one in every five breast cancers is HER2-positive.

All of the women in the new trial had undergone a standard treatment scenario. First, they received traditional chemotherapy and the drug Herceptin (trastuzumab) — an antibody that targets HER2-positive cancer cells. Then they had surgery to remove any remaining cancer. (…)

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