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Breakthrough Treatments for Fighting Breast Cancer Herceptin, Avastin, Femara and Lapatinib

January 25th 2006

Breakthrough Treatments for Fighting Breast Cancer  Herceptin, Avastin, Femara and Lapatinib

Avastin kills Cancer Cells

There are some exciting breakthroughs in the treatment of breast cancer.  Recently the FDA approved Femara for the treatment of early stage breast cancer.  It had already been used to treat the cancer in late stages of the disease.  Back in October an article in the New England Journal of Medicine described the drug Herceptin, and its effectiveness in treating a very aggressive form of the disease.

About 20 to 25 percent of the breast cancer cases are of the HER-2 variety and aggressively strike younger women.  The researchers found that the compound was able to reduce the reoccurrence of breast cancer in 46% of the women.

Recently ABC News had a segment on the new advances in fighting breast cancer.  The show mentioned Herceptin but also informed their viewers of a new drug that hopefully will be available soon called Lapatinib.  This experimental treatment may be better than Herceptin because it blocks two proteins in certain cancer cells, while Herceptin affects only one. 


According to the report, chief of the breast oncology center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston Dr. Eric Winer, said "What a drug like Lapatinib is doing once it's inside the cancer cell is putting on the brakes."

Other therapies are currently under clinical trial and will hopefully treat this and other forms of breast cancer.  Since there are several types of breast cancer, it is important to design specific treatments for specific cancers.


Avastin is another drug that may show promise for the treatment of breast cancer.  It has already prolonged the lives of patients with advanced colon cancer.  Avastin works by choking off the Blood supply of the tumors.  So far Avastin has shown promise in women who are newly diagnosed.

Researchers are looking for cures.  Dr. Kathy Miller at the Indiana University Medical Center told ABC "Our hope really is that in those early-stage patients this will prevent recurrences and ultimately cure more women of breast cancer."
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