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Drugs that target the HER2/neu protein

In some men with breast cancer, the cancer cells have too much of a growth-promoting protein known as HER2/neu (or just HER2) on their surface. Breast cancers with too much of this protein are called HER2 positive.

They tend to grow and spread more aggressively without special treatment. A number of drugs have been developed that target this protein. As with many of the other treatments for breast cancer, studies of these drugs included few, if any men, so using them in men is based on how well they work in women.

 

Trastuzumab-Herceptin

Ado-trastuzumab emtansine-TDM-1-Kadcyla

Pertuzumab-Perjeta

Lapatinib-Tykerb

Everolimus-Afinitor

 


Bone-directed therapy for breast cancer in men


 

Coping and support for male breast cancer

 


Related Topics

Benign breast conditions

General breast cancer terms

Types of breast cancer in men


References

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancerinmen/detailedguide/breast-cancer-in-men-what-is-breast-cancer-in-men

http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/types/male_bc

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/type/rare-cancers/rare-cancers-name/breast-cancer-in-men

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/male-breast-cancer/basics/coping-support/con-20025972


 

Oncologists, Breast Surgeons are the specialists who deal with the breast cancer

 

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