Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Dramatic Gain in Breast Cancer Treatment Found

Liz Kowalczyk, New York Times Syndicate, Wednesday, October 19, 2005
"Cancer researchers published results Thursday showing one of the most dramatic advances in breast cancer treatment in decades. The data found that the drug Herceptin reduced by half the risk that women with a fast-growing type of tumor would experience a relapse...The success of Herceptin showed the promise of a new approach to cancer treatment, which identifies specific genetic mutations in different types of cancer and develops therapies targeted to patients with those mutations. The belief is that such targeted drugs will be more effective than broad therapies have been. 'The results are simply stunning,' a leading oncologist, Dr. Gabriel Hortobagyi."


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