How Well It Works
After HER-2 breast cancer is first treated, trastuzumab treatment lowers the risk of the cancer coming back (recurring). Taking trastuzumab after surgery and chemotherapy is an effective treatment and makes it more likely that a woman will stay cancer-free and live longer.
Trastuzumab is also used to treat HER-2-positive cancer that has recurred or spread (metastasized). It slows HER-2 tumor growth and reduces tumor size.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: June 28, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Douglas A. Stewart, MD - Medical Oncology