Saturday, 6 October 2012

Herceptin duration

A few years ago when Herceptin (trastuzumab) was launched for the early stage of Her2+ breast cancer, the timing of treatment was fixed at one year. Why one year? No clue. Just a consensus figure decided by the oncology investigators.

At the European Oncology meeting held in the end of Sep 2012 - data from large studies were presented. The two main studies were comparing one year versus six months of Herceptin - this showed that probably one year is better than six months. The other study of one year versus two years showed that one is probably enough.

So the consensus a few years ago, was right. Twelve months is the magic figure (for now).

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