Targeted Therapies

There are specific drugs able to attack specific abnormalities within breast cancer cells:

Trastuzumab (Herceptin) Some breast cancers have too much human growth factor 2 (HER2). This drug targets this protein that aids in the growth and survival of breast cancer cells.

Side Effects

  • Heart damage
  • Headaches
  • Skin rashes

Lapatinib (Tykerb) This drug is used for women with advanced metastatic breast cancer who already have tried trastuzumab but yet the cancer still progressed.

Side Effects

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Mouth sores
  • Skin rashes
  • Painful hands and feet

Bevacizumab (Avastin) In certain situations this drug can be recommended, it stops cancer cells from attracting new blood vessels to the cancer cell, which bring oxygen and nutrients to the tumor. This results in cancer cell death.

Side Effects

  • Fatigue
  • High blood pressure
  • Mouth sores
  • Skin rashes
  • Painful hands and feet

Spotlight

2015 National Race to End Women’s Cancer registration is now OPEN! Register early to reserve your team name. See you Nov. 8!

Awareness

Radiation side effects can cause their own symptoms and suffering. Cervical cancer survivor @tranetteiswrite reports on the issue in her new piece.

Research

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2014-2015 Research Grant and Prizes. View the PDF.

Education

The next Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course is May 8 in Orlando, FL. For more information, click here.