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

Awareness

Read this NY Times piece featuring Nt’l Race Host Committee member Megan Neforos: click here

Research

The 2015-2016 Research Grants and Awards booklet is now available. For more information, click here.

Education

The next Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course is Sept. 12 in Duarte, Calif. For more information, click here.