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

Visit the Sisterhood of Survivorship page to read “Dena’s Story” — by a vulvar cancer survivor who has shared her story and wise words, and channeled her energy into her National Race to End Women’s Cancer team.

Awareness

The CDC recently announced that fewer than half of American children are given the HPV vaccination.

Research

As of the July 23 deadline, 55 research abstracts were submitted in hopes of receiving one of only 6 grants from the Foundation. This points to a need for more funding so that the Foundation may award grants to every deserving applicant.

Education

The Gynecologic Cancer Global Health Forum will be Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 in D.C.. For more information on educational events and courses, click here.