Studies on Herceptin without chemo?

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Question from MarianJ: I had HER-2/neu positive breast cancer. Had bi-lateral mastectomy. Don’t want the chemo that is apparently required in order to be treated w/Herceptin. Are there any studies going on administering Herceptin without chemo? I’d like the Herceptin, as it is a targeted medication just for my cancer...but without the chemo. Thank you.
Answers - Eric Winer, M.D. We do not know that Herceptin will help prevent a recurrence without chemotherapy and I am not aware of studies that use Herceptin without chemotherapy. I understand how you feel and why you may feel that way, but particularly if a woman is at moderate to high risk of recurrence and has HER2-positive breast cancer, she should very seriously consider taking a course of chemotherapy plus Herceptin.

On Wednesday, December 15, 2010, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Updates from the 2010 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Eric Winer, M.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions about the latest updates on breast cancer risk, screening, and treatment in early and metastatic breast cancer.

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