Herceptin and aromatase inhibitor?

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Question from Joan: When is a therapy combining Herceptin and an aromatase inhibitor (and which one?) indicated?
Answers - Andrew D. Seidman, M.D. The use of Herceptin and hormonal therapies in combination has not yet been tested in randomized clinical trials, unlike the situation of Herceptin and chemotherapy, where we clearly understand both the benefits and the risks of combination of chemotherapy agents and Herceptin. While laboratory data would lead us to suspect a benefit for the combination of Herceptin and aromatase inhibitors, it is hard to recommend this as a standard of care since we still await the results of definitive clinical trials to clarify the use of this strategy.
Jennifer Armstrong, M.D. Dr. Seidman, are you aware if these studies are ongoing at this time?
Andrew D. Seidman, M.D. The studies are ongoing. I'm not aware of how close to completion they are. I believe one trial was focused on the use of Femara (chemical name: letrozole) plus or minus Herceptin in patients with estrogen-receptor-positive and HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Targeted Therapies: What Is Right for You? featured Andrew Seidman, M.D. and moderator Jennifer Armstrong, M.D. answering your questions about different kinds of targeted therapies and how they work.

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