Perjeta (chemical name: pertuzumab) is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used in combination with Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab), another targeted therapy medicine, and Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel), a type of chemotherapy, to treat HER2-positive, metastatic breast cancer that hasn’t been treated with either Herceptin or chemotherapy yet. (Perjeta was called Omnitarg in earlier studies.)
Perjeta also is approved:
- to be used in combination with Herceptin and Taxotere before surgery to treat HER2-positive, early-stage (the cancer must be larger than 2 cm or cancer must be in the lymph nodes), inflammatory, or locally advanced-stage breast cancer with a high risk of metastasizing or becoming fatal
- to be used in combination with Herceptin and chemotherapy after surgery to treat HER2-positive, early-stage breast cancer with a high risk of recurrence
Doctors call treatments given before surgery neoadjuvant treatments and treatments given after surgery adjuvant treatments..
In this section you can learn more about:
- How Perjeta Works
- Will Perjeta Work for You?
- What to Expect When Taking Perjeta
- Perjeta Side Effects