Targeted therapy in her2-positive metastatic breast cancer: a review of the literature

X. Zhu, S. Verma

Abstract


Breast tumours positive for her2 (human epidermal growth factor receptor 2) represent approximately 20% of all breast cancer cases and are associated with an aggressive natural history. The advent of targeted anti-her2 therapies has dramatically improved disease control and survival in patients with metastatic her2-positive breast cancer. Targeted agents are now considered the standard of care in the first-line setting and beyond.

The present review summarizes the currently available data on targeted anti-her2 therapies from completed randomized phase iii clinical trials and
briefly discusses emerging advances that will address unmet needs in metastatic her2-positive breast cancer.


Keywords


her2; metastatic breast cancer; targeted therapy; phase iii trials

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3747/co.22.2363






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