Breast Cancer Treatments
(Also see Cancer / Treatments / Targeted Therapy)
Some breast cancer is HER2-positive, indicating the presence of a protein (HER2/neu) in cells that encourages cancer growth. Certain women with HER2-positive disease will be recommended for treatment to target that protein.
Drugs used as targeted therapies inhibit cancer growth or trigger the body’s immune system to attack cancer cells. There are targeted therapies for many cancers, including breast cancer. Inhibitor treatments block pathways that allow cancer to grow. Monoclonal antibodies create an immune response to cancer cells.
This process, sometimes called immunotherapy, can target and kill cancer cells or deliver other treatments, such as chemotherapy medicines.
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