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Mayo Clinic Researchers Say Triple Drug Combination is Promising Option to Treat Metastatic HER2+ Breast Cancer
Date:5/18/2009

regimen does not offer curative treatment, but it offers patients an improved quality of life compared to other commonly used regimens.

"It is very difficult to treat cancer that has spread, but we believe that combining treatments together is important to help shrink tumors that are rapidly growing," he says.

He adds that 80 percent of the patients who showed benefit had been treated with other chemotherapy drugs -- mostly anthracyclines and paclitaxel -- and at least half of the patients had used trastuzumab in the adjuvant or metastatic setting as well. "They still got a response to these combination of two chemotherapies plus the biological agent, and that is encouraging," he says.

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