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June 4, 2006

Tykerb, A New Drug for Breast Cancer Patients

Women with advanced breast cancer soon may have another treatment option: A novel experimental drug delayed the growth of tumors nearly twice as long as standard chemotherapy did in patients who had stopped responding to Herceptin, doctors reported Saturday. (MSNBC)

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December 27, 2005

Herceptin is the Biggest Health News of the Year

One of the most exciting developments in cancer this year, experts say, was the news that certain patients with early-stage breast cancer can cut their risk of relapse in half by taking the drug Herceptin.

"Hands down, Herceptin is the biggest news of the year," says Linda Vahdat, head of the breast cancer program at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. (USA TODAY)

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December 9, 2005

Breast Cancer Drug Herceptin Halves Recurrence Risk

Calls for more women to be given the controversial breast cancer drug Herceptin were backed by further evidence of its effectiveness.

A new study showed that the drug reduces the risk of early stage aggressive breast cancer returning after treatment by up to 51%. (The Daily Mail)

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October 19, 2005

Herceptin for Breast Cancer

A drug that targets only diseased cells has proved astonishingly effective against an aggressive form of early breast cancer — a long-sought breakthrough that has doctors talking about curing thousands of women each year in this country alone. (USA Today)

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September 9, 2005

Femara After Tamoxifen Beneficial for Breast Cancer

Women with hormone-dependent breast cancer can reduce their chance of tumor recurrence by switching from one cancer-preventing drug to another after five years, researchers report. (

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August 5, 2005

Anastrozole More Effective Than Tamoxifen

A new drug, anastrozole, has been shown to be more successful than any previous treatment in preventing the recurrence of breast cancer ... A trial, published in The Lancet medical journal, found that it was more effective than tamoxifen, which for the past 20 years has been the standard treatment. (RedNova)

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June 9, 2005

Fish Oil Hope for Breast Cancer

A combination of the fatty oils found in fish and a commonly used anaesthetic may form the basis of effective new drugs to treat breast cancer. (BBC News)

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June 6, 2005

Docetaxel Increases Breast Cancer Survival

Breast cancer patients who take the drug docetaxel instead of the older medicine fluorouracil cut their risk of death by 30%, a new study has found. (LA Times)

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April 29, 2005

Herceptin and Breast Cancer Recurrence

Normally reserved federal health officials are using phrases like "major turning point" and "lifesaving" treatment to describe a drug that cuts the risk of breast cancer recurrence by half in women with particularly aggressive tumors. (WebMD)

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April 16, 2005

Avastin Effective Against Breast Cancer

The Genentech drug Avastin has been shown to be effective against breast cancer, marking yet another success for the medication, which now appears on its way to becoming the best-selling cancer drug yet. (NY Times)

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