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Potent Experimental Drug Shown To Slow The Growth Of Breast And Prostate Cancer Tumors In Mice

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August 13, 2002
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In recent years, laboratory discoveries have led to the development of new drugs designed to target and attack cancer cells, leaving healthy ones intact. One key weapon in this arsenal of new therapies is called Herceptin, a drug that is currently used to treat breast cancer and works by targeting a specific protein that controls cell growth called HER-2/neu. But despite the drug's effectiveness, tumors shrink in only the small percentage of breast cancer patients whose cancer cells express an over-abundance of HER-2/neu.

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 12, 2002) – In recent years, laboratory discoveries have led to the development of new drugs designed to target and attack cancer cells, leaving healthy ones intact. One key weapon in this arsenal of new therapies is called Herceptin, a drug that is currently used to treat breast cancer and works by targeting a specific protein that controls cell growth called HER-2/neu. But despite the drug's effectiveness, tumors shrink in only the small percentage of breast cancer patients whose cancer cells express an over-abundance of HER-2/neu.


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Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. "Potent Experimental Drug Shown To Slow The Growth Of Breast And Prostate Cancer Tumors In Mice." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/08/020813072221.htm (accessed April 17, 2014).

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