Real-world data back trastuzumab benefit

Even patients with HER2-positive breast cancer not completing treatment do well

New evidence of low recurrence rates among women with non-metastatic early breast cancer treated with trastuzumab is reassuring, say Australian researchers who have conducted the largest population-based study of outcomes among human epidermal growth factor 2-positive (HER2-positive) patients .

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Despite one-third of these patients not completing the standard full year of treatment with trastuzumab, survival outcomes were comparable to those in the landmark clinical trials that helped the drug get PBS listed in 2006, they said.