1 out of 10 Women Taking Breast Cancer Drug Herceptin Experience Heart Issues

June 10, 2014 5:42 PM

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1 out of 10 Women Taking Breast Cancer Drug Herceptin Experience Heart Issues

The breast cancer drug trastuzumba (Herceptin) has been found to cause heart issues in as many as one in 10 women taking the medication, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. While many of the cardiovascular problems are reversible following the end of treatment, some can be more dangerous than others.

The breast cancer drug Herceptin is used in breast cancers that tests positive for HER 2 (human epidermal growth factor receptor 2), which promotes the growth of cancerous cells. The drug works by killing the cells and boosting survival rates in patients, and is typically given to patients following...

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