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Old 08-08-2011, 06:22 PM   #1
Bonnie D
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Anyone have to stop Herceptin after 6 months

Hello. It's been awhile since I posted. My sister was diagnosed in October 2007 as Her2 positive. She had a double mastectomy (only needed single), aggressive chemo followed by 6 months of Herceptin. She had to stop because of heart issues.

There wasn't any lymph node involvement but because of being Her2, she chose the aggressive route on advise from doctor.

She is going on 4 years NED. I know she gets anxious at times because she never got a full year of the herceptin and because of this is fearful of recurrence. I hope to convey some positive stories. Can anyone help. I know at the time there wasn't enough research to say that getting 6 months of Herceptin was as effective of a year of it. Your thoughts?
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Old 08-09-2011, 12:46 PM   #2
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Re: Anyone have to stop Herceptin after 6 months

There was a study (FinHer?) done 4, 5 years ago showing 9 weeks of weekly Herceptin achieved 98% of the same effect of having Herceptin for one full year.

I had exactly the same procedure in June, 2007 with just 4 weekly Herceptin after 6 rounds (x 3 weeks) of TCH. And so far everything's fine breast cancer wise.
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Old 08-09-2011, 12:52 PM   #3
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Re: Anyone have to stop Herceptin after 6 months

Here's the link to the studies on shortened Herceptin administration:

http://www.womenshealthcouncil.org.n...Herceptin.html
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NICU 4.4 LB
Erythema Nodosum 85
Life-long Central Neurocytoma 4x5x6.5 cm 23 hrs 62090 semi-coma 10 d PT OT ST 30 d
3 Infertility tmts 99 > 3 u. fibroids > Pills
CN 3 GKRS 52301
IDC 1.2 cm Her2 +++ ER 5% R. Lmptmy SLNB+1 71703 6 FEC 33 R Tamoxifen
Recc IIB 2.5 cm Bi-L Mast 61407 2/9 nds PET
6 TCH Cellulitis - Lymphedema - compression sleeve & glove
H w x 4 MUGA 51 D, J 49 M
Diastasis recti
Tamoxifen B. scan
Irrtbl bowel 1'09
Colonoscopy 313
BRCA1 V1247I
hptc hemangioma
Vertigo
GI - > yogurt
hysterectomy/oophorectomy 011410
Exemestane 25 mg tab 102912 ~ 101016 stopped due to r. hip/l.thigh pain after long walk
DEXA 1/13
1-2016 lesions in liver largest 9mm & 1.3 cm onco. says not cancer.
3-11 Appendectomy - visually O.K., a lot of puss. Final path result - not cancer.
Start Vitamin D3 and Calcium supplement (600mg x2)
10-10 Stopped Exemestane due to r. hip/l.thigh pain OKed by Onco 11-08-2016

"I WANT TO BE AN OUTRAGEOUS OLD WOMAN WHO NEVER GETS CALLED AN OLD LADY. I WANT TO GET SHARP EDGED & EARTH COLORED, TILL I FADE AWAY FROM PURE JOY." Irene from Tampa

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Old 08-11-2011, 04:00 PM   #4
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Re: Anyone have to stop Herceptin after 6 months

The most recent on FinHer (notice it's for early stage):

Acta Oncol. 2011 Apr;50(3):344-52. Epub 2011 Feb 8.
Short-course adjuvant trastuzumab therapy in early stage breast cancer in Finland: cost-effectiveness and value of information analysis based on the 5-year follow-up results of the FinHer Trial.

Purmonen TT, Pänkäläinen E, Turunen JH, Asseburg C, Martikainen JA.
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University of Eastern Finland, School of Pharmacy, Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research Unit, Kuopio, Finland. Timo.Purmonen@uef.fi

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Trastuzumab is a standard treatment of HER2-positive early breast cancer in many countries, and it is usually given as a one year adjuvant treatment. However, its cost-effectiveness has not been assessed in Finland. The Finland Herceptin (FinHer) trial has compared a shorter 9-week treatment protocol against no trastuzumab with promising results. The aim of this study was to assess the potential cost-effectiveness of the 9-week treatment based on the recently published five-year follow-up results of the FinHer trial.
METHODS:

An evaluation model of breast cancer treatment was constructed using fitted survival estimates and a long-term Markov model. The cost-effectiveness of 9-week adjuvant treatment was assessed in a Finnish setting, compared to treatment without trastuzumab. The analysis was performed from a societal perspective, and a 3% discount rate was applied for future costs and outcomes. Value of information analysis was performed to estimate the potential value of further research.
RESULTS:

According to the probabilistic analysis, the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio was €12 000 per quality adjusted life year (QALY), and €9300 per life year gained (LYG), when comparing adjuvant trastuzumab therapy to standard treatment without trastuzumab. The modelled incremental outcomes for trastuzumab treatment were 0.66 QALY and 0.85 LYG for a lifetime perspective. Value of information analysis showed that additional research on treatment effects would be most valuable for reducing uncertainty in the adoption decision.
CONCLUSIONS:

Adjuvant 9-week trastuzumab is likely to be a cost-effective treatment in the Finnish setting. Results from an ongoing trial comparing adjuvant 9-week treatment with the 12-month treatment will play a key role in addressing the uncertainty related to the treatment effect and potential cost-effectiveness of these two treatment protocols.
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http://www.asco.org/ASCOv2/MultiMedi...=114&trackID=2

NICU 4.4 LB
Erythema Nodosum 85
Life-long Central Neurocytoma 4x5x6.5 cm 23 hrs 62090 semi-coma 10 d PT OT ST 30 d
3 Infertility tmts 99 > 3 u. fibroids > Pills
CN 3 GKRS 52301
IDC 1.2 cm Her2 +++ ER 5% R. Lmptmy SLNB+1 71703 6 FEC 33 R Tamoxifen
Recc IIB 2.5 cm Bi-L Mast 61407 2/9 nds PET
6 TCH Cellulitis - Lymphedema - compression sleeve & glove
H w x 4 MUGA 51 D, J 49 M
Diastasis recti
Tamoxifen B. scan
Irrtbl bowel 1'09
Colonoscopy 313
BRCA1 V1247I
hptc hemangioma
Vertigo
GI - > yogurt
hysterectomy/oophorectomy 011410
Exemestane 25 mg tab 102912 ~ 101016 stopped due to r. hip/l.thigh pain after long walk
DEXA 1/13
1-2016 lesions in liver largest 9mm & 1.3 cm onco. says not cancer.
3-11 Appendectomy - visually O.K., a lot of puss. Final path result - not cancer.
Start Vitamin D3 and Calcium supplement (600mg x2)
10-10 Stopped Exemestane due to r. hip/l.thigh pain OKed by Onco 11-08-2016

"I WANT TO BE AN OUTRAGEOUS OLD WOMAN WHO NEVER GETS CALLED AN OLD LADY. I WANT TO GET SHARP EDGED & EARTH COLORED, TILL I FADE AWAY FROM PURE JOY." Irene from Tampa

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Old 01-23-2012, 12:41 PM   #5
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Re: Anyone have to stop Herceptin after 6 months

Bonnie,
I was on Herceptin for a period of 2 years. You have to remember to check your heart every once in awhile if you are on this drug. Discuss this with your doctor too, if in doubt.
Also, the body does become resistant towards Herceptin after awhile. It is a fairly good drug, with mimimal side effects I found out.
Hang in there, never give up.
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