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Old 07-03-2021, 07:29 PM   #1
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Current and Future Management of HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer

An informative summary and up-to-date article! Should read the whole paper.


Current and Future Management of HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer

Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) is overexpressed and/or amplified in approximately 20% of breast cancers, conferring an aggressive tumor behavior but also an opportunity for targeted therapies. In the advanced setting, the prognosis of patients suffering from this disease has greatly improved after the introduction of new anti-HER2 drugs beyond trastuzumab. For most patients, a taxane combined with trastuzumab and pertuzumab in the first-line setting, followed by trastuzumab-emtansine in second line, should be considered the standard of care today. However, chemo-free anti-HER2 strategies in hormone receptor-positive, HER2-positive breast cancer could also be considered in selected patients. In the third-line setting and beyond, several emerging anti-HER2 therapies are becoming available, including tucatinib, fam-trastuzumab deruxtecan-nxki (DS-8201a), neratinib, and margetuximab-cmkb. In addition, new compounds and combinations are showing promising results in the late-line setting. The treatment landscape of HER2-positive advanced disease is evolving constantly, active drugs such as pertuzumab and trastuzumab-emtansine are moving to early-stage, many biomarkers, including quantification of HER2 itself, are being explored to improve patient selection, and patient populations with specific needs are emerging, such as those with brain metastasis. Here, we provide an overview of the current and future management of HER2-positive advanced breast cancer.
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