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Old 12-16-2012, 02:26 PM   #1
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How many total Herceptin Infusions?

Hey All,

I am noticing that different people are getting different amounts of Herceptin infusions. Some get it every 3 weeks for 1 year, for a total of 17 infusions. Others, like me, get it every week for 20 weeks, then every three weeks for the remainder of the year for a total of 30 infusions.

I have asked my onc but he said "different protocols of different facilities". I have looked online for info but Google isn't being my friend with this.

Does anyone know why some folks get more total infusions then others? Is my onc's reasoning the correct one?

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April 20, 2012: Dx Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
April 25, 2012: ER+(5%), PR-, HER2+++
May 10, 2012: BRCA 1,2 Negative
May 23, 2012: MUGA Scan EF 70%
May 31, 2012: B/L Mastectomy. 2/2 nodes removed and CLEAR!! Power Port placed. 2 Drains. 2 Expanders placed
June 5, 2012: Drains OUT! Ahhhh..
June 12, 2012: Final Pathology Report, .8x.3cm tumor. Micromets to 1 node .35mm under cytokeratin staining. Stage 2A. Onc says "you are lucky to have found this early"
July 10, 2012: Started 6 rounds of TCH with weekly H
Sept 5, 2012: MUGA 65%
Sept 20, 2012: CAT scan of brain clear!
Oct 23, 2012: LAST TC! AMEN! Continue Herceptin every three weeks until July 2013.
Nov 19, 2012: Port out!
Dec 5, 2012: Started radiation
Dec. 10, 2012: MUGA 65%
Dec. 13, 2012: Turned 40. BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!
Jan 23, 2013: Last radiation. Told I am NED. Continue Herceptin every three weeks till July 2013.
Jan 29, 2013: Begin 5 years of Tamoxifen.
Feb 28, 2013: CT Scan with Contrast of lungs. 5mm and 4mm nodules of unknown origin. Rescan in 3 months.
Mar 6, 2013: EF 60%
May 8, 2013: Exanders out, implants implanted...abd. lipo and fat moved up. Girls are looking good!
June 3, 2013: CT Scan with Contrast of lungs. Previous nodules gone. New nodules (2mm and 3mm) found. Rescan in 3 months. So sorry I opened this can of worms...
June 11, 2013: EF 60%
June 25, 2013: Last Herceptin. wow...
Aug 20, 2013: Tumor markers within normal limits. Xray to sore left ribs shows no disease or fractures.
Sept 9, 2013: CT of lungs shows no disease. Closing this can of worms and moving on.
Nov 20, 2013: Tumor markers within normal limits. Severe Vit D deficiency, started on prescription Vit. D. Blaming chemo for this.
Feb 2014: Tumor markers within normal limits.
May 2014: Tumor markers within normal limits. Graduated to twice yearly onc appts.
Oct 2014: Tumor markers within normal limits.
May 2015: Tumor markers WNL. Bone density scan fine. Bone scan and xray of ribs shows "something" 4th right rib. Could be healed fracture but if it is healed why does it hurt?
Nov 2015: Tumor markers WNL. Follow up bone scan clear.
Feb 2016: Syncope! WTF? Dizzy too. Brain scan clear, ECHO EF 60%, Halter Monitor shows heart is fine. Viral? I will never know.
June 2016: Tumor markers WNL.
Oct 2016: Stabbing pain right eye. Long story short, trigeminal neuralgia.
Nov 2016 Brain MRI clear.
Jan 2017: Tumor markers WNL, still getting weird pain right rib area, and sometimes right upper chest. Xray x2, Bone Scan, Breast MRI all clear. Scar tissue? Rads. I may never know.
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Old 12-16-2012, 03:41 PM   #2
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Re: How many total Herceptin Infusions?

My plan was Herceptin every week with Taxotere and Carboplatin added every third week. Was supposed to do six of the TCH but ended up having some complications so only did 4. Then did Herceptin every three weeks for almost a year. Had some lung complications from radiation so my onc just stopped the Herceptin when that was diagnosed. Only missed the last 3. You can see from my signature below that I was Stage 1 with no nodes. Don't know if that has some bearing on the plan you get but would guess it does. Hope you hear from others with more info soon.
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:58 PM   #3
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Re: How many total Herceptin Infusions?

Standard for Herceptin is 52 weeks. I am assuming you are getting 10 triple (every 3 week) doses. So that equals 50 weeks. You could bring this up and have your onc give you one more triple dose and if he is uncomfortable with 53 weeks then ask for one more double dose for 52 weeks.
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4/05 started Tamoxifen
Started Herceptin 4 months after last Taxol due to
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:16 PM   #4
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Re: How many total Herceptin Infusions?

I'm not sure I understand your answer Becky...I will blame that on lingering chemo fog....

However, as far as I am aware, my first Herceptin was 6mg/kg, the following 19 (I had H infused weekly x20 weeks) were 4mg/kg. Then I had 2 weeks off and went in for 8mg/kg. This Tues. I will have my next H infusion and was told it would from here on be back to 4mg/kg.

Unless I have done my math wrong (which is so possible, I just found out while watching TV that I am not smarter then a 5th grader) I will have a total of 30 H infusions between the time it started and July 2013.

So...I guess I still don't understand...
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April 20, 2012: Dx Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
April 25, 2012: ER+(5%), PR-, HER2+++
May 10, 2012: BRCA 1,2 Negative
May 23, 2012: MUGA Scan EF 70%
May 31, 2012: B/L Mastectomy. 2/2 nodes removed and CLEAR!! Power Port placed. 2 Drains. 2 Expanders placed
June 5, 2012: Drains OUT! Ahhhh..
June 12, 2012: Final Pathology Report, .8x.3cm tumor. Micromets to 1 node .35mm under cytokeratin staining. Stage 2A. Onc says "you are lucky to have found this early"
July 10, 2012: Started 6 rounds of TCH with weekly H
Sept 5, 2012: MUGA 65%
Sept 20, 2012: CAT scan of brain clear!
Oct 23, 2012: LAST TC! AMEN! Continue Herceptin every three weeks until July 2013.
Nov 19, 2012: Port out!
Dec 5, 2012: Started radiation
Dec. 10, 2012: MUGA 65%
Dec. 13, 2012: Turned 40. BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!
Jan 23, 2013: Last radiation. Told I am NED. Continue Herceptin every three weeks till July 2013.
Jan 29, 2013: Begin 5 years of Tamoxifen.
Feb 28, 2013: CT Scan with Contrast of lungs. 5mm and 4mm nodules of unknown origin. Rescan in 3 months.
Mar 6, 2013: EF 60%
May 8, 2013: Exanders out, implants implanted...abd. lipo and fat moved up. Girls are looking good!
June 3, 2013: CT Scan with Contrast of lungs. Previous nodules gone. New nodules (2mm and 3mm) found. Rescan in 3 months. So sorry I opened this can of worms...
June 11, 2013: EF 60%
June 25, 2013: Last Herceptin. wow...
Aug 20, 2013: Tumor markers within normal limits. Xray to sore left ribs shows no disease or fractures.
Sept 9, 2013: CT of lungs shows no disease. Closing this can of worms and moving on.
Nov 20, 2013: Tumor markers within normal limits. Severe Vit D deficiency, started on prescription Vit. D. Blaming chemo for this.
Feb 2014: Tumor markers within normal limits.
May 2014: Tumor markers within normal limits. Graduated to twice yearly onc appts.
Oct 2014: Tumor markers within normal limits.
May 2015: Tumor markers WNL. Bone density scan fine. Bone scan and xray of ribs shows "something" 4th right rib. Could be healed fracture but if it is healed why does it hurt?
Nov 2015: Tumor markers WNL. Follow up bone scan clear.
Feb 2016: Syncope! WTF? Dizzy too. Brain scan clear, ECHO EF 60%, Halter Monitor shows heart is fine. Viral? I will never know.
June 2016: Tumor markers WNL.
Oct 2016: Stabbing pain right eye. Long story short, trigeminal neuralgia.
Nov 2016 Brain MRI clear.
Jan 2017: Tumor markers WNL, still getting weird pain right rib area, and sometimes right upper chest. Xray x2, Bone Scan, Breast MRI all clear. Scar tissue? Rads. I may never know.
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:57 PM   #5
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Re: How many total Herceptin Infusions?

I had herceptin every week for three years and just recently changed to Tykerb and Xeloda. I think it depends on the oncologist.
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:26 PM   #6
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Re: How many total Herceptin Infusions?

I had herceptin every third week along with my TCH for 6 cycles and then I had 11 more, every third week... for a total of 17.

I also asked my Oncologisy and I was told the same thing - different protocols of different facilities.
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:49 PM   #7
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Re: How many total Herceptin Infusions?

Basically, you need 52 weekly doses or 17 triple (every 3 week) doses.
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Found lump via BSE
Diagnosed 8/04 at age 45
1.9cm tumor, ER+PR-, Her2 3+(rt side)
2 micromets to sentinel node
Stage 2A
left 3mm DCIS - low grade ER+PR+Her2 neg
lumpectomies 9/7/04
4DD AC followed by 4 DD taxol
Used Leukine instead of Neulasta
35 rads on right side only
4/05 started Tamoxifen
Started Herceptin 4 months after last Taxol due to
trial results and 2005 ASCO meeting & recommendations
Oophorectomy 8/05
Started Arimidex 9/05
Finished Herceptin (16 months) 9/06
Arimidex Only
Prolia every 6 months for osteopenia

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Old 12-21-2012, 12:45 AM   #8
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Re: How many total Herceptin Infusions?

If your heart is holding off well(not dropping more than 10 % or below 5 0 , you will get Herceptin every three weeks after finishing 18 weeks of TCH (or a different schedule of ATCH) and continue until completing a total of 1 year.

I ended up getting only 4 weekly Herceptin after 18 weeks of TCH (3 weeks x 6) and have been doing very well (Stage 2B) the past 5 1/2 years. I did have hysterectomy and oophorectomy in 2010 after another family member was diagnosed with HNPCC related cancer (Colon) and a positive BRCA1 result (Variance of Unknown Significance)

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Old 01-18-2013, 09:47 AM   #9
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This conversation seemed to have ended a month ago. But I'm new, so... I think women on Herceptin should be monitored with a blood test call sHER2/neu. In most women the serum HER2 value will drop quickly, soon after Herceptin is started. If you've been on the drug for a time, it might still be valuable to start monitoring, looking for a rising value, a sign that the Herceptin is not working and might best be stopped. This practice of sHER2/neu monitoring is used by only a few doctors, but can be very helpful. Talk to you doctor. See the Web sites: www.oncogene.com and www.hertestonline.com.
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