Herceptin: Cancer Survivor Talks About Drug From UCLA

There are 3 comments on the WNBC New York story from Oct 17, 2008, titled Herceptin: Cancer Survivor Talks About Drug From UCLA. In it, WNBC New York reports that:

This Friday, NBC and other networks will simultaneously air a one-hour musical extravaganza to raise money for cancer research, and some of the most important research is taking place in Southern California, ...

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Burbank, CA

#1 Oct 19, 2008
Does hepertin only work on breast cancer or can it work on stomach cancer?
Gail Perry

Pinellas Park, FL

#2 Oct 19, 2008
Herceptin targets a protein on the surfaces of some breast cancer cells. It intercepts growth signals sent to that protein. "Her" is the first three letters of the protein, and "ceptin" refers to intercepting the signal. Whe it works, it chokes off growth.

As far as I know, that protein is not present on the surface of stomach cancer cells. I think it's exclusive to breast cancer (and not all breast cancers). You should ask your oncologist, of course.


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