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An already establish drug used to treat breast cancer has been found to be highly effective against a particularly early aggressive form of breast cancer, providing a possible cure for a small subset of women. Herceptin is a chemotherapeutic agent that targets an abnormal gene, called HER2, that can be found in a small number of breast cancer sufferers. While the drug provides positive results against a type of breast cancer with a poor prognosis, it also has serious side effects that necessitate its stringent use, such as causing heart failure.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by USA Today.com
About: Extended use for breast cancer drug
Date: 19 October 2005
Source: USA Today.com
Author: Rita Rubin
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