Introduction: The prognosis of patients with HER2-positive early breast cancer has radically improved after the introduction of (neo)adjuvant anti-HER2 targeted therapy. Trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1) is an antibody-drug conjugate combining the anticancer properties of the anti-HER2 agent trastuzumab and the antineoplastic cytotoxic drug DM1. After demonstrating to be an effective and safe treatment for patients with HER2-positive advanced breast cancer, the development of T-DM1 has moved to the early setting. Areas covered: The aim of this review is to explore the current role of T-DM1 in the treatment landscape of HER2-positive early breast cancer, focusing specifically on the efficacy and safety data available in the adjuvant setting. Expert opinion: T-DM1 is an effective and safe treatment option in the adjuvant setting for patients with HER2-positive breast cancer without pathologic complete response after standard neoadjuvant chemotherapy plus anti-HER2 targeted therapy. With the availability of more effective anti-HER2 targeted agents, including T-DM1, there is an urgent need for more chemotherapy de-escalation research efforts in the early setting.

Trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1) as adjuvant treatment of HER2-positive early breast cancer: safety and efficacy

Molinelli, Chiara;Parisi, Francesca;Razeti, Maria Grazia;Arecco, Luca;Fregatti, Piero;Del Mastro, Lucia;Lambertini, Matteo
2021

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Introduction: The prognosis of patients with HER2-positive early breast cancer has radically improved after the introduction of (neo)adjuvant anti-HER2 targeted therapy. Trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1) is an antibody-drug conjugate combining the anticancer properties of the anti-HER2 agent trastuzumab and the antineoplastic cytotoxic drug DM1. After demonstrating to be an effective and safe treatment for patients with HER2-positive advanced breast cancer, the development of T-DM1 has moved to the early setting. Areas covered: The aim of this review is to explore the current role of T-DM1 in the treatment landscape of HER2-positive early breast cancer, focusing specifically on the efficacy and safety data available in the adjuvant setting. Expert opinion: T-DM1 is an effective and safe treatment option in the adjuvant setting for patients with HER2-positive breast cancer without pathologic complete response after standard neoadjuvant chemotherapy plus anti-HER2 targeted therapy. With the availability of more effective anti-HER2 targeted agents, including T-DM1, there is an urgent need for more chemotherapy de-escalation research efforts in the early setting.
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