Introduction: Anti-HER2 targeted therapy is one of the key advances in the treatment of breast cancer that have occurred in the last 20 years. In the adjuvant setting, the use of trastuzumab has led to prolonged and sustained survival benefit with very little toxicity as also confirmed by the 10-year follow-up results from the pivotal trials. Despite the survival improvement, several key issues are not entirely resolved in this field. These issues have led to multiple research efforts in de-escalating or escalating the standard treatment with chemotherapy and 1 year of adjuvant trastuzumab. Areas covered: In this paper, we present an in depth overview on the state of the art on these key issues of refining decision-making in adjuvant anti-HER2 therapy. Expert commentary: Despite many important research efforts in the field, chemotherapy plus trastuzumab for a total duration of 1 year remains the standard of care. However, recent data showed that besides standard anthracycline- and taxane-based cytotoxic therapy, alternative chemotherapy regimens can now be proposed to patients with small tumors without nodal involvement and to women at high-risk of developing cardiotoxicity. Of note, besides HER2 itself, biomarkers predicting patients who may truly benefit from anti-HER2 agents are still lacking.
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|Titolo:||Adjuvant trastuzumab: a 10-year overview of its benefit|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 - Articolo su rivista|