As Breast Cancer Treatments Continue to Evolve, a Few Stand Out

Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in American women and the most common cancer globally. Estimates show that more than 300,000 people in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed this year alone, almost 3,000 of them men.

When the FDA first approved Genentech, Inc.’s Herceptin (trastuzumab) on Sept. 25, 1998, for the treatment of people with breast cancer whose tumors overexpress the human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER2) protein, the drug offered a new targeted approach to treating the disease. In the years since, researchers have identified other subtypes of the cancer and developed newer agents indicated for specific types and stages of the disease.

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Angela Maas

Angela Maas

Angela has an extensive background of editing, reporting and writing for trade and consumer publications. She has written Radar on Specialty Pharmacy (formerly called Specialty Pharmacy News) since she joined AIS Health in 2005 and has broad knowledge of the various issues at play within the space. Before joining AIS Health, she was managing editor at Employee Benefit News and Employee Benefit News Canada and managing editor at HemAware (a hemophilia publication), Lupus Living and Momentum (a multiple sclerosis publication). She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in British literature from Arizona State University.

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