New Addition to Arsenal Against Breast Cancer

But for now, lapatinib is going to be used to treat women with breast cancer that can no longer be effectively treated with trastuzumab, or when a woman cannot tolerate trastuzumab.

Advances in the treatment of cancer rarely come in big, giant steps. They come in a series of smaller advances that, when grouped together over time, result in significant progress.

That has been the case with the treatment of colorectal cancer and breast cancer, and this pending announcement regarding the possible approval of lapatinib will have a similar impact.

But that does not diminish the fact that we are in the midst of a revolution in which we are rapidly developing and using targeted therapies for targeted cancers.

The era of truly personalized medicine in the treatment of cancer is just beginning.

Dr. Len Lichtenfeld is deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society. You can view the full blog by clicking here.

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 2949938.
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
  • |
  • 3
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
A Gilchrist county sheriffs car sits at the end of a trailer home where 7 members of a family were slain by their grandfather in Bell, FL, Thursday, Sept., 18, 2014. The grandfather, Don Spirit, pictured, also killed himself.
Phil Sandlin/AP Photo | Gilchrist County Sheriffs Office
St. Andre Bessette Catholic Church in Ecorse Michigan
PHOTO: Strawberries and cream are a healthy--and delicious--pairing to enjoy after a workout.
EMWestwood Photography/Getty Images
PHOTO: Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith arrives at the 86th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center, March 2, 2014, in Hollywood, Calif.
Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images