Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Spotlight on breast cancer

Breast cancer – the most common type of cancer affecting women – is often thought of as a single disease. However, mounting evidence suggests that there are multiple subtypes, all of which occur at different rates, have varying levels of aggressiveness, and respond to different types of treatment. One of the better understood subtypes is HER2-positive breast cancer, defined by high expression of the HER2 protein. Women with HER2-positive breast cancer are often treated with targeted therapies such as trastuzumab, which has dramatically improved survival rates from HER2-positive breast cancer in the past decade.

Read more:
Spotlight on breast cancer: progress, challenges and controversies

Source: BioMed Central
Image credits: Johns Hopkins

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