A type of monoclonal antibody used in cancer detection or therapy. Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-produced substances that can locate and bind to cancer cells. Trastuzumab blocks the effects of the growth factor protein HER2, which transmits growth signals to breast cancer cells.

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... Trastuzumab (Herceptin®) is a monoclonal antibody. A monoclonal antibody is a protein that reacts with a specific site on a cell. Trastuzumab targets a protein called HER2. This protein is found on the surface of some types of cancer cells including prostate, colon, and ovarian cancers and 25—30% of breast cancer cells. Trastuzumab works by interfering with how these tumor cells grow and causes these cells to die. Generic trastuzumab injections are not available. ...
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Trastuzumab Systematic (IUPAC) name Humanized anti-HER2 antibody ...
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What You Need to Know About Treatment With Herceptin
... Generic name: Trastuzumab Why is this drug prescribed? A protein called Her-2/neu is found on the surface of cells in certain types of breast cancers. This protein acts as a receptor on the outer wall...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

   

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