No. 7 Medical Innovation for 2018: Arsenal of Targeted Breast Cancer Therapies (Video)

Will they spell end of chemo for breast cancer patients?

In 2018, targeted therapies will be used more widely to treat breast cancer, a disease that kills more than 40,000 American women per year. A variety of new targeted treatments — such as PARP inhibitors for patients with specific BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations, and novel CDK 4/6 inhibitors for ER-Positive/HER-2-negative breast cancer — are having positive outcomes in clinical trials.

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In addition, novel HER-2 targeted agents continue to show benefits in a subgroup of HER-2-positive patients.

Experts believe that the cumulative results of these studies point to an increasing survival rate, and perhaps the eventual end of chemotherapy for a significant number of breast cancer patients.

In this video, learn more about why targeted breast cancer therapies are one of Cleveland Clinic’s Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2018.

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