Phase II study of weekly intravenous Trastuzumab (Herceptin) in patients with HER2/neu-overexpressing metastatic breast cancer

Department of Medicine, Services of Breast and Gynecological Cancer Medicine and Clinical Immunology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA.
Seminars in Oncology (Impact Factor: 3.9). 09/1999; 26(4 Suppl 12):78-83.
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The HER2/neu proto-oncogene is overexpressed in 25% to 30% of patients with breast cancer. Trastuzumab (Herceptin; Genentech, San Francisco, CA), a recombinant humanized monoclonal antibody with high affinity for the HER2 protein, inhibits the growth of breast cancer cells overexpressing HER2. In this phase II study the efficacy and toxicity of weekly administration of trastuzumab was evaluated in 46 patients with metastatic breast cancer whose tumors overexpressed HER2. A loading dose of 250 mg trastuzumab was administered intravenously, which was followed by 10 weekly doses of 100 mg each. Upon completion of this treatment period, patients with no disease progression could receive a weekly maintenance dose of 100 mg. Patients in this trial had extensive metastatic disease, and most had received prior anticancer therapy. Ninety percent of patients achieved adequate serum levels of trastuzumab. Toxicity was minimal, and no antibodies against trastuzumab could be detected. Objective responses were observed in 5 of the 43 evaluable patients, which included 1 complete remission and 4 partial remissions, for an overall response rate of 11.6%. Responses were seen in mediastinum, lymph nodes, liver, and chest wall lesions. Minor responses (seen in 2 patients) and stable disease (14 patients) lasted for a median of 5.1 months. These results demonstrate that trastuzumab is well tolerated and clinically active in patients with HER2-overexpressing metastatic breast cancers who have received extensive prior therapy. The regression of human cancer through the targeting of putative growth factor receptors such as HER2 warrants further evaluation of trastuzumab in the treatment of breast cancer.

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    • "Trastuzumab (Herceptin), a humanized IgG1 that binds to HER2 ectodomain, is the first approved therapy for treating HER2-overexpressing breast cancers [54, 55]. It has been shown to induce tumor regressions in 12–35% of heavily pretreated metastatic breast cancers with HER2 overexpression [56-58]. In patients with HER2-positive early stage breast cancer, addition of trastuzumab to adjuvant chemotherapy has been associated with significant benefits in survival and locoregional/distant recurrence, but a worse outcome in central nervous system (CNS) recurrence [59]. "
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    • "In addition, HER-2/neu-positivity is thought to predict the likelihood of resistance or sensitivity to some conventional hormonal therapies like tamoxifen. Herceptin (trastuzumab), a recombinant humanised anti-HER-2/neu monoclonal antibody has been shown to improve outcomes for women with metastatic breast cancer, either alone or in combination with chemotherapy.13 "
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    • "It was thus hypothesized that HER2 inhibition could be an effective therapeutic strategy for the treatment of HER2 overexpressing tumors. This led to the development of trastuzumab, a specific anti-HER2 humanized recombinant monoclonal antibody (mAb), which showed considerable clinical utility in patients with HER2-overexpressing breast tumors in both metastatic [6]–[10] and adjuvant [11]–[13] settings. "
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