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Lapatinib in second-line treatment for metastatic breast cancer: rapid clinical benefit and long-term response

Abstract

Lapatinib, an oral dual ErbB1/2 tyrosine kinase inhibitor, is effective in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer that has progressed after trastuzumab-based first-line chemotherapy. Moreover, lapatinib has been found to be effective in patients with metastatic brain involvement. Here we report the case of a 55-year-old woman with metastatic breast cancer and brain metastasis who achieved rapid symptom improvement and long-term disease control.Lapatinib, an oral dual ErbB1/2 tyrosine kinase inhibitor, is effective in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer that has progressed after trastuzumab-based first-line chemotherapy. Moreover, lapatinib has been found to be effective in patients with metastatic brain involvement. Here we report the case of a 55-year-old woman with metastatic breast cancer and brain metastasis who achieved rapid symptom improvement and long-term disease control.

Tumori 2013; 99(6): e261 - e263

Article Type: CASE REPORT

DOI:10.1700/1390.15464

Authors

Michele De Tursi, Consiglia Carella

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