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Herceptin infusion contains the active ingredient trastuzumab, which is a type of medicine called a humanised monoclonal antibody. It is used to treat breast and stomach cancer.
Trastuzumab is used to treat breast and stomach tumours that have large amounts of a unique protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 protein (HER2) on the surface of the cancer cells. HER2 is present in excessive amounts on the surface of some cancer cells. Its presence stimulates the growth of these cancer cells.
Breast cancer that has large amounts of HER2 on its cells is known as HER2-positive breast cancer. This type of breast cancer is particularly aggressive. It accounts for approximately 20 to 30 per cent of women with breast cancer and demands special and immediate attention because the tumours are fast-growing and there is a higher likelihood of relapse.