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Drug Duo Approach May Improve Fight against Aggressive Breast Cancer

Posted on February 15, 2016 by Disability Help Group

According to the Doctor’s Lounge, a drug duo approach may better fight an aggressive form of breast cancer. If cancer or any other severe health problem has resulted in severe limitations, you could qualify to receive Social Security disability benefits.

Researchers have found that an aggressive form of breast cancer, referred to as HER2-positive, has a better response rate when treated with Herceptin (trastuzumab) and Tykerb (lapatinib). When Herceptin was given alone, there was a 30% positive response but, when it was combined with Tykerb, the response increased to 51%. Tykerb taken alone had just a 25% positive response.

The study only involved an advanced type of cancer, so it’s not clear what the results would be for a less aggressive form. The researchers also indicate that the drugs do have side effects, which are increased when used in combination.

Although heart problems don’t appear to be a side effect, diarrhea and fluctuating levels of liver enzymes were common with Tykerb. Liver toxicity, a life-threatening condition is a potential risk as well. Although some deaths have been reported, it’s not clear if they were related to the side effects.

When you need help applying for benefits or appealing a claim that has been denied, you should seek legal counsel. Consulting with a Miami Social Security disability representative can help you learn what your rights are.

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