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Old 12-16-2012, 12:00 PM   #1
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Herceptin question

Hello.Can anyone tell me if Herceptin is chemo or hormone therapy and also if you can get your hair permed while on Herceptin.

My mom has been on Herceptin since Feb.2006.She also received Navelbine along with the Herceptin weekly- until 2 weeks ago.(She did get every 3rd week off)

The Doctor removed the Navelbine but kept her on Herceptin.
She now gets a larger dose of Herceptin and will only have to get it every 3 weeks now.

She couldn't get her hair permed while on Navelbine.
Just wondering if she can while on herceptin.
Thank you.

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Old 01-28-2013, 09:36 AM   #2
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Smile Re: Herceptin question

Herceptin, also known as trastuzumab, is a monoclonal antibody. In other words, its not a chemical with cytotoxic effects, but rather a biologic drug that targets cancer cells that over express HER2/neu receptors.

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