What is the role of lapatinib in the treatment of HER2-positive breast cancer?

Updated: May 14, 2019
  • Author: Maurie Markman, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Karl S Roth, MD  more...
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A study that evaluated the efficacy of lapatinib in HER2-negative and HER2-uncharacterized metastatic breast cancer concluded that although patients with HER2-negative or HER2-untested metastatic breast cancer did not experience benefit from the addition of lapatinib to paclitaxel, first-line therapy with paclitaxel-lapatinib significantly improved clinical outcomes in patients who were HER2-positive. [13]


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