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Whether herciptin is compulsorily taken?

Dear Sir,

My wife is a breast cancer patient and has undergone mastectomy recently.  Now the doctors planned for post chemotherapy.  She hal already been 4cycles of NEO-ADJUVANT chemotherapy.  The ER/PR IS POSITIVE AND HER2 is 3+STRONG POSITIVE.  The doctors are also suggesting HERCIPTIN of 18 cycles.  As I am a middle class citizen of India I am not in a position to afford the cost of Rs.20.00+ lakhs.  Hence I humbly request you to kindly advise whether is it compulsory to take the medicine.  I
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HER2 + indicates a very agressive type of breast cancer and herceptin is the best choice to battle that overexpression of HER2.

It's absolutely indicated for treatment with HER2 + diagnosis.
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Hello and hope you are doing well.

Understand your predicament. Herceptin (trastuzumab) is indicated for adjuvant treatment of HER2 overexpressing node positive or node negative, so this medication can give better clinical outcomes. You could try writing to pharmaceutical companies, they may sponsor. Alternatively, sometimes participation in clinical trials will engage those personnel to get medications for you. Your treating physician can also send recommendation letters to pharmaceutical companies. Discuss these options with your consulting doctor.

Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
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