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Trastuzumab Deruxtecan: A Review in Unresectable or Metastatic HER2-Positive Breast Cancer

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posted on 2023-04-30, 23:20 authored by Tina Nie, Hannah A. Blair


Funding The preparation of this review was not supported by any external funding.

Authorship and Conflict of interest T. Nie and H. A. Blair are salaried employees of Adis International Ltd/Springer Nature, and declare no relevant conflicts of interest. All authors contributed to the review and are responsible for the article content.

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Trastuzumab deruxtecan (Enhertu®) is a human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-targeted antibody-drug conjugate approved in several countries, including the USA and those of the EU, for adults with unresectable or metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer who have previously received at least one prior anti-HER2-based regimen. In a pivotal phase 3 trial in this setting, intravenous trastuzumab deruxtecan demonstrated prolonged progression-free survival compared with trastuzumab emtansine (previously the recommended second-line therapy in this indication). Trastuzumab deruxtecan had a generally manageable safety and tolerability profile. Common treatment-related adverse events included haematological and gastrointestinal disorders. Interstitial lung disease (ILD)/pneumonitis is associated with a regulatory warning and requires careful monitoring. In conclusion, trastuzumab deruxtecan is a valuable new treatment option for HER2-positive breast cancer, having been shown to be effective with a generally manageable safety and tolerability profile in adults with unresectable or metastatic disease who have received one or more prior anti-HER2-based regimens. 

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