Ll women diagnosed with breast cancer should receive Herceptin (Trastuzumab).

3rd Year Biomedical Sciences
Modules: Pathological Sciences

Discuss the following statement:

All women diagnosed with breast cancer should receive Herceptin (Trastuzumab)

To answer this, you will need to source and read primary research articles and reviews, refer to NICE guidelines (see below), and cite these appropriately. You may also consult media reports (eg BBC) however beware, as some media reports are misleading. In discussing the statement above you may want to consider some of the following points: What is Herceptin? How/why/when does it work? Which patients benefit? Which do not? Financial considerations may be included, but this should be balanced with scientific evidence. To conclude, you may want to summarise, based on evidence, whether or not you agree with the statement. If you agree with the statement, explain why the statement is true. If you do not agree with the statement, or parts of the statement, you may want to re-word it to one that you agree with. The word limit (excluding references) is 1500 words.

NICE guidelines for Breast cancer: index.jsp?actionbyTopic&o7168

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