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Breast cancer drug effective for gastric cancer

KEY POINT

Results from a Phase III trial involving almost 600 patients showed that treatment with trastuzumab (Herceptin—Genentech) given in combination with chemotherapy resulted in a 26% reduction in the rate of death for patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)–positive advanced gastric or gastroesophageal junction cancer compared with chemotherapy alone.