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Adjuvant trastuzumab for breast cancer: Advent of pharmacogenetics raises many issues

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7526.1202-a (Published 17 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1202
  1. Hazel Thornton ([email protected]), honorary visiting fellow
  1. Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester “Saionara,” Colchester CO5 7EA

    EDITOR—Kell and Power [previous letter] at last clarify for everyone that at least 20% of patients with positive immunochemical results will not benefit from trastuzumab.1 These are expensive false positives at £20 000 yearly per patient, both for the health system and for patients' quality of life—or, indeed, life at all, bearing in mind the death rate …

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