Breast Cancer Drug Raises Risk of Heart Problems in Older Women


August 11, 2011

USA Today

The breast cancer drug Herceptin increases the risk of heart problems in elderly patients, especially those with a history of heart disease and/or diabetes, a new study says. Researchers analyzed the medical records of 45 women, ages 70 to 92, who were treated with Herceptin (trastuzumab) since 2005 and found that 12 (26.7 percent) of them developed heart problems caused by the drug. That rate is slightly higher than what was noted in earlier clinical trials of younger, healthier women... Read More