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Some people with advanced stomach cancer may be offered treatment with a drug called trastuzumab (Herceptin®)|. This type of drug is known as a monoclonal antibody|.
It works by attaching to proteins on the surface of the stomach cancer cells. This stops the cancer cells from dividing and growing. Research has shown that about 20% of people with stomach cancer may benefit from this treatment. You may need further tests to see if it’s suitable for you.
Content last reviewed: 1 June 2011
Next planned review: 2013
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