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Trastuzumab in the management of gastroesophageal cancer: patient selection and perspectives

Authors Davidson M, Starling N

Received 16 August 2016

Accepted for publication 5 November 2016

Published 25 November 2016 Volume 2016:9 Pages 7235—7245


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Editor who approved publication: Dr XuYu Yang

Michael Davidson, Naureen Starling

Department of Gastrointestinal Oncology, The Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Abstract: The addition of trastuzumab to the treatment of a subset of patients with advanced gastric and gastroesophageal junction cancers showing HER2 positivity has been shown to confer clinical benefit; however, questions remain over the optimal methods for defining and selecting such patients. This review provides an overview of current standards for assessing HER2 positivity, the evolving treatment landscape for HER2-positive gastric and esophageal cancers and the challenges and potential future directions in optimal patient selection for HER2-targeted therapy.

HER2, trastuzumab, gastric cancer, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization

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