Kadcyla, also known as trastuzumab emtansine, is a targeted therapy for the treatment of advanced HER2-positive breast cancer. You may have already received treatment with other HER2 targeted therapies such as Herceptin® (trastuzumab) and Perjeta® (pertuzumab).
Ask your doctor if Kadcyla is right for you.
How Kadcyla works
Clinical studies have shown that Kadcyla helps to control the growth and spread of advanced HER2-positive breast cancer. For more information on the clinical trials of Kadcyla, go to page 11 in the Kadcyla patient booklet by clicking here.
Kadcyla helps most people with advanced HER2-positive breast cancer but it may have unwanted side effects in some people. All medicines have side effects. Sometimes they are serious and sometimes they are not. Go to page 16 in the Kadcyla patient booklet by clicking here for more information on what to expect during treatment with Kadcyla.
How to access Kadcyla
Kadcyla is not currently funded by PHARMAC. This means you will need to pay for it privately. If you have health insurance, carefully check what is covered – every health insurance provider has different rules and benefits that cover cancer treatment, surgery, tests and appointments.
Roche also offer support through a Cost Share Programme.
The Kadcyla Cost Share Programme
• offers assistance with the cost of your medicine. A number of doses (or cycles) of the medicine are provided at no charge (the cost of the medicine only). The total amount you will pay for Kadcyla is capped.
• once a patient has reached the cap, Roche will provide ongoing Kadcyla at no cost. However, other costs such as doctor fees and administration costs will still apply.
• for more information on the Kadcyla Cost Share Programme, see page 20 of the Kadcyla patient booklet here or talk to your doctor.
Ready to take the next step
Making decisions about treatment options involves working through the advantages and disadvantages, so you can decide what may work best for you and your loved ones.
Because every situation is different, it’s important to speak to your doctor to find out if Kadcyla is right for you.
Talking to your doctor about Kadcyla
To help you in this process, we’ve put together a discussion guide to help you begin a conversation with your doctor. Print it off, take it along to your next appointment, and take notes in the spaces provided.
For further information about private treatment providers click here.
You can also talk to your current doctor about referral to a private doctor or treatment centre.
To learn more about how medicines become available in New Zealand, click here.
The following resources contain useful information on Kadcyla such as what it is for, how it works, things to consider before starting treatment and what to expect during treatment including side effects.