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 15 in the Kadcyla patient booklet by clicking here for more information on what to expect during treatment with Kadcyla.
How to access Kadcyla
From 1st December 2019, Kadcyla is fully funded by PHARMAC for those who meet pre-fined criteria. For more information 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.