A Phase II Trial of HKI-272 (Neratinib) for Patients with Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2 (HER2)-Positive Breast Cancer and Brain Metastases (TBCRC 022)

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Investigator: Michelle E. Melisko, MD
Sponsor: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Location(s): United States

Description

The purpose of this research study is to determine how well neratinib works in treating breast cancer that has spread to the brain. Neratinib is a recently discovered oral drug that may stop breast cancer cells from growing abnormally by inhibiting (or blocking) members of a family of proteins that include Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2 (HER2).

In this research study, the investigators are looking to see how well neratinib works to decrease the size of or stabilize breast cancer that has spread to the brain. The investigators are also looking at how previous treatments have affected your thinking (or cognition) and how much neratinib reaches the central nervous system.