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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 71-73

Trastuzumab for Her2/neu-positive metastatic salivary gland carcinoma: Case report and review of the literature

1 Department of Internal Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA
2 Department of Hematology/Oncology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA
3 Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon

Correspondence Address:
Ammar Sukari
Department of Hematology/Oncology, Wayne State University, 4100 John R, Detroit, MI
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2231-0770.102282

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Salivary gland carcinomas metastasize to distant organs in 20% of salivary gland malignancies. Applying immunohistochemistry (IHC) measures, salivary gland tumors showed a wide range of oncogene markers expression, including the human epidermoid receptor 2 (Her2/neu), which could be targeted with monoclonal antibody. Treating salivary gland tumors, which have Her2/neu over-expression, with trastuzumab was reported in a few case reports. We report a 61-year-old Caucasian male, with a history of salivary gland tumor, who presented after 20 years of complete surgical resection with kidney mass. He was treated as primary renal cell carcinoma, unclassified, with nephrectomy and adjuvant clinical trail where he received placebo. Subsequently, he developed multiple hepatic lesions and retroperitoneal mesenteric lymphadenopathy; CT-guided biopsy revealed adenocarcinoma with Her2/neu, 3+ by IHC. The patient was treated successfully with trastuzumab with near-complete response.

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