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HIV drug shows efficacy in treating mouse models of HER2+ breast cancer

  • Posted: October 9, 2012

The HIV protease inhibitor, Nelfinavir, can be used to treat HER2-positive breast cancer in the same capacity and dosage regimen that it is used to treat HIV, according to a Johns Hopkins School of Medicine study published October 5 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Johns Hopkins University is home to the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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