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06/03/2004In 2001I was had bilateral mastectomy (Radical on the left-simple on the right) Stage 4. Reoccurance in my lungs 2003. I am presently in remission from both and receive weekly treatments of Herceptin. Recently I had GI scopes done and found inflammation and ulcerations in my esophogus, stomach, and colon. The only thing I can see is effecting my digestive area is the herceptin. Is this common or should I be looking in other areas. The herceptin is working good at keeping the cancer at bay, I do not want to change this now. I have been told that this is not a common side effect of the drug,if any. Thank you.
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06/09/2004There are incidences of women having GI side effects from herceptin. so talk to the doctor about how to get these symptoms into control while staying on herceptin.

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