Our free Brain Tumour Information Pack is designed to help you feel confident when discussing treatment and care with your medical team.Order your FREE pack
Lapatinib is a drug used for targeted therapy in women with breast cancer that has spread to another part of the body. It may also be known by its brand name Tyverb®.
This type of drug works by targeting a protein called HER2 which is found in some breast cancers and causes the cancer cells to grow. The drug works by stopping the cells growing and dividing to spread. It is given alongside other drugs to treat breast cancer including chemotherapy.
Lapatinib is not currently recommended by NICE which means that it is not routinely available on the NHS but may be given as part of a clinical trial. It is important you speak to your healthcare team before making any changes to your treatment or taking new medicines.
Some women with breast cancer can develop brain metastases. A phase two clinical trial was carried out to test the effect of lapatinib in women with HER2 positive breast cancer who had developed a secondary brain tumour. The study recommended that further research be carried out.
If you have further questions, need to clarify any of the information on this page, or want to find out more about research and clinical trials, please contact our team:
0808 800 0004 (free from landlines and mobiles)
Phone lines open Mon-Fri, 09:00-17:00
You can also join our active online community on Facebook - find out more about our groups.