Cancer Drugs

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Action: Antigrowth
Target cancer: Breast cancer
Manufacturer: Genentech
Side effects: Fever and chills; in rare cases, heart problems and potentially fatal allergic reactions
Cost: About $700 for a week's worth of injections. In clinical trials, the median time on Herceptin was 36 weeks.
Total cost: $25,000

Action: Targeted cell destruction
Target cancer: Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
Manufacturer: Genentech/IDEC

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