By Lynne Adkins

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Several local cancer centers are taking part in a clinical trial of a drug to battle a deadly form of breast cancer.

The drug is aimed at a specific type of recurring breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.

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“This is a targeted silver bullet so to speak it’s going after that breast cancer cell that has this bump on it called the HER2+,” says Dr. David Henry, clinical professor of Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital. “It attaches, has a little toxin right along for the ride — a Trojan horse so to speak. It goes right in and kills that breast cancer cell, so that’s the neat new development.”

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The trial needs 980 women. Half will be given the new drug, half the standard chemotherapy. You can find out more at

Reported by Lynne Adkins, KYW Newsradio 1060

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