Example orders for Ado-trastuzumab emtansine (Kadcyla) in breast cancer

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Remember that example order sets that may contain additional information about supportive medications, suggestions for monitoring, hydration, and pre-treatment screening information for chemotherapy regimens are purely anecdotal, provided only as examples of what some other providers may be using, and are typically not based on references in the primary literature.

Ado-trastuzumab emtansine (Kadcyla)

Published regimens and references can be found on the breast cancer page.

Example order set #1

21-day cycles

Supportive medications

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 650 mg PO once; 30 minutes prior to chemotherapy
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) 25 mg IV once; 30 minutes prior to chemotherapy
  • Ondansetron (Zofran) 8 mg PO once; 30 minutes prior to chemotherapy


  • Normal saline IV continuous infusion at 5 mL/H
  • Normal saline 25 to 50 mL IV prn flush before and after chemotherapy


  • Monitor for thrombocytopenia (however, no mandatory mid-cycle check)


  • Patients without central lines: insert peripheral IV before therapy. Flush peripheral IV with 10 mL 0.9% normal saline after each day's dose of chemotherapy. Remove peripheral IV when therapy is complete.
  • Patients with central lines: access the central venous access device before therapy. Flush central line according to institutional guidelines after each day's dose of chemotherapy. Deaccess device when therapy is complete.