Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Treatment Options for Today and Tomorrow provides basic information about common treatments available now for metastatic breast cancer. This guide will help you learn:
- What makes metastatic cancer different from other types
- The goals of stage IV breast cancer treatment
- How clinical trials can help you
- About chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and targeted therapy
- Why your doctor might recommend surgery or radiation
- How to find out about new treatments
- About tests that monitor success of therapy
Find out how treatments work and what side effects to expect. Using clear language, we discuss these therapies and more:
- Chemotherapy: capecitabine (Xeloda), gemcitabine (Gemzar), Ixabepilone (Ixempra)
- Hormonal therapies: toremifene (Fareston), fulvestrant (Faslodex), megestrol acetate (Megace)
- Targeted therapies trastuzumab (Herceptin) and lapatinib (Ixempra)
- Medicines under study: tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), PARP inhibitors
A special section focuses on the concerns of premenopausal women with metastatic breast cancer. This guide was written with guidance from a team of healthcare providers.
Download a sample PDF of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Series: Treatment Options for Today and Tomorrow.