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Metastatic Breast Cancer Series: Treatment Options for Today and Tomorrow

Learn about treatments for stage IV breast cancer

2nd ed., 2010

Written By Janine E. Guglielmino, MA, Director, Programs and Strategic Initiatives & Anna Shaffer, Editor and Manager, Web Content

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:

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.

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