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Breast Cancer, Metastatic or Recurrent - Prevention

In some cases, initial treatment of breast cancer with chemotherapy or hormone therapy can help prevent metastatic or recurrent breast cancer.

For women with estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) breast cancer, treatment with tamoxifen, an aromatase inhibitor, or both can also help prevent recurrence. For some postmenopausal women who are also ER+, an aromatase inhibitor such as exemestane (Aromasin) works even better than tamoxifen alone. Aromatase inhibitors may be taken alone or after tamoxifen.

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Ductal Carcinoma (Invasive and In Situ)

More than 226,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. More than half of these women will have ductal carcinoma, a type of cancer that starts in the milk ducts of the breast. There are two types of ductal carcinoma: Ductal carcinoma in situ, which is also referred to as intraductal carcinoma Invasive ductal carcinoma

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    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: August 14, 2013
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