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How are systemic treatments for breast cancer used?

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Systemic treatments are used to destroy or control cancer cells all over the body. These treatments include:

A patient may have just one form of treatment or a combination, depending on his or her needs.

  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormone therapy such as tamoxifen (Nolvadex, Tamoxen, Soltamox)
  • Aromatase inhibitors such as anastrozole (Arimidex), exemestane (Aromasin), and letrozole (Femara)
  • Biologic drugs such as lapatinib (Tykerb), palbociclib (Ibrance), pertuzumab (Perjeta), trastuzumab (Herceptin), and trastuzumab emtansine (Kadcyla)

SOURCE:

American Cancer Society.
News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 11, 2017

SOURCE:

American Cancer Society.
News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 11, 2017

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