How are systemic treatments for breast cancer used?
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.
- 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)
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