PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What bone-directed treatments are being researched for breast cancer?

ANSWER

There are drugs that can keep breast cancer from spreading to your bones or treat it when it happens.

Drugs like pamidronate (Aredia) and zoledronic acid (Zometa) help strengthen bones. They also can lower the chance of fractures in bones made weak by breast cancer.

Some studies suggest these drugs might help other cancer treatments work better. They also might lower the risk of breast cancer coming back.

Denosumab (Xgeva) might also help other treatments work better. It can help make bones stronger and ease the chance of fractures in bones that have been weakened by cancer.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Experimental breast imaging tests," "What's new in breast cancer research and treatment?"

MayoClinic: "Breast Cancer: Treatment and Drugs."

National Cancer Institute: "Nanotechnology: Benefits for Treatment and Clinical Outcomes," "Opportunities in Cancer Nanotechnology: A Conversation with NCI’s Dr. Piotr Grodzinski."

UpToDate: " Patient information: Breast cancer guide to diagnosis and treatment (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 7, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Experimental breast imaging tests," "What's new in breast cancer research and treatment?"

MayoClinic: "Breast Cancer: Treatment and Drugs."

National Cancer Institute: "Nanotechnology: Benefits for Treatment and Clinical Outcomes," "Opportunities in Cancer Nanotechnology: A Conversation with NCI’s Dr. Piotr Grodzinski."

UpToDate: " Patient information: Breast cancer guide to diagnosis and treatment (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 7, 2018

NEXT QUESTION:

How can I try new treatments for breast cancer?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

"ALEXA, ASK WEBMD"

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: