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Breast Cancer – Metastatic (STAGE IV), Version 1.2017

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What are the treatment options?

For all cancers

A clinical trial is a type of research that studies new

health tests and treatments.

Ask your treatment team if there is an open clinical trial

that you can join.

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For hormone

receptor-positive

breast cancer

Chemotherapy may be given first if the cancer is quickly

growing within internal organs

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If you’re in premenopause, options include treatments

that limit the ovaries from making hormones given with

treatments for women in postmenopause.

If you’re in postmenopause, options are treatments that

block hormones from cancer cells or block a protein that

makes estrogen. Treatments that stop certain growth

signals within cancer cells may be added.

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For hormone

receptor-negative

breast cancer

If HER2-negative cancer, an option is chemotherapy.

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If HER2-positive cancer, options include treatment that

targets HER2 given with or without chemotherapy.

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Is the treatment working?

Different types of tests will be repeated on a regular basis to check treatment

results. Some tests will be the same as those given before treatment.

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What are some tips for making good treatment decisions?

Ask your doctors many questions. Also, you could get a second opinion, attend

support groups, and compare pros and cons.

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