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Question: What other drugs may be used to treat metastatic breast cancer?

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Answer: For bony or soft tissue metastases in patients with estrogen or progesterone receptor-positive breast cancer, hormonal agents such as tamoxifen, anastrozole, letrozole, exemestane, or luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone agonists (in premenopausal women) can be used for effective palliation lasting many months. Newer drugs that target growth factor pathways in breast cancer are currently in development. […]

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Question: How effective are chemotherapy agents in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Answer: Overall induction response rates range from 55% to 65%. Median survival times are 14-18 months. The survival rates depend more on the site of the metastatic disease than on the treatment, with visceral disease faring more poorly than bony or soft tissue metastases. Most patients receive more than one treatment regimen, since the median […]

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