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

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.

Reference:

  • National Cancer Database: http://www.facs.org/cancer/ncdb/index.html
  • National Guideline Clearinghouse: http://www.guideline.gov/
  • PDQ Cancer Information Summaries: http://www.cancer.gov/
  • SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2000: http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2000/

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