Current management of advanced breast cancer

Mahesh Iddawela, Athar Ahmad, Karen McAdam, Helena M Earl

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This chapter discusses the current management of advanced breast cancer. It examines the treatments available to the patients: targeted therapy, endocrine therapy, and chemotherapy. Each treatment is only applied in special cases. Targeted therapy is directed at specific molecular targets and is less toxic, thus providing palliation without greatly affecting the quality of life. Chemotherapy is applied to patients who progressed on endocrine treatment or who have symptomatic visceral disease. Endocrine therapy, on the other hand, has become an important modality of treatment for metastatic breast cancer. The chapter also presents two case studies of patients who went through certain treatments for breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPalliative Care Consultations in Advanced Breast Cancer
PublisherOxford University Press, USA
ISBN (Electronic)9780191730481
ISBN (Print)9780198530756
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Advanced breast cancer
  • Chemotherapy
  • Endocrine therapy
  • Endocrine treatment
  • Management
  • Metastatic breast cancer
  • Symptomatic visceral disease
  • Targeted therapy

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