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Palliative Care Consultations in Advanced Breast Cancer$
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Sara Booth

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198530756

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198530756.001.0001

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Current management of advanced breast cancer

Current management of advanced breast cancer

(p.1) Chapter 1 Current management of advanced breast cancer
Palliative Care Consultations in Advanced Breast Cancer

Mahesh Iddawela

Athar Ahmad

Karen McAdam

Helena Earl

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   management, advanced breast cancer, targeted therapy, endocrine therapy, chemotherapy, endocrine treatment, symptomatic visceral disease, metastatic breast cancer

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