Treatment for Advanced Hormone Receptor-Positive Breast Cancer


Ricardo Alvarez, MD, MSc

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If you’ve been diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, it’s important to know things are much different than they were in the past. Today, we have an enormous amount of knowledge about the disease, we have increased the number of drugs that can effectively kill the cancer, and patients are surviving longer, with a much higher quality of life. Now, people with advanced breast cancer can treat it like a chronic disease, managing it carefully with medications but able to live long, full lives. One key part of this progress is the discovery of specialized treatments for specific types of breast cancer. If you’ve been diagnosed with hormone receptor-positive (HR-positive) breast cancer, this phrase describes how your cancer grows, which determines the type of treatment you’ll be receiving.

Revolutionary treatments have increased the life expectancy rates for breast cancer patients. Watch this video for more breast cancer facts.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: May 12, 2017

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