What is metastatic breast cancer?
Metastatic breast cancer (MBC), also known as advanced or stage IV, is breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast to other parts of the body. The common places for breast cancer to spread are the bones, lungs, liver, and brain.
Facts about metastatic breast cancer
Treatment options for HR+, HER2– metastatic breast cancer
When you're discussing a treatment option for metastatic breast cancer with your doctor, it’s important to know that you have various options, but the decision will depend on several patient and tumor factors, such as HR or HER2 status.
Systemic treatment options
Most metastatic breast cancer is treated with systemic therapy. Systemic therapy travels throughout the bloodstream, reaching cancerous cells throughout the body. These treatments affect both cancerous and normal cells. Sometimes different systemic treatments are combined with each other.
Systemic treatments include the following:
- Hormonal treatments
- Targeted treatments, such as Verzenio
Local treatment options
Local treatments such as surgery or radiation may be used to help prevent or treat symptoms of metastatic breast cancer.
Partnering with your doctor
Treatment decisions should be a team effort between you and your doctor. Asking the right questions will help you manage expectations and determine the best course of action for your treatment.
Speak with your doctor to understand the right first treatment option for you
You can ask your doctor
- Can you recommend additional resources that would help educate me about my disease and treatment?
- What are my options for treating my HR+, HER2– metastatic breast cancer?
- How will treatment affect my personal life?
- Is Verzenio right for me?
- How is Verzenio different?
- How is Verzenio taken?
- If Verzenio is right for me, what can I expect during treatment?
- When can I expect to see results with Verzenio?
- What are the potential side effects with Verzenio?
- Do you know of any resources to help with financial support for Verzenio?