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Let's Talk About Breast Cancer Medication

Advancements in drug therapies have made it easier than ever to treat breast cancer. Learn more about the common meds available, and how they work.

    Our Pro PanelBreast Cancer

    We went to some of the nation’s top experts in breast cancer to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Zahi Mitri, M.D.

    Zahi Mitri, M.D.Breast Cancer Oncologist

    The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
    Portland, OR
    Jack Jacoub, M.D.

    Jack Jacoub, M.D.Medical Oncologist and Medical Director of MemorialCare Cancer Institute

    Orange Coast Medical Center
    Fountain Valley, CA
    Jonathan Stegall, M.D.

    Jonathan Stegall, M.D.Medical Director

    The Center for Advanced Medicine
    Alpharetta, GA

    Frequently Asked QuestionsBreast Cancer Medication

    How will I know which breast cancer medication is right for me?

    Your cancer care team will work with you to figure out the best options. The current approach in treatment is to give you the least amount of medication necessary to have a positive outcome. That way, you’ll hopefully have fewer side effects.

    What are the side effects of chemotherapy?

    Nausea, mouth sores, hair loss, and brain fog are some of the most common side effects of chemo. The good news is that new medications have been developed that you can take along with chemotherapy to ease some of these issues.

    What's the difference between local and systemic treatments?

    Surgery and radiation are considered local treatments because they happen in and around the breast. Systemic treatments are medications that you take internally that are then spread throughout the body to fight cancer cells.

    How long will I need hormone therapy for?

    Typically, hormone therapy lasts anywhere between five and 10 years. To help you get the maximum benefit of this approach, your doctor may switch you from one medication to anther part-way through your treatment.

    Sunny Sea Gold

    Sunny Sea Gold

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    Sunny is a health journalist, book author, and essayist living in Portland, OR.