Systemic treatment approaches in her2-negative advanced breast cancer—guidance on the guidelines

A.A. Joy, M. Ghosh, R. Fernandes, M.J. Clemons

Abstract


Despite advancements in the treatment of early-stage breast cancer, many patients still develop disease recurrence; others present with de novo metastatic disease. For most patients with advanced breast cancer, the primary treatment intent is noncurative—that is, palliative—in nature. The goals of treatment should therefore focus on maximizing symptom control and extending survival. Treatments should be evaluated on an individualized basis in terms of evidence, but also with full respect for the wishes of the patient in terms of acceptable toxicity. Given the availability of extensive reviews on the roles of endocrine therapy and her2 (human epidermal growth factor receptor 2)–targeted therapies for advanced disease, we focus here mainly on treatment guidelines for the non-endocrine management of her2-negative advanced breast cancer in a Canadian health care context.

Keywords


advanced breast cancer; metastatic breast cancer; treatment guidelines; her2-negativity; endocrine-resistant breast cancer; chemotherapy; targeted therapy; biologic therapy

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3747/co.22.2360






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