What pharmacology treatment would you recommend and why? The most common treatments for metastatic breast cancer in any location are systemic medications including chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, targeted therapies, and bone-strengthening medication. I would start with a hormonal drug
such as Tamoxifen. This drug blocks estrogen receptors on breast cancer cells. It stops estrogen from connecting to the cancer cells and telling them to grow and divide (American Cancer Society, 2017). While tamoxifen acts like an anti- estrogen in breast cells, it acts like an estrogen in other tissues, like the uterus and the bones. For women with hormone-positive breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, tamoxifen can often help slow or stop the growth of the cancer, and might even shrink some tumors (American Cancer Society, 2017). Betty may also have to get a different regimen of chemotherapy after consulting with an oncologist and may need additional surgical intervention. American Cancer Society (2017). Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer. Retrieved from i-Human Patients Inc. (2018). Betty Burns Part 2 V3 PC PAC(Basic DDx). Retrieved from Jin, X. & Mu, P. (2015). Targeting breast cancer metastasis. Breast cancer : basic and clinical research , 9 (Suppl 1), 23-34. doi:10.4137/BCBCR.S25460
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