CE: A Review of Common Oral Treatments for Breast Cancer

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Abstract

Breast cancer patients are living longer with the disease than ever before. According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 3 million women in the United States are currently living with a breast cancer diagnosis, and many seek care in nononcology settings, whether for treatment, acute symptoms and complaints related to their cancer diagnosis, or unrelated concerns. Yet many nononcology providers are unfamiliar with the various oral agents used to treat breast cancer, and their possible adverse effects and drug interactions. It is imperative that all providers be aware of these agents and know when a patient is currently taking or has taken them. This article provides an overview of the most common oral treatments for breast cancer and discusses common adverse effects and management.

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