Other Treatments for Breast Cancer
- Avastin (used in combination with paclitaxel for patients who have not received chemotherapy for metastatic breast cancer)
- Lapatinib (used in combination with capecitabine (Xeloda) for metastatic breast cancer)
- Red, sore area where injection was given
- Flu-like symptoms—fever, chills, gastrointestinal upset
- Allergic reactions—cough, wheezing, skin rash
- Confusion, disorientation, depression
- Interleukin therapy is generally given in the hospital because it can cause severe changes in blood pressure.
- Anastrozole (Arimidex)
- Exemestane (Aromasin)
- Letrozole (Femara)
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