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HR+, HER2- Metastatic Breast Cancer

Diagnosis Diagnosis

Receiving a Metastatic Breast Cancer Diagnosis

A metastatic breast cancer diagnosis can be shocking. You may feel scared and overwhelmed. As you process your diagnosis, keep in mind that this is not your fault. Metastatic breast cancer doesn’t discriminate, and it affects thousands of people each year.


Here are some facts to consider:


icon-1Metastatic breast cancer can develop years after an original diagnosis


Icon 220% to 30% of people with an early-stage diagnosis will experience a metastatic recurrence of their cancer


icon-3A small percentage of people are diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer from the start—this is also known as de novo metastatic


icon-4Both women and men can be diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer


icon-5There is no cure for metastatic breast cancer, but it can be treated


icon-6Treatment for metastatic breast cancer is lifelong, and focuses on slowing the growth and spread of tumors

Two Types of Treatment

Treatment for metastatic breast cancer can be different than treatments for early-stage breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer treatment options can include the use of medicines that slow the growth and spread of tumors, in addition to local therapies, like surgery and radiation therapy.


There are two types of metastatic breast cancer treatment:


Systemic treatments move through the bloodstream and treat the entire body.
These treatments include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormonal therapy
  • Targeted therapies, like KISQALI® (ribociclib). Targeted therapies affect cancer cells, but can also affect healthy cells


Local treatments target the cells in or around tumors. These treatments include:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy

There’s no one right way to treat metastatic breast cancer. If you’ve recently been diagnosed, it’s important to partner with your doctor in order to determine the type of treatment plan that’s right for you.