HR+, HER2- Metastatic Breast Cancer

HR+, HER2- Metastatic Breast Cancer 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-3About 6% 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-6Metastatic breast cancer treatment is lifelong, and focuses on slowing the growth and spread of tumors—and with some treatments, helping women and men live longer 


icon-7Nearly 80% of young women diagnosed with breast cancer find abnormal changes in their breast themselves

Two Types of Metastatic Breast Cancer Treatment

Metastatic breast cancer treatment can be different than early stage breast cancer treatments. 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 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 Breast Cancer Treatment


Local treatments target the 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.