Cancer

Breast cancer

About Breast cancer

Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives. Breast cancer kills more women in the United States than any cancer except lung cancer. No one knows why some women get breast cancer, but there are a number of risk factors. Risks that you cannot change include

  • Age - the chance of getting breast cancer rises as a woman gets older
  • Genes - there are two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, that greatly increase the risk. Women who have family members with breast or ovarian cancer may wish to be tested.
  • Personal factors - beginning periods before age 12 or going through menopause after age 55

Other risks include being overweight, using hormone replacement therapy (also called menopausal hormone therapy), taking birth control pills, drinking alcohol, not having children or having your first child after age 35 or having dense breasts.

Symptoms of Breast cancer
  • A lump in your breast
  • A change in the size or shape of your breast
  • Discharge from a nipple

Top Medications for Breast cancer according to our users

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All Medications for Breast cancer

  • Anticancer > Biological response modifier

    • Herceptin
      (Trastuzumab)
      Prescription only

      Herceptin (Trastuzumab) is an effective, first-line option when used together with other medicines for certain types of breast and stomach cancers, but it has many side effects and needs a lot of monitoring.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Infusion (IV)
    • Avastin
      (Bevacizumab)
      Prescription only

      Avastin (Bevacizumab) is an effective, first-line option when used together with other medicines for certain types of cancers, but it has to be given in a clinic or hospital and it has many severe side effects.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
  • Glucocorticoid > Synthetic

    • Dexamethasone
      Prescription only

      Decadron (Dexamethasone) is identical to an essential hormone that humans produce and has been proven to work safely.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
  • Anti-inflammatory, Immunosuppressant > Corticosteroid

    • Medrol
      (Methylprednisolone)
      Prescription only

      Medrol (Methylprednisolone) is corticosteroid available in many forms (oral, injectable) that's great for controlling the unwanted symptoms from your immune responses and will make you feel better. There are lots of side effects but most of are tolerable or can be managed.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
    • Prednisone
      Prescription only

      Deltasone (Prednisone) is a common oral corticosteroid that's great for controlling the unwanted symptoms from your immune responses and will make you feel better. There are lots of side effects but most of are tolerable or can be managed.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Liquid
  • Hormone replacement > Progestin

    • Provera
      (Medroxyprogesterone)
      Prescription only

      Provera (Medroxyprogesterone) works well to regulate your menstrual cycle and stop irregular bleeding. It also protects the uterus from estrogen's harmful effects.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill

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