Multimodality therapy – combining multiple treatments is important at this stage. With stage 2 breast cancer, you need a combination of at least 2 or more treatments.<
Treatment of stage 2 cancer with drugs
Drug treatment depends on many factors such as: age and tumor test results such as hormone receptor and HER-2 receptor status. Based on that, the doctor will prescribe the following types
You may be treated before or after surgery. Chemotherapy drugs can be given by mouth in pill or liquid form, or as an injection under the skin, but most are administered intravenously. Chemotherapy drugs have many side effects, ranging from mild to severe, which can sometimes be serious. Therefore, you need to discuss with your doctor about the benefits as well as the discomforts and risks that you will experience during chemotherapy.
Endocrine therapy drugs
Postoperative endocrine therapy is used for hormone receptor-positive cancers. You will be taking drugs such as Tamoxifen, Aromatase inhibitors for up to 5 or 10 years. Side effects of hormonal drugs are less than chemotherapy, but there can still be some unwanted events, if you experience discomfort while taking hormonal drugs, you need to tell your doctor right away.
Biologics or targeted drugs
This is a new drug now. About 25% of women with breast cancer have an epigenetic increase in the HER2 protein in the tumor, which causes your tumor to grow and spread very quickly. Biologic drugs that inhibit this protein slow cancer cell growth and make chemotherapy drugs more effective, so they are often used in combination with chemotherapy.
The drugs currently on the market are: Ado-trastuzumab emtansine (Kadcyla), lapatinib (Tykerb), neratinib (Nerlynx), pertuzumab (Perjeta), and trastuzumab (Herceptin).