Latest Treatment Options in HR+/HER2- Advanced Breast Cancer in Postmenopausal Women

Peter A. Kaufman, MD


February 16, 2021

Hormone-positive (HR+)/human epidermal growth factor receptor 2–negative (HER2-) breast cancer is not curable, but it can have an indolent course that can be controlled for many years with effective treatment.

For postmenopausal women with HR+ breast cancers, the standard of care is endocrine therapy such as exemestane, anastrozole, tamoxifen, or fulvestrant.

In the first-line setting, endocrine therapy may be given alone. In advanced or metastatic disease, endocrine therapy may be combined with one of several newer treatment options, most notably CDK4/6 inhibitors.

Dr Peter Kaufman, of the University of Vermont Cancer Center, takes us through the latest evidence underlining the benefit of CDK4/6 inhibitors in terms of both progression-free and overall survival.

He also outlines the key research questions relating to the use of these drugs, including whether biomarkers can be identified to allow better patient selection.

Finally, Dr Kaufman discusses other therapeutic options for HR+/HER2- advanced breast cancer, such as CDK4/6 inhibitors combined with alpelisib or everolimus, and the emerging use of selective estrogen receptor degraders.


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