New oral medications for advanced breast cancer?

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Question from KayD: Are there new oral drugs available for advanced breast cancer (besides Xeloda)?
Answers - Nicholas Robert, M.D. In terms of chemotherapy agents, the answer is no. The good news about Xeloda is that in the trial that was presented at ASCO, when you combine Xeloda (chemical name: capecitabine) with Avastin, you improve the outcome of these patients with better outcome of their cancer. So Xeloda -- which is attractive because it not associated with nausea or hair loss -- now appears to be a better drug when you combine it with Avastin.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Updates From the 2009 ASCO Annual Meeting featured Nick Robert, M.D. and Beth Baughman Dupree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions about the newest findings on risk, screening, treatment, and more.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in June 2009.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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