What is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in the breast tissue. There are different types of breast cancer but ductal carcinoma is the most common. Breast cancer usually occurs in women over age 50, but can still occur in men.

Treatments for breast cancer include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, and hormonal therapy. Common drug classes used to treat breast cancer are androgens, alkylating drugs, aromatase inhibitors, estrogen agonist/antagonists, estrogens, gonadotropin releasing hormone agonists, HER2 receptor antagonists, kinase inhibitors, microtubule inhibitors, nucleoside metabolic inhibitors, and RANKL inhibitors.

Savings Tips for Breast Cancer

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    November 05, 2015

    This is where the treatment of cancer is going—along with the future of medicine. Targeted cancer therapies, also known as personalized medicine or precision medicine, are drugs that target a cancer’s specific genes, proteins, or the tissue environment that lead to the growth and spread of that cancer.
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    1. With targeted chemotherapy we use information about people’s genes and proteins to prevent, diagnose and treat disease.
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    In the last decade, billions of dollars have been spent to develop hundreds of new prescription drugs. While some drugs may not necessarily save lives (a prescription for longer eyelashes, anyone?), a handful of drugs have literally stopped major diseases in their tracks. Imagine that just ten years ago a patient might not be alive months or years after a diagnosis, whereas today a simple pill can cure or prevent a deadly disease. See More

  • High Costs Are Threatening Cancer Care

    September 23, 2014

    Many folks with cancer in the United States have a chemotherapy option their insurance won’t pay for, or a copayment they can’t afford. The American Society of Clinical Oncology released a report in 2014 outlining the threat of the high cost of treatment to cancer care in America.

    What’s going on here?

    • Cancer drugs are expensive, and Medicare reimbursement levels for them are lower.
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Popular Breast Cancer Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Antifolates 38 See Prices
Aromatase Inhibitors 12 See Prices
Estrogen Agonist/Antagonists 22 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Breast Cancer Drug Classes

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