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Guiding You Through Your Metastatic Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Treatment Considerations

Choosing a treatment is a very important decision. You have options, and your doctor has information that may help. Take time to talk with your doctor about treatment decisions as well as any questions you or your loved ones may have. Having a meaningful conversation can help make a difference.

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What To Consider

When choosing a treatment, you may have questions about its effectiveness, potential side effects, and even changes that it may have on your lifestyle. All are good starting points for a discussion with your doctor—one that can lead to the treatment that’s right for you.

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Know Your Subtype

Knowing your subtype is important because there are different types of mBC. Your doctor can give you a test and, based on the results, tell you which type of metastatic breast cancer you have.

Learn which type of breast cancer IBRANCE® is for.

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Partner With Your Doctor

As you begin to weigh options, be sure that your voice is heard and your questions are answered. You play a central role in your treatment decision so it's vital that your doctor knows what’s important to you and understands your goals. The decision-making process is one shared between you and your healthcare team. Working together can help you make informed choices.

Veronica’s Diagnosis Story

Take a moment to hear how Veronica, an IBRANCE Ambassador, felt about her mBC diagnosis and the importance of advocating for yourself.

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Ambassadors were asked to share their personal stories about IBRANCE. All content was accurate at the time of publication and may have since changed.

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Tips & Support

“What now?” That may have been one of your first thoughts after receiving an mBC diagnosis. Allowing yourself time to process the diagnosis and organize your thoughts is vital. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, there are steps you can take that may help lead to better moments.

Download the following Tips Sheet, which is designed to help support you as you manage your diagnosis:

Newly Diagnosed Tips Sheet

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Tips and supportive resources you can print or email to yourself and loved ones.

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Newly Diagnosed FAQs

What does hormone receptor-positive mean?
Hormone receptor-positive (HR+) is a subtype of breast cancer that includes both ER+ and/or PR+ subtypes and grows in response to two different hormones—estrogen and/or progesterone. If your cancer grows in response to the hormone estrogen, your cancer could also be called estrogen receptor-positive (ER+). If your cancer grows in response to the hormone progesterone, it could be called progesterone receptor-positive (PR+).
What is a CDK 4/6 inhibitor?

A CDK 4/6 inhibitor is a type of treatment that works to disrupt the activity of cell growth and division by preventing certain proteins (called CDK 4 and CDK 6) from telling the cell that it needs to grow and divide.

IBRANCE is in a class of drugs called CDK 4/6 inhibitors that work to put the brakes on cell growth and division in both healthy and cancer cells. This helps slow the progression of cancer, but it can also cause side effects, some of which are serious. Please see the Important Safety Information to learn more.

Is there something I could have done to prevent getting metastatic breast cancer?
No. Breast cancer can spread regardless of treatment or preventative measures taken.
Is there any financial assistance available to help cover the cost of IBRANCE?
Yes, Pfizer Oncology Together will help you find financial assistance options for your prescribed IBRANCE, including a co-pay savings program for eligible, commercially insured patients. Limits, terms, and conditions apply. We can also help identify resources if you have Medicare, another government insurance plan, or don’t have health insurance.
Are support resources available to my caregivers?
Yes. After all, they can play a vital role in your treatment. Guidance, tips, suggestions, and more are available to your caregivers. Check out our resources here.

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Talking With Friends and Family About Your Diagnosis

It’s understandable that those who care for you will also want to learn more about your diagnosis. Discussing your diagnosis with friends and family isn’t always easy, but it can be helpful—for you and for them.

It’s important to remember that your story is yours alone. How you choose to tell it is entirely up to you. Share as much or as little as you are comfortable with, and only as you see fit.

Additional insights and advice are available. See Tips On Living With mBC.

For Those Newly Prescribed IBRANCE

The sections below offer information specifically helpful to those who have been newly prescribed IBRANCE as well as to those who care for them.

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