Responses to treatment such as Ibrance and exemestane vary from person to person including the rate at which this may happen. We hear from many people who have responded well to this type of treatment. For some a response to treatment means the areas of their secondary breast cancer reduce in size, whilst in others they stay the same size.
Oncologists will often plan scans at around 3 months to assess the response to treatment. Another way of assessing this is monitoring how you’re feeling, if you have any new symptoms and how you’re managing day to day activities.
Some people may notice an improvement in how they feel quite soon after treatment starts, for others this may take longer.
You might find it helpful to connect with others here on the Forum to ask about their experiences of the treatment you are having. We have a secondary breast cancer online discussion forum including a private chat group for sharing information and support. There is also a weekly Live chat session which runs on Tuesdays at 8.30-9.30pm.
Do call our Helpline if you would like to talk this through or have any further questions. Your call will be confidential, and the number is free from UK landlines and all mobile networks. The number is 0808 800 6000, (Relay UK-prefix 18001).
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