Treatment holidays most likely to be safe for HER2-positive and/or hormone receptor-positive advanced breast cancer

Treatment holidays, where therapy is temporarily stopped, are something that those living with advanced breast cancer sometimes have to contemplate. Perhaps there is an important occasion coming up – a wedding or other family celebration, or an overseas trip – where the side effects of the treatment would interfere with enjoyment of the occasion. In discussing this with their oncologist, it’s important to take into account the current evidence – for or against – taking treatment holidays.

Here's BCAC’s report of a talk on this topic at the recent ABC7 international advanced breast cancer conference:

Managing lymphoedema

Many patients with advanced breast cancer develop lymphoedema either after surgery or as a result of cancer itself.