The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Verzenio (abemaciclib) for use in combination with a hormonal therapy for initial treatment of postmenopausal women with hormone receptor (HR)-positive, HER2-negative advanced or metastatic breast cancer.
Until recently, Herceptin, which is used to treat patients with metastatic breast cancer, was fully covered under Humana’s South Florida Medicare Advantage plans. But, after taking it off the preferred drug list, patients will now be responsible for 20 percent of the drug’s cost, better aligning South Florida’s plans with Humana’s other Medicare Advantage plans.
Lynparza (olaparib) was granted approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of patients with BRCA-positive, HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer who have previously received chemotherapy. Also, patients who have HR-positive disease should have prior endocrine therapy or they would not be considered appropriate for such treatment.
Adam M. Brufsky, MD, PhD, and Lynn Acierno, BSN, RN, OCN, RN-BC, discuss stabilized disease in metastatic breast cancer and reinforce the value in routine scans, tumor marker tests, and regular follow up with clinicians.