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AstraZeneca and Breast Cancer Support

Understanding Breast Cancer:

A Guidebook for Patients and Families

Read this informative guide to learn more about metastatic breast cancer and the different kinds of treatments currently available.

Breast Cancer Guidebook for Patients and FamiliesDownload the Guidebook (PDF)

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More resources for breast cancer patients and caregivers

AstraZeneca provides information and support to breast cancer patients and their families through its research, outreach, and advocacy programs. Below, you’ll find a list of resources and extra support for those living with breast cancer.

This physician-founded organization offers information about treatment options and post-treatment care, 24-hour chat rooms, the latest research news, and more. It also offers occasional online conferences with breast cancer experts and images of different forms of breast cancer.


Breast Cancer Action

Breast Cancer Action

This site has information on how to take action to help put an end to breast cancer. It also includes suggestions for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer as well as details pertaining to membership and support.


Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Living Beyond Breast Cancer

This organization provides current news about breast cancer and relevant clinical research studies through its Web site, patient networking conferences, and interactive teleconferences with experts on myriad breast cancer issues. The site also offers empowering stories about women living with breast cancer, as well as message boards.


Susan G. Komen For The Cure

Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

This foundation is dedicated to eradicating breast cancer as a life-threatening disease through research, education, screening, and treatment. It raises awareness and funds for breast cancer research with its annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure events across the country. Services include a toll-free "helpline" (1-877-GO KOMEN) staffed by trained volunteers. The foundation also funds research and other cancer-related programs.


Extra support

AZ and Me

AZ Patient Assistance Programs

The AstraZeneca Patient Assistance Program is committed to helping patients get access to their medication. There are currently 3 different programs available for those needing assistance, including AZ&MeTM, Medicare Part D, and a clinic finder for anyone in search of a participating location. Learn more online, or call 1-800-AZandMe (292-6363).


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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM)

The NBCAM organization is comprised of several public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working in partnership to build breast cancer awareness, share information, and provide access to screening services. NBCAM provides resources for patients, survivors, caregivers, and the general public.

Find out more at


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American Cancer Society Navigator

This program provides women living with breast cancer personal guides to help them navigate the psychological, emotional, and financial challenges of cancer. Support may be provided by a former hospital employee, an oncology social worker, an oncology nurse, a nurse practitioner, or a chaplain. To learn more, visit or call 1-800-ACS-2345 and ask for a Navigator in your community.


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American Cancer Society Hope Lodge

The American Cancer Society offers free, temporary housing facilities to cancer patients undergoing treatment through 22 Hope Lodges. They also provide a home-like nurturing environment, so patients can get support from others just like them.

Find more information about the Boston Hope Lodge and the Philadelphia Hope Lodge at their Web sites.

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Important Safety Information About ARIMIDEX

  • Prescription ARIMIDEX is only for postmenopausal women. ARIMIDEX should not be taken if you are pregnant because it may harm your unborn child. Do not take ARIMIDEX if you are allergic to any of its ingredients
  • Based on information from a study in patients with early breast cancer, women with a history of blockages in heart arteries (ischemic heart disease) who take ARIMIDEX may have a slight increase in this type of heart disease compared to similar patients who take tamoxifen
  • ARIMIDEX can cause bone softening/weakening (osteoporosis) increasing the chance of fractures. In a clinical study in early breast cancer, there were more fractures (including fractures of the spine, hip, and wrist) with ARIMIDEX (10%) than with tamoxifen (7%)
  • In a clinical study in early breast cancer, some patients taking ARIMIDEX had an increase in cholesterol. Skin reactions, allergic reactions, and changes in blood tests of liver function have also been reported
  • In the early breast cancer clinical trial, the most common side effects seen with ARIMIDEX include hot flashes, joint symptoms (including arthritis and arthralgia), weakness, mood changes, pain, back pain, sore throat, nausea and vomiting, rash, depression, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, fractures, swelling of arms/legs, insomnia, and headache
  • In advanced breast cancer trials, the most common side effects seen with ARIMIDEX versus tamoxifen include hot flashes, nausea, decreased energy and weakness, pain, back pain, headache, bone pain, increased cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and swelling of arms and legs. Joint pain/stiffness has been reported in association with the use of ARIMIDEX
  • ARIMIDEX should not be taken with tamoxifen or estrogen-containing therapies

Approved Uses for ARIMIDEX

ARIMIDEX is approved for adjuvant treatment (treatment following surgery with or without radiation) of postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive early breast cancer.

ARIMIDEX is approved for the initial treatment of postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive or hormone receptor-unknown locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer and for the treatment of postmenopausal women with advanced breast cancer that has progressed following treatment with tamoxifen. Patients with hormone receptor-negative disease and patients who did not previously respond to tamoxifen therapy rarely responded to ARIMIDEX.

For more information, see your doctor.

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The information on this Web site should not take the place of talking with your doctor or health care professional. If you have any questions about your condition, or if you would like more information about ARIMIDEX, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Only you and your health care professional can decide if ARIMIDEX is right for you.