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A 24-year-old member asked:

What are the treatment options for metastatic breast cancer?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
Varies: Treatment for metastatic breast cancer is aimed at delaying the progression of the disease, prolonging life, relieving any symptoms caused by the cancer, and improving daily quality of life. Chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and monoclonal antibody therapies can all be used to achieve this depending on the type of breast cancer. For detailed information please visit www.Cancer.Org.
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
It Depends: It depends on the "personality" of the cancer, ie whether it has the estrogen receptor, Progesterone receptor, or her2. It also depends on where the cancer is. Er+ cancer that has spread only to bone can often be treated with anti-estrogen pills alone, while cancer in the liver, lungs or brain often requires chemotherapy. Women can live for years with metastatic breast cancer.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

What is the best treatment for metastatic breast cancer? How about alternative treatments?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
It depends: There is not a "best" treatment, as metastatic breast cancers are different. The best treatment will take into account past treatment, current symptoms, and the subtype of breast cancer (er, pr and her2 status) as well as the location of tumors. Usually chemo or biologic therapy is necessary. Alternative treatments like mushrooms may have anti-cancer effects, but more studies are needed.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
A lot depends on what you hae already had chemo wise, and what is known about ER, PR, Her-2-neu. Some think Bx of met provides new data about receptors too.
May 21, 2012
A 30-year-old member asked:

What is the best alternative treatment for someone with metastatic breast cancer?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 23 years experience
Standard regimen: I am not sure what you mean by "alternative" but many of our current treatments-chemotherapy and hormonal therapy are good for treating breast cancer. There are complimentary treatments (acupuncture, reiki, to name a few) that can be used along with standard therapy but should never be used solely "to cure cancer" these have not gone through the rigorous fda standards.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What is metastatic breast cancer?

4 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. George T Tsai
General Surgery 27 years experience
Cancer spread: In later stages of breast cancer, the disease is no longer confined to the breast. When breast cancer is found in bone, brain, lung and/or liver - it is call metastatic breast cancer.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for breast cancer?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Multimodal Rx: The primary treatment for most breast cancers is surgery, either mastectomy or lumpectomy; if one chooses lumpectomy, they will also require radiation therapy. Depending on the stage of the cancer, chemotherapy may be indicated. This may be given as a pill and/or IV medication, depending on tumor-specific factors.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What exactly is metastatic breast cancer?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
Distal Spread: Metastasis occurs when a cancer spreads outside of its organ of origin. Therefore metastatic breast cancer is when breast cancer has spread to involve other organs outside of the breast such as the lymph nodes, liver, lung, etc.

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