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what exactly is metastatic breast cancer?

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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.
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Stage 4 Cancer: Metastatic breast cancer is cancer that started in the breast, but has spread into other places like the liver, lung, bones or brain. It is also called stage 4 breast cancer. It is not usually curable, but many women live with metastatic breast cancer for years with ongoing treatment.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
Distant disease: Metastatic breast cancer refers to breast cancer cells that have traveled from the breast through the lymphatic system to distant locations in the body.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what exactly is metastatic breast cancer?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Cancer 'elsewhere': Metastatic cancer is cancer that has spread from its organ of origin to another part of the body. For example, the most common sites of metastases for breast cancer are the lungs, liver, and bone. Most breast cancers, when caught early and treated in a timely manner, do not ever spread to other organs.
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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.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What does metastatic breast cancer really mean?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Cancer has spread: Metastatic, or stage 4 breast cancer, means the cancer has spread into other places in the body. Breast cancer at this stage can be treated, sometimes for 10 or more years depending on the type, but it cannot be cured.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what is the life expectancy of metastatic breast cancer?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
It varies.: In general, less than 20% of women diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer will be alive 5 years after their diagnosis. However, this statistic may vary quite a bit depending on which organs the cancer has spread to and which drugs the cancer may be sensitive to.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Why is metastatic breast cancer difficult to treat?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
It's not: There are many treatments for metastatic breast cancer which can control it for years. Although it can be treated, it is rarely cured. That is because cancer cells are constantly mutating, so treatments lose effectiveness. Metastatic breast cancer requires constant treatment with either hormone therapy, chemotherapy, or biologic therapy. Treatments are changed as they lose effectiveness.

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