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A 32-year-old female asked:

With metastic breast cancer (skeleton/no organ) moving into the csf, what is the prognosis? how much time is likely if it stays out of brain?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
It depends: When metastatic breast cancer spreads to the csf, this is carcinomatous meningitis. The diagnosis is made by spinal tap analysis of CSF and by mri. Prognosis is dependent on the molecular markers on the breast cancer, the overall status of the metastatic disease (ie. How widespread) and the response to the chemotherapy. Treatment of the CSF is with intrathecal chemotherapy.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Bone only: Breast cancer can cause pain, can respond to hormonal, chemo- and radio-therapy. No one knows what's next, how long, or how well survival is from this point forward, but there are no curative approaches.

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