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A 49-year-old female asked:

If you have metastatic breast cancer can you have surgery to remove the breast?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 65 years experience
Surgery needed: Even inn face of metastatic disease removal of primary eliminales clones that can metastasize ot other sites. Once primary is gone, proper therapy, whether RT alone or in combination with chemo and hormone therapy an be decided upon.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What is metastatic breast cancer?

4 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. George T Tsai
General Surgery 28 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 34-year-old member asked:

What exactly is metastatic breast cancer?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 18 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.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for metastatic breast cancer?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Many possibilities: Mri, pet scan, bone scan, x-rays, blood chemistry, etc.
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
Specializes in Radiology
An important part of the work up for breast cancer includes breast mri. This can be useful at detecting additional breast cancer which is not visible on mammogram or ultrasound. It is also helpful at assessing the lymph nodes.
May 27, 2012
A 48-year-old member asked:

How can metastatic breast cancer progress?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Metatstatic: Metastatic means cancer cells spreading or moving to other sites. Breast cancer cells can spread via lymphatics to lymph nodes. Breast cancer cells can spread via the blood stream to other sites such as bone, lung, liver, etc.

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Last updated Apr 27, 2016


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