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What are the treatment options for metastatic breast cancer?

What are the treatment options for metastatic breast cancer?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Female) (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast on an annual basis. ...Read more


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

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

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. ...Read more

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

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

We don't know: I encourage you to ask your doctor and alternative providers to work together. There are no guaranteed "cures" with either alternative or western medicine. However, therapies can complement each other, or they can counteract each other. You don't want that! some diets may inhibit cancer growth, and side effects may be relieved with alternative medicine. Be open and honest with all your docs! ...Read more

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Stage IV metastatic breast cancer and pleural effusion. What is treatment?

Stage IV metastatic breast cancer and pleural effusion. What is treatment?

It depends: Breast cancers come in many "flavors", and this will determine the treatment. Usually it's a form of chemotherapy given by mouth or by vein. Xeloda is given by mouth, and there are many intravenous chemotherapies. Sometimes hormone blocking medications are very effective if the cancer has the estrogen or Progesterone receptor on its surface. Herceptin (trastuzumab) is useful if it has her2 on its surface. ...Read more

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If i live beyond 5 years with bone only metastatic breast cancer, how long can the hormone therapy be taken?

If i live beyond 5 years with bone only metastatic breast cancer, how long can the hormone therapy be taken?

Forever: Breast cancer with bone metastasis hormonal therapy will not be discontinued even may need additional treatments to keep the tumor under control , speak to your oncologist. ...Read more

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Metastatic breast cancer usually spread to liver?

Metastatic breast cancer usually spread to liver?

It may: Breast cancer can metastascise to many organs. Regionally to the lymph nodes and distantly to other organs. More commonly to the bones, lung, liver, brain and other visceral structures in the abdomen or pelvis. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of metastatic breast cancer to other organs?

What is the survival rate of metastatic breast cancer to other organs?

Highly variable: Everyone is different, responds to treatments differently, has different cell types & different underlying medical conditions. Depends if bone or lung or liver involvement. Some patients can live for years & others may not. The patient's treating oncologist would be able to answer much better. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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My mom has metastatic breast cancer ?

My mom has metastatic breast cancer ?

Stage IV: I hope your mom is okay. Metastatic breast cancer is condition when the cancer has spread beyond the breast. It commonly spreads to the liver, lung, bones, brain. It is unfortunately an incurable disease-although it is treatable. Therapy will depend on the biology of the cancer and your mother's overall health condition and her preference. We do have chemo, targetted therapy, hormonal therapy ...Read more

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How effectice is Xeloda (capecitabine) for metastatic breast cancer?

Quite effective: Xeloda (capecitabine) is quite an effective drug and has been used in metastatic breast cancer. The response will be higher when it is combined with other chemotherapy agent- with additional possible side effects. Discuss further with you oncologist in detail. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Breast carcinoma is a type of cancer where this uncontrolled growth of breast cells. Symptoms can include breast lumps, pain, and weight ...Read more