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If one has slow-growing metastatic breast cancer will the anti-cancer drugs make the cancer more aggressive?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Treatment

Does not alter biologic behavior. Mets are never good.
Some argue to re-biopsy to recheck re-ceptors (er, pr her-2-neu): the cells that metastasize may be different from those at outset. Best gauge is time from DX to relapse for "slow". Bony only and er+ usually fit this pattern. Cytotoxic chemo does not change growth or met potential, but cancers themselves can mutate to more aggressive type.

In brief: Treatment

Does not alter biologic behavior. Mets are never good.
Some argue to re-biopsy to recheck re-ceptors (er, pr her-2-neu): the cells that metastasize may be different from those at outset. Best gauge is time from DX to relapse for "slow". Bony only and er+ usually fit this pattern. Cytotoxic chemo does not change growth or met potential, but cancers themselves can mutate to more aggressive type.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy or anti-cancer medications are used to kill cancer cells.
It is important to complete your prescribed regimen according to your medical oncologist.

In brief: Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy or anti-cancer medications are used to kill cancer cells.
It is important to complete your prescribed regimen according to your medical oncologist.
Dr. Regina Hampton
Dr. Regina Hampton
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
EVentually the chemotherapy will select for resistant cells that may be more aggressive, but in the meantime you are likely to enjoy many healthy and happy years. I hope this is what you want -- and that you can find ways to fill them with purpose and meaning.
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