The goal of metastatic breast cancer treatment is to prevent or slow cancer progression while easing symptoms and side effects. Your healthcare team will focus on reducing the amount of cancer in your body while supporting your well-being and quality of life.
With metastatic disease, it’s difficult to fully remove the cancer with surgery or medicine. New tumors may appear over time, or cells may stop responding to different treatments. Growth of tumors or spread of cancer is called progression. Decreases in tumor size or extent of cancer are known as regression. If a treatment stops working, you and your doctors will look at other options.
There are many treatment options for metastatic breast cancer, depending on the cancer type. These are
It’s always a good idea to ask your doctor about receiving treatment through a clinical trial. Participating in a clinical trial allows you access to treatments that may be more effective than currently FDA approved treatments. You can ask about clinical trials any time you are considering a new treatment.
There may be times when treatment or side effects could get in the way of enjoying a special event or trip that means a lot to you. You can always talk with your doctor about taking a break from treatment, sometimes called a treatment vacation, at times like this.
Treatment for metastatic breast cancer is ongoing, so it’s important to have a healthcare team that takes your concerns seriously. Visit our Questions to ask your oncologist page for questions you can ask, and guidance on how to make sure you’re getting the information you need.