Metastatic breast cancer diagnosis and treatment

Learning you’ve been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer can be overwhelming and intensely emotional. We want you to know that we’re here for you — and we’re in it with you. On these pages, you can find information about what it all means so you can make empowered decisions about what you want. We’ll explain how metastatic breast cancer happens and how subtypes of metastatic breast cancer affect treatment options. You can also find information about frequently prescribed treatments: hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, radiation therapy, and immunotherapy. And we’ll explain the potential benefits of getting treatment through a clinical trial.

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I try to practice gratitude, to stay in this headspace. There are so many different things to worry about, to ruminate about, to focus on. When I focus on gratitude and work on EMBRACING what cancer has brought to us, everything is better.
 
 

 

What are the latest advancements in treating metastatic breast cancer?

Precision medicine uses information from your breast cancer to select the most effective treatment. Newer treatment options in metastatic breast cancer include CDK 4/6 inhibitors, immunotherapy, antibody-drug conjugates, and other medicines that target specific features in cancer cells.

Does metastatic breast cancer usually spread to a specific part of the body first?

The most common locations for breast cancer metastases are the liver, bones, lungs, and brain.

Can metastatic cancer go into remission?

Metastatic breast cancer is not considered curable, but there can be periods where tests show no evidence of disease, often called NED. Reaching NED may not always be possible. It's also possible to have times when the cancer does not grow, called stable disease.

Can I use alternative medicine instead of conventional therapy for metastatic breast cancer?

Living Beyond Breast Cancer does not support or recommend alternative medicine, which is used in place of standard medical care. The best approach to cancer care includes managing side effects, with or without complementary or integrative therapies, in addition to conventional care from your doctors.