Metastatic Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is considered metastatic when it has spread outside of the breast tissue.
Diagnosis of Metastatic Breast Cancer
Metastatic breast cancer is diagnosed when you have clinical symptoms or if imaging studies show it has spread to other sites. The current guidelines do not require full-body computed tomography (CT) scans to check for metastatic breast cancer in early stage breast cancers. Your physician may order further tests to check for metastasis if your tumor is large or you have other symptoms and/or laboratory data that may indicate spread of the disease.
Treatment for Metastatic Breast Cancer
The first step in treating metastatic breast cancer is systemic therapy (chemotherapy or endocrine/hormone therapy). There are many new medications available. After systemic therapy, your physicians may decide to proceed with surgery, if they deem the benefits of surgery outweigh the risks.
Finding a Physician for Advanced Breast Cancer
Mercy Health System and Mercy Cancer Centers offer many Cancer treatment options close to your home. Call 1.877.GO MERCY to find the location and doctor convenient to you.