Metastatic Breast Cancer Treatment Can Improve Symptoms and Overall Quality of Life
Metastatic breast cancer treatment is most often provided in order to minimize the negative effects of its symptoms and improve the quality of, as well as extend the patient¡¯s life. This is because once breast cancer has metastasized, or spread to other areas in the body, such as the lungs or liver, it is not generally able to be fully cured. Because of this prognosis, it is important for individuals to check for the symptoms of breast cancer and have regular screenings performed in the attempt to discover the condition before it can spread. The usual symptoms of breast cancer often include nipple pain, skin irritation, swelling or pain in the breasts, redness and scaliness. Any patients experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate treatment from a medical professional.
Treatment for breast cancer that has metastasized often includes:
- surgery, which can provide localized treatment through removing tumors as well as correct other potential complications, such as a compressed spinal cord.
- radiation therapy, which is often used to treat localized areas of metastatic tumors.
- hormone therapy, such as letrozole, palbociclib, or tamoxifen, which can be used for patients experiencing hormone receptor-positive cancers.
- chemotherapy, most often used for patients whose cancer is causing immediate and severe complications due to its spread or for individuals with cancers that are hormone receptor-negative.
- clinical trials, which not only have the potential to offer more effective treatment for certain patients with advanced conditions, but also to discover new methods of treatment for future patients.
Patients can seek diagnosis and treatment for metastatic breast cancer at Tampa General Hospital. We have a multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists and other medical professionals who are highly experienced in providing compassionate care and individualized cancer treatment.