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Stage Four Breast Cancer

Dr. Elizabeth Comen Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Stage four breast cancer means that your cancer has now spread to distant areas of the body. It is no longer regionalized to the breast. And while there is no cure for metastatic breast cancer, doctors have a lot of options to treat this stage of advanced disease. These include hormone therapy, chemotherapy and targeted drugs. Sometimes surgery and/or radiation is considered.

With advanced disease, the goal of treatment is to keep you as stable as possible, slow the tumor growth and improve your quality of life.

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Dr. Elizabeth Comen serves as a medical advisor to SurvivorNet. She is a medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Read More