What is Metastatic Breast Cancer and How is it Treated?

Northwestern Medicine
Cancer Care/Oncology September 19, 2014
Most people don’t consider breast cancer to be a disease that spreads to different parts of the body, but that is exactly what happens when breast cancer becomes metastatic. Even after breast cancer – or any other kind of cancer – has spread to a new part of the body, such as the liver or lungs, the cancer is still referred by the part of the body where the cancer started. The nature of metastatic breast cancer makes it a difficult disease to treat.

However, according to William J. Gradishar, MD, director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University’s Maggie Daley Center for Women's Cancer Care at Northwestern Memorial’s Prentice Women’s Hospital, new developments in testing and treatments are extending and improving the lives of patients with metastatic breast cancer, even when the cancer is not curable.
Want to learn more about these developments and get information about other breast cancer care news? Attend the free Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Town Hall on October 19, 2014. Gradishar will be the event moderator for the town hall and will also present on the topic of metastatic breast cancer at the Metastatic Meet Up, which will take place on the morning of October 19, before the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Town Hall.

To learn about the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Town Hall and to register, visit http://cancer.northwestern.edu/townhall/.
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