Sometimes, things do not go as we like and breast cancer returns in a different site from the breast - a metastatic site. It's what patients all fear with each little ache and pain, and what your oncologist looks for at each follow up visit. Less common these days is the patient who presents with metastatic disease at the outset - this can be seen with a very aggressive breast cancer, or with a patient who sometimes delays seeking treatment for a primary tumor which has time to develop overt metastases.
Sadly, metastatic breast cancer remains incurable and while some progress has been made we have a lot more room to go.
The identification of HER2 as a therapeutic target and the development of Herceptin - a targeted therapy against HER2 positive breast cancer - has probably been the greatest contribution to metastatic disease in the past ten years.
Metastatic breast cancer can recur in any organ, but most commonly returns in the bone, lung or liver. The "bone on...
Considering that it kills about 40,000 people in the United States every year, remarkably little is known about metastatic breast cancer (MBC). About 1 in 3 of the women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer will progress to have it, or is that 1 in 5? Estimates on how many women are currently living with MBC range from 150,000 to 250,000. The way breast cancer statistics are collected in this country makes it hard to get accurate numbers.
Pfizer Oncology is trying to add to the body of knowledge about MBC by looking at the opinions of MBC patients, the knowledge of the general public about the disease, and how patients and their doctors communicate about it.
In 2009, they conducted a study of women with MBC and found that 38 per cent fear talking openly about their disease, and 48 per cent find that their friends and family have trouble discussing the disease with them. Perhaps the women in the study had the same experience as some of m...
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