There are many promising options for metastatic breast cancer treatment. Most are systemic, meaning that they target cancerous cells throughout the entire body, rather than in a single location. However, some patients also receive localized treatments, such as radiation therapy or – in rare instances – surgery to remove or destroy a particular accumulation of cells. This can be done to help improve a patient’s prognosis as well as his or her quality of life.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, we provide a comprehensive range of treatments for metastatic breast cancer. This includes:
- Chemotherapy, in which oral or intravenous medications are used to destroy cancerous cells throughout the body
- Radiation therapy, in which high-energy beams are aimed at (or implanted into) a tumor
- Hormone therapy, which blocks estrogen from reaching the cancerous cells that grow in response to estrogen exposure
- Immunotherapy, which uses targeted medications to promote an immune response against widespread cancer cells
- Traditional and minimally invasive surgery, which can be used to remove cancerous cells from the body
We also provide a variety of supportive care services to alleviate pain and counteract any side effects that might develop as a result of treatment, such as nausea or fatigue. Moffitt’s breast cancer treatment team also includes experienced social workers and other supportive care professionals who can help patients cope with the emotional, social and psychological effects of a late-stage cancer diagnosis.
To continually provide our patients with access to the newest and most effective therapies, we offer a robust portfolio of clinical trials through which our patients can access novel treatments before they are widely available in other settings. This can be particularly important for individuals with metastatic or late-stage breast cancer, whose treatment options might otherwise be limited by their diagnosis.
To learn more about metastatic breast cancer treatment at Moffitt, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online. We welcome patients with all types and stages of breast cancer.