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Extra info for 100 questions & answers about advanced and metastatic breast cancer
When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I was treated with adjuvant chemotherapy. Will I get the same drugs again? Micrometastases Small numbers of cancer cells that have spread from the primary tumor to other parts of the body and are too few to be picked up in a screening or diagnostic test. When you got adjuvant chemotherapy, the hope was that it would eradicate all of the micrometastases that were in your body. Unfortunately, that did not work, and those seeds have now grown into obvious metastases.
Unfortunately, no. Liver transplants are more for treatment of disease in the liver that is not cancer related. Medicines are needed to treat cancer that has spread to the liver. When the cancer in the liver is limited to just one small area, there may be other options (refer to page 100). Sometimes when the cancer is in one specific spot and is relatively small, it can be surgically treated, including when it is found to be in the brain. indb 25 8/20/08 12:32:28 PM 1 0 0 Q & A A bout A dvanced and M etastatic B reast C ancer 22.
No, the concern isn’t about breast cancer still being in your breast. The surgery or radiation that you had 3 years ago took care of that. The issue now is treating the disease that has spread elsewhere. The time has come for systemic treatment, which is treatment that will travel throughout your body no matter where the cancer cells may have gone. Medicines are used to treat disease when it has spread. If you are experiencing bone pain, radiation may also be given to shrink a specific area where a tumor exists that is pressing on nerves causing the pain.