Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Options Stage 4

Treatment for stage 4 breast cancer:

  • Destruction of the ovaries with surgery, radiation or drugs
  • Herceptin and paclitaxel clinical trial if tumor is overexpressing HER2/neu gene
  • Hormone therapy if hormone receptor positive
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgery usually only to control pain
  • Systemic chemotherapy (now considered to be the standard of care)

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Last Updated: Oct 12, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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