Advanced Breast Cancer

The Latest Advances in Treating Advanced Breast Cancer

Advanced breast cancer is a more advanced form of the disease, which has either spread beyond the breast to other organs or parts of the body—such as the lymph nodes, lungs, liver, and bone, or the breast cancer cells can’t be detected by imaging tests. Advanced breast cancer is also referred to as metastatic breast cancer, or stage IV breast cancer. Unfortunately, advanced breast cancer is not curable, but treatments are available to help reduce symptoms, slow the cancer’s progression, and extend a person’s lifespan.

Fortunately, there are many advances in treatments available for advanced breast cancer. Here are some of the most promising treatments currently available:

  • Immunotherapy: Immunotherapy involves boosting the body’s natural immune system to recognize and fight cancer cells. It can often be used along with chemotherapy to improve outcomes.
  • Targeted Therapy: Targeted therapy works by targeting specific genes and proteins in cancer cells to stop their growth and spread. It may be used in conjunction with chemotherapy and hormonal therapy for better results.
  • Radiation Therapy: Radiation therapy is used to kill or shrink cancer cells in targeted areas of the body. It is often used to treat advanced breast cancer that has spread to the bones.
  • Hormonal Therapy: Hormonal therapy is used to stop or slow the growth of cancer cells that rely on female hormones (estrogen and progesterone) to grow.
  • Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses drugs to kill cancer cells or stop them from growing. It is often used in combination with other treatments for advanced breast cancer.

Living with advanced breast cancer can be difficult, but with the right treatment and support, individuals can lead a fulfilling life. Keeping up with the latest advances in treatments can be very helpful as well. Resources such as the American Cancer Society or clinical trials available through local healthcare providers can be a source for the latest news and advances in treatments.