Metastatic disease is often treated with multiple therapies including hormone and chemotherapies, surgery, and radiation. In this video, you’ll learn learn about the treatment options available and what happens if your tumor stops responding to treatment.
[00:00:07] Narrator: Treating metastatic disease is a multi-faceted and ongoing process. What therapies you receive will depend on the type of breast cancer you have, and where it is spread in your body.
[00:00:18] Dr. Susan Love: Both of these things can change over time. Don’t be surprised if your doctor wants to do a biopsy or send you for more tests.
[00:00:25] Narrator: You may undergo a variety of treatments for your cancer. They can include hormone and chemotherapies, as well as targeted drugs such as those that work against HER2-positive tumors.
[00:00:35] Dr. Susan: Don’t be surprised if your doctor recommends more than one kind of treatment. Each therapy targets a different part of the tumor.
[00:00:43] Narrator: Surgery and radiation are common tools used to remove, eradicate or shrink the metastatic tumor. They may also help if you’re experiencing pain or other symptoms. Immunotherapy is a new and exciting area of treatment that is currently being explored through clinical trials. It works by changing how the immune cells behave so they can kill tumor cells. If your cancer stops responding to your current treatment plan, clinical trials of new drugs maybe your best bet. Ask your doctor about any new trials that may target the type of cancer you have to see if you qualify.
[00:01:17] Dr. Susan: A palliative care specialist is an important part of your team. They work with your other doctors to help you manage your pain and other collateral damage caused by treatments and your disease.
[00:01:27] Narrator: Your doctors will monitor you closely during your treatments. They’ll watch to see how you respond to determine if/or when you may need a new therapy. Don’t become discouraged by the complexity and quantity of treatments. Today, we have many tools available to keep you feeling as good as possible.
[00:01:47] Dr. Susan: The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation is dedicated to a future without breast cancer. We do this through innovative research into the cause and prevention of the disease. We ask you to join us at drsusanloveresearch.org. You can participate in our research, you can support our research, because if we all work together, we can be the generation that ends breast cancer.