Metastatic Breast Cancer
Learning of a diagnosis of metastatic disease is often accompanied by fear, uncertainty and difficulty with treatment decision making. While we have no treatments guaranteed to cure metastatic breast cancer, many women live many years, treating breast cancer as a chronic illness and responding variably to systemic therapies. In addition to standard recommended treatments, there are numerous clinical trials.
There are new therapies under investigation for metastatic breast cancer using new chemotherapy drugs or older drugs in combination with new hormonal therapies. There are new developments in preventing further metastases (antiangiogenesis), vaccine research, alternative delivery systems for older chemotherapy agents and interruption of the genetic "turning on" of breast cancer development.
Each woman reacts differently, but it is generally true that women need both information and emotional support and benefit greatly from advocacy on their behalf.
Metastatic Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
Our team of doctors and health care providers will work with you individually to address your personal medical concerns and to determine a treatment plan that meets your medical needs. In addition, the Breast Care Center offers support and wellness services to help you manage the emotional and lifestyle challenges that you may face.
To make an appointment with one of our doctors, please call (415) 353-7070.
- Art for Recovery
- Breast Cancer Decision Services
- Patient and Family Cancer Support Center
- Complementary Medicine
- Consultations, such as with a nutritionist or psychiatrist
- Friend to Friend Gift Shop
At the UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center, we hope to provide you with information and support that will enable you to experiment and to explore ways of feeling better that best match you and your needs.
Below you will find links to some of the educational information contained within our website that is applicable for individuals with metastatic breast cancer. In addition further information can be gathered at our Patient and Family Cancer Support Center or by talking with your doctor.
Breast Cancer Self-Care and Recovery:
- Introduction to Lifestyle Change
- Nutrition and Breast Cancer
- Hydration: Water and Health
- Exercise Program
- Guided Imagery
- Sexuality and Breast Cancer
Clinical trials are formal, controlled studies to test the effectiveness of new treatments, including drugs, types of intervention or combinations of therapy. If you are interested in obtaining more information on specific breast cancer clinical trials, visit the clinical trials sections of the following websites:
Information also is available on the National Cancer Institute's CancerNet, where you will find access to PDQ, the NCI-sponsored database of clinical trials nationwide.
Note: Information here is presented as an educational service to doctors and patients. It should not be interpreted as providing medical advice or be used for the diagnosis or treatment of cancer or any other health problem. Enrollment in a clinical trial is based on satisfying eligibility criteria. Final determination for inclusion in a study is made solely at the discretion of the principal investigator.
Navigating Your Path to Breast Care:
- Navigating Your Path to Breast Care: I am Concerned About Breast Cancer
- Navigating Your Path to Breast Care: I Have a Lump or Abnormal Mammogram
- Navigating Your Path to Breast Care: I Am Newly Diagnosed With Breast Cancer
- Navigating Your Path to Breast Care: I Have Metastatic Breast Cancer
- Navigating Your Path to Breast Care: I Am in Follow-Up
- Navigating Your Path to Breast Care: I Would Like a Second Opinion
UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.
Basic Facts About Breast Health
Learn basic facts about breast structure and function and how to differentiate between the different types and stages of breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Glossary
Check out our comprehensive Glossary of Breast Cancer terminology, which includes definitions of everything from AC chemotherapy to peripheral neuropathy.
Breast Cancer Risk Factors
Click now to find a summary of the factors that increase risk for developing breast cancer, including both factors that we cannot change and those we can.
Self-Care and Recovery
Self-Care and recovery resources including an Introduction to Lifestyle Change, Nutrition and Breast Cancer, Hydration: Water and Health, Meditation and more.
Breast reconstruction, surgery to rebuild a breast's shape, is often an option after mastectomy and is covered by some health insurance plans. Learn more now.
Follow-Up Care for Breast Cancer Patients
After patients have completed treatment for early stage breast cancer, one of the common questions is, "How should I best be monitored?" Learn more here.
Mastectomy: Instructions Before Surgery
The following information will help you prepare for your upcoming Mastectomy surgery. If you have any questions, please contact the Breast Care Center staff.
Mastectomy: Instructions After Surgery
Post Mastectomy surgery instructions including, pain management, incision and dressing care, activity, diet, follow-up care and more.
Menopause and Breast Cancer
Breast cancer treatment often causes women to enter menopause prematurely. Although each woman reacts to therapy individually, certain side effects are common.
Metastatic Breast Cancer: Diagnosis and Treatment
Metastatic breast cancer is cancer that originated in the breast and has spread to other organ systems in the body. Learn more here.
Osteoporosis and Breast Cancer
Women who have had breast cancer or are considered at high risk for developing breast cancer are at risk for developing osteoporosis. Learn more.
Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer
The UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center and the Department of Radiation Oncology have compiled information about radiation therapy for your convenience.
Knowledge may lead you to take action to protect your health and that of other women you care about: your mother, daughters, relatives and friends. Learn more.