Treating metastatic breast cancer can be different than
treating early-stage breast cancer. Most patients I see with metastatic breast
cancer were diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer and then experienced a recurrence,
although a minority are diagnosed for the first time with metastatic cancer. I
often tell my newly diagnosed patients that since metastatic breast cancer treatment
is going to be a new experience for them, they’ll need to be comfortable
relying on their support system and asking for help if they need it.
Fortunately, thanks to recent treatment advances, many of my patients with
late-stage breast cancers respond well to therapies and live longer lives, with
a goal of tolerating the treatment they are receiving.
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Kevin Kalinsky, MD, MS
Kevin Kalinsky, MD, MS is a board-certified
medical oncologist and an assistant professor of medicine at the
New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Kalinsky
has completed extensive research focusing on developing new therapies to treat
breast cancer. View his Healthgrades profile >