What is metastatic breast cancer?

Breast cancer continues to be the leading cause of cancer death in women, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), with 5,902 cases recorded in 2013.

The majority of these deaths are due to the fact that breast cancer stops being localized, cancer cells spread and spread to other organs, that is, it becomes a metastatic breast cancer (MSC).

cancer de mamaAccording to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer is more likely to expand into the brain, bones, lung and liver, although it can invade any part of the body.

According to Alejandra Armengol, Medical Oncologist at the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition Salvador Zubirán (INCMNSZ) is a chronic disease that is not curable but treatable.

A woman who has been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer should know that suffering from it is not synonymous with death. At present there are several comprehensive modern treatments, capable of prolonging and improving the quality of life of the patient.

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Treatment.

Women with advanced breast cancer or with metastatic breast cancer have the right to know the existing treatment options and to receive the one indicated to increase their life expectancy.

The mission of any treatment to be followed should be to delay the progress of the CMM, minimize the side effects and contribute to the improvement of the quality of life.

According to the Official Mexican Standard for the prevention, diagnosis, control and surveillance of breast cancer, these are the alternatives:

– Radiotherapy.

– Chemotherapy.

– Hormonotherapy.

– Biological

– Surgery.

– White therapies (directed).

As for palliative treatment, it is only applied once the tumor is under control and the discomforts of the disease are easy to cope with.

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