How is oligometastatic breast cancer treated?

Updated: Apr 23, 2020
  • Author: Joseph A Sparano, MD; Chief Editor: John V Kiluk, MD, FACS  more...
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  • Surgery may be able to achieve prolonged disease control in selected patients with oligometastatic disease, especially those with solitary lung metastases.

  • Patients with single cerebral metastases may benefit from surgical resection, even if there are other sites of systemic metastases.

  • Resection of bone metastases is generally reserved for patients with, or at high risk for, pathologic fracture and is generally followed by local irradiation.

  • Resection or ablation of liver metastases may also be indicated in some cases.

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