When breast cancer spreads to other parts of the body, such as the bones, brain, liver, or lungs, it is called metastatic (also referred to as advanced or stage IV).
Although it is not curable, metastatic breast cancer can be treatable. Today, with new therapies, including biologic targeted treatments and novel drug combinations, women with metastatic breast cancer can live well for many years. Through our overarching metastatic breast cancer program, called EMBRACE (Ending Metastatic Breast Cancer for Everyone), our experts offer standard therapies and lead multiple
clinical trials for each subtype of metastatic breast cancer.
We have a greater number of metastatic breast cancer patients, and offer more clinical trials, than any other cancer center in New England. We offer ongoing educational opportunities for referring physicians as well as patients. We also conduct a longitudinal study (also called EMBRACE) on outcomes for women with metastatic breast cancer.
Just as we create a personalized treatment approach for your specific type of cancer, we also design an individual plan of care and support for you and your loved ones, based on your goals and values.
Near or far, we are here for you
As partners in your treatment, our care team can also collaborate with you and your local oncologist during the course of your treatment if you live a distance away. Near or far, we are here to provide active, continuous care to help you achieve the highest possible quality of life and make informed decisions about your care.
Compassionate Clinical Care, Comprehensive Support Services
Our care team works closely with each patient, providing the expertise and collaboration of many specialists. Experts from medical oncology, surgical oncology, and radiation oncology coordinate your care to ensure that you will receive the combination of treatments that is best for you, and enjoy the best possible quality of life.
In addition to medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists and nurses, your care team can include
psychologists and psychiatrists,
integrative therapists (acupuncturists, massage therapists), and others.
Learn more about
how we treat breast cancer.
New Treatments for Metastatic Breast Cancer
Erica Mayer, MD, MPH, and
Nancy Lin, MD, describe the many new treatments being studied for metastatic breast cancer patients.