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About the Program for Patients with Breast Cancer Brain Metastases

  • Keith L. Ligon, MD, PhD, Jean Zhao, PhD, and  Nancy U. Lin, MD

    (l to r) Keith L. Ligon, MD, PhD, Jean Zhao, PhD, and Nancy U. Lin, MD

  • When breast cancer spreads, it can travel to distant sites in the body such as the liver, bone, lungs, or brain. The treatment of patients with breast cancer that has spread to the brain (called brain metastases) or spinal fluid (called leptomeningeal disease) requires a dedicated team of experts across several specialties.

    At the Program for Patients with Breast Cancer Brain Metastases at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) you will receive care from a coordinated, multidisciplinary team of internationally recognized experts including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, neuroradiologists, and pathologists, who work together to provide the highest-level care.

    Treatment approach
    There is no "one size fits all" approach for metastatic breast cancer, especially for patients whose cancer has spread to the brain. We will assess which team of specialists makes the most sense for you to see, given your specific situation, and create a personalized treatment plan for you. We will coordinate your care so that all feasible approaches to treatment are considered, and you receive the treatment that is best for you.

    More information about our approach to treating brain metastases.

    Appointments and referrals
    Information about scheduling an appointment or referring a patient to our program.