Breast Cancer pp 175-182 | Cite as

The Role of Surgery for Metastatic Breast Cancer

  • Lori Jardines
Part of the Current Clinical Oncology book series (CCO)


Breast cancer affects approximately 180,000 women annually in the United States. Despite advances in therapy, 20–30% of women who have been treated for localized breast cancer will develop metastatic disease, for which there is little chance for cure. However, a small, select group of patients with breast cancer who have isolated, distant disease are candidates for surgical resection and potential cure. In addition, surgery for palliation may also be indicated when a patient has metastatic breast cancer and symptoms that cannot be managed by other modalities. The role of surgery for breast cancer metastases to the lung, liver, and brain is discussed here in detail.


Breast Cancer Liver Metastasis Brain Metastasis Metastatic Breast Cancer Liver Resection 
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