The Voice of Canadians With Breast Cancer


Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer


Treatment Options

Treatments for metastatic breast cancer include chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, targeted therapies, surgery, and radiation.  See the Treatment and Side Effects section for details about these treatments.

The term “line sequencing” refers to the order in which medications are given.  If one treatment doesn’t work or stops working, then the patient moves on to the next line. Certain medications are approved only as first-line, second-line, or third-line treatments.

Some people living with metastatic breast cancer use complementary therapies.  These are the same for both metastatic and non-metastatic breast cancer, and are listed under the Treatment and Side Effects section.

The Metastatic Breast Cancer Network has compiled a series of questions to ask your doctor as well as other helpful tips that can allow you to get the most out of your appointments.

The Canadian Cancer Society has a database that can be used to find local support services in your area. You can access it below:



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