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NCCN QUICK GUIDE

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Breast Cancer – Metastatic (STAGE IV), Version 1.2017

This NCCNQUICK GUIDE

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sheet summarizes key points from the complete

NCCN Guidelines

for Patients ® : Breast Cancer – Metastatic (STAGE IV) .

These guidelines explain which tests and

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What is metastatic breast cancer?

It is cancer that has spread outside the breast to a distant site. Distant sites include

bones, lungs, liver, and the brain. Stage IV breast cancer is metastatic cancer that was

found at diagnosis.

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What health care is needed before treatment?

A report of your health history and an exam of your body

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Blood tests to check for health problems

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Pictures of the insides of your chest with a CT scan

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Pictures of the insides of your belly area and maybe pelvis with CT or MRI scans

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Pictures of your spine, brain, or both with MRI if there may be cancer

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Pictures of your bones with a bone scan or sodium fluoride PET/CT

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Instead, pictures of your bones and insides with FDG PET/CT may be an option

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Pictures of your bones with x-rays if there may be cancer

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Removal of tissue samples to test for cancer

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Tests for two markers—hormone and HER2 receptors—within breast cancer cells

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Advice on genetic tests if your breast cancer risk may have been passed down

from your parents

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What is the treatment approach for metastatic breast cancer?

Often, one treatment is used until it stops working or there are too many side

effects. Then, another treatment is used. This approach is followed until there are

no more options or you become too sick.

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