Who should read this book?
This book is about treatments for metastatic
breast cancer among women. Patients and
those who support them—caregivers, family,
and friends—may find this booklet helpful. It
may help you discuss and decide with doctors
what care is best. As you read through this
book, you may find it helpful to create a list of
questions to ask your doctors.
Does the whole book
apply to me?
There is important information in this booklet
for many situations. Thus, you will likely not get
every test and treatment listed. Your treatment
team can point out what applies to you and give
you more information.
The recommendations in this book include what
NCCN experts feel is the most useful based on
science and their experience. However, these
recommendations may not be right for you. Your
doctors may suggest other tests or treatments
based on your health and other factors. If
your treatment team suggests other tests or
treatments, feel free to ask them why.
Making sense of
n this book, many medical words are included
that describe cancer, tests, and treatments.
These are words that you will likely hear from
your treatment team. Most of the information
may be new to you, and it may be a lot to learn.
Don’t be discouraged as you read. Keep reading
and review the information. Don’t be shy to ask
your treatment team to explain a word or phrase
that you do not understand.
Words that you may not know are defined in the
text or in the
. Words in the
are underlined when first used on a page.
Acronyms are also defined when first used
and in the
. Acronyms are words
formed from the first letters of other words.
One example is MRI for
NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Stage IV Breast Cancer, Version 1.2014
How to use this book