National Women’s Health Week: Metastatic Breast Cancer

This week is recognized as National Women’s Health Week, a time dedicated to spotlighting the major health issues of women. While breast cancer is known universally to be one of the most common diagnoses for American women, many may be unaware of the potential for recurring or metastatic breast cancer and the spread of breast cancer to other organs.

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 200,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year. In some cases, women discover their breast cancer after experiencing symptoms, meaning there’s a possibility that the cancer may have advanced and spread to other vital organs in the body. One of the most common sites of breast cancer metastasis is to the lungs, liver or brain, possibly leading to a much larger health problem.

CyberKnife Center of Chicago treats metastatic lesions that can develop in the lungs or brain from the spread of breast cancer using an advanced treatment called stereotactic body radiation therapy. This noninvasive treatment delivers high-dose radiation to tumors and lesions, adjusting for movement during treatment and minimizing radiation exposure to healthy surrounding tissue. Treatment is complete in five or fewer sessions and patients can return to their normal routines following each session.

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This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.