Metastatic Disease

Treatment for Metastatic Disease

Once cancer metastasizes, the goal of treatment is to manage the cancer by slowing or reducing its growth, even though it may be unlikely to completely eliminate every cancer cell. Chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy may be given to help keep the cancer from progressing further. When possible, surgery may be done to remove one or a few metastatic tumors to help relieve symptoms or to prevent them later on. A new approach to treating metastatic disease is called targeted therapy. This type of treatment involves the use of biologic substances that specifically attack the development of cancer cells. Depending on the type of cancer, it is possible to live for many years after metastatic cancer is diagnosed if tumor growth can be managed. A clinical trial offers the best opportunity for a person to be treated for metastatic cancer.

 

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