Time between primary cancer and metastases?

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Question from Gail Anne: What is the significance of the length of time between the primary breast cancer and the metastases?
Answers - Eric Winer, M.D. There are no absolute rules, but, generally, the longer the time between initial diagnosis and the development of metastases, the more likely a woman will do well with her metastatic breast cancer, and the more likely that that cancer will be hormone-receptor-positive. But having said that, there are sometimes women who have very short intervals between diagnosis and recurrence who still go on and do well for an extended period of time.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Metastatic Breast Cancer featured Musa Mayer, Eric P. Winer, M.D., and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about treatment and quality of life issues related to advanced (metastatic) breast cancer.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in September 2003.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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