Special chemo for liver metastasis?

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Question from Janie: What special chemotherapy is there for women with liver metastases?
Answers - Jennifer Griggs, M.D., M.P.H. Treatment decisions for any type of metastases (tumor that has spread away from the breast and the nodes) are based on several factors. Those are: previous treatment, your liver function (which can be determined with routine blood tests), whether the tumor is hormone-receptor-positive, and your overall health. These all play a role in a choice of chemotherapy. Hormone therapy is not necessarily eliminated as an option if your tumor has the hormone receptors.

In general, chemotherapy for liver involvement from breast cancer is given like the chapters of a book. In other words, we use one drug as long as it works and as long as you're tolerating it. If or when that drug stops working, we try another drug. The goal overall, however, is to make you feel as good as possible. New drugs are being developed all the time. A drug that was not available to you six months ago may be available now.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Chemotherapy Updates featured Jennifer Griggs, M.D., M.P.H. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about advances in chemotherapy treatment: different types of drugs and regimens, how to reduce or eliminate unpleasant side effects, and more.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2002.

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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