Stage IV Treatment Options

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Treatment Options STAGE IV

the cancer has spread to other organs of the body -- most often the bones, lungs, liver, or brain

Treatment to the Breast

surgery, radiation, or both may be used, depending on many individual factors

Treatment to the Lymph Nodes

enlarged lymph nodes may be treated if they are producing signs (medical findings) or uncomfortable symptoms


chemotherapy almost always recommended

Hormonal Therapy

hormonal therapy used for people with hormone-receptor-positive cancer

Targeted Therapy

targeted therapy may be used for people with cancers that have certain characteristics (for example, cancers with too many HER2 protein receptors)

Treatment to Other Parts of the Body

radiation most commonly used to relieve specific signs or uncomfortable symptoms


surgery may have a role in dealing with specific signs or symptoms

For information on treatments specific to stage IV (metastatic) cancer, visit the Treatments for Metastatic Cancer section.

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