Find out more about the other treatments you might receive to help control your secondary tumours.

Most people with secondary breast cancer will receive treatment with anticancer drugs. This section explains the other treatments you might receive to help control your secondary tumours (secondaries), reduce the chance of complications or treat complications.

Additional treatments include:

  • Other drug treatments (such as steroids and bone-strengthening drugs)
  • Radiotherapy

Surgery

Your treatment team will make recommendations for which treatments would be best for you, based on:

  • Where your secondaries are
  • How many secondaries you have
  • What symptoms or complications your cancer is causing or might cause
  • Which treatments may improve your quality of life
  • Which treatments may prolong your life
  • Your general health
  • Your own preferences

Secondaries most often occur in the bone, brain, liver and lungs. To learn more about treatments for secondary breast cancer in these places, click on the links below:

Treatment of secondary breast cancer in the bone

Treatment of secondary breast cancer in the brain

Treatment of secondary breast cancer in the liver

Treatment of secondary breast cancer in the lung

If you have secondaries in areas of the body not listed here, this doesn’t mean there are no treatments for you – ask your treatment team to explain your options.

 

Information last reviewed: October 2015

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