What can a metastatic breast cancer patient expect at their first meeting with the breast cancer oncologist?

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AdamBrufskyMDPhD (Physician - Oncology - Hematology/Oncology (Verified) ) - 05 / 16 / 2012

At this first appointment, the oncologist will talk about where the cancer has spread, what the characteristics of the cancer are (i.e., positive for the receptor for estrogen and/or Her2), and what kind of therapies are available, be they chemo, hormonal therapy, or herceptin. There are also therapies to protect the bone (zometa, xgeva) that the oncologist may talk about. The oncologist will also talk about the side effects of these therapies, and whether more tests need to be done. At the end of this appointment a treatment plan is usually made. It is important to remember that the vast majority of women with metastatic breast cancer can live years with this disease (if not longer), so hopefully the oncologist is willing to try things to help the cancer.
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