Advances in Metastatic Breast Cancer Treatments Lead to Long, Quality Lives

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Advances in drug therapies has turned metastatic breast cancer from an immediate, grim prognosis to a longer quality of life, according to doctors at The University of Kansas Cancer Center.

Metastatic breast cancer is where the breast cancer spreads from the breast from other parts of the body to other organs or bones.

There is no cure, but thanks to targeted drug therapies, many women are now living an active life for years with the condition controlled, much like a chronic illness such as diabetes.

A new national campaign, called “It’s About Time,” is underway to educate patients about the success of these treatment options.  The campaign name represents the quality extended life metastatic breast cancer patients have.

No one knows better about this than 74 year old Lani Nelson of Prairie Village, Kan., who has had metastatic breast cancer for six years.  She and her doctor, Priyanka Sharma, MD, say the new approach makes a vital difference in the lives of patients. 

EDITORS/PRODUCERS: Video interviews with Lani Nelson, Metastatic Breast Cancer Patient and Dr. Priyanka Sharma, Oncologist, The University of Kansas Cancer Center, are available for use by all news outlets.  Also in the video are shots of the patient and doctor together and a scan showing metastatic breast cancer.