Original Publication Date: 7 January, 2012
Publication / Source: Women's Health
Authors: Trevor Jolly, Grant R Williams, Ellen Jones, Hyman B Muss
Breast cancer is a disease of aging and the incidence of breast cancer increases dramatically with increasing age. In spite of major advances in prevention, screening and treatment approximately 40,000 Americans still die of metastatic breast cancer every year – the majority being women aged 65 years and older. Metastatic breast cancer remains incurable regardless of age and the goals of treatment are to reduce symptoms when present and to provide the patient with the best quality of life for as long as possible. Cornerstones of treatment to control metastases include endocrine therapy, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.