Each October, the breast cancer community gathers to raise awareness and garner support for the fight against breast cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates 232,340 cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2013 and one in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime.
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October 13 is dedicated to awareness of metastatic breast cancer, a condition where cancer has spread from the breast to another part of the body. Metastases are named for the location where cancer develops, not where it spreads. While metastatic cancers are difficult to monitor, cancer types often spread in similar patterns. Read more about metastases here.
The Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCM) is a hub for educational materials, fundraising and support for metastatic breast cancer. The MBCM hosts an annual conference and events across the nation. To read more about the MBCM, visit their website.
Philadelphia CyberKnife treats certain metastases with stereotactic body radiation therapy using CyberKnife® technology. Our center is proud to provide a treatment option to breast cancer patients whose cancer has spread to other areas such as the brain or lungs. Watch an overview of the CyberKnife treatment process here.