New research from UPMC could eventually change breast cancer treatment for some women. The study focused on patients who already had advanced cancer when they were diagnosed.
Currently they're only prescribed chemo and radiation, but about half in the new study underwent surgery. Research is still ongoing, but the author says surgery may increase the survival time in women whose cancer has only spread to one area of the bone.
Patients with aggressive forms of the disease, and patients with multiple metastases on the liver and lungs, derived less benefit from the treatment approach.