Recurrent breast cancer is cancer that comes back after treatment. Treatment for recurrent cancer varies depending on the location and extent of the cancer and previous treatments the patient has received.
If the cancer has recurred in the breast that was not removed, that breast is removed. If the cancer occurs in different parts of the body, treatment may include chemotherapy, hormone therapy, or biological therapy.
Radiotherapy can control cancer that occurs in the chest wall or in certain parts of the body. Supportive treatment is an important part of the treatment plan. While many patients receive anti-cancer treatment, they also receive supportive treatment to slow the progression of the disease and relieve symptoms. Some receive only supportive treatment to reduce pain, nausea, and other symptoms and improve their quality of life.