Fast Five Quiz: Advanced and Metastatic Breast Cancer Practice Essentials

Elwyn C. Cabebe, MD


December 08, 2021

Female breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women (excluding skin cancers) worldwide, surpassing lung cancer. Although great strides have been made in the treatment of early-stage disease, between 20% and 30% of patients with early-stage breast cancer go on to develop metastatic disease. Metastatic breast cancer (mBC), also called stage IV disease, is increasing in the United States with an estimated 168,000 people affected in 2020-2021. Even though it is treatable, mBC cannot be cured. The 5-year survival rate for stage IV breast cancer is 22%; median survival is approximately 3 years. The disease takes more than 40,000 lives annually.

How familiar are you with practice essentials for advanced and metastatic breast cancer? Test your knowledge with this quick quiz.


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