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12/30/2016I have Stage 3 breast cancer that has metastasized to the skin what topical complimentary therapy could I use?
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12/30/2016I am not aware of any that will benefit you. Likely your medical oncologist will prescribe systemic treatment in the form of medicines to take that will help address the skin mets problem. If you are experiencing pain,burning, oozing, or other physical symptoms then sometimes there are medications to help dry up wounds of this nature.Even in some cases radiation is used. The receptors of the cancer will guide you and your oncologist what to try based on ER, PR and HER2 receptors of the metastatic lesions. I mention this because these prognostic factors can individually become the opposite of what they originally were within the primary tumor in the breast. so treatment needs to be based on these prognostic factors. likely scans will be done too, if they haven't already, to determine if the cancer has also traveled to any other organ sites such as the bone, lung or liver. this is a slippery slope for you unfortunately. we hope the cancer can become stabilized so that you can preserve quality of life and live in harmony with the disease being treated as a chronic illness.

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