Surgery is a less common treatment for women with metastatic breast cancer.
It may be used to prevent or treat a bone fracture, remove ovaries, reduce fluid that has accumulated around the lungs (pleurodesis) or remove a cancer from the brain. Sometimes neurosurgery is recommended for spinal metastases, and bypassing or stenting procedures may be used to treat blockages – for instance, in the bile duct near the liver or ureter. New surgical options are also emerging for solitary (single) liver metastases.
The page on managing symptoms and side effects may help if you are experiencing side effects from surgery.