Dear tmouse, The treatment of recurrent breast cancer varies depending on where the cancer has recurred.
The current standards are: If there is no internal disease and recurrence is confined to the area of the original tumor, surgery and/or radiation therapy is used, plus tamoxifen in selected cases. If there is no life-threatening disease involving major internal organs, if there has been at least 2 years since mastectomy and positive hormone receptors, the standard treatment is tamoxifen or removal of the ovaries in premenopausal women. If patients respond to hormonal therapy and then relapses, other forms of hormonal therapy are used. If major internal organs such as the liver are involved chemotherapy is usually given. The type of chemotherapy/combinations varies. Your surgeon and oncologist will discuss their recommendations with you and your wife based on the specifics of your wife