Metastatic vertebral body and spinal epidural lesions cause significant pain and neurological morbidity and negatively impact quality of life and survival. In instances of metastatic epidural spinal cord compression, treatment typically involves surgery and radiotherapy. The incidence of spinal metastases in breast cancer patients is high. In the light of recent improvements in survival among some patients with breast cancer, we reviewed the treatments and outcomes for patients with breast cancer who presented to our institution with metastatic epidural spinal cord compression. We identified all patients undergoing open surgery for the treatment of breast cancer metastases to the spine at our center from 1 January 2001 to 31 December 2009. We retrospectively reviewed records for the details of medical history, treatment, surgery, radiographic imaging, and follow-up. The Death Master File from the United States Social Security Administration was queried to identify the date of death where the medical record was incomplete. Outcomes were assessed by overall survival as well as preoperative and postoperative ambulatory status, bladder function, and the American Spinal Injury Association impairment classification system (ASIA). A total of 15 female patients were identified as having surgical intervention directly related to breast cancer metastasis to the spine. Most lesions (12/15) were located in the anterior vertebral column (vertebral body and/or pedicle). Two patients required re-operation, one for epidural fluid collection and one for infection. Roughly half of the patients (8/15) had well-controlled systemic disease at the time of surgery. Five patients had non-contiguous metastatic lesions elsewhere in the spine. Median survival following surgery was 1,025 days; control of systemic disease did not predict duration of postoperative survival. Seven patients had documented improvement in their ability to ambulate in the first 30 days following surgery. Bladder function was preserved in all. No patient deteriorated; and five patients had postoperative improvement of their ASIA impairment scale grade. We concluded that aggressive therapy, including surgery, is warranted for patients with symptomatic metastatic epidural spinal cord compression from breast cancer, including in the setting of advanced and progressive systemic disease.