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how long can you live with metastatic breast cancer

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Highly variable: Depends on where & how much metastatic disease, cell type, response to chemotherapy & underlying medical conditions. Some patients can live many years ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
43 years experience Surgical Oncology
Variable: This is usually a poor prognostic sign and survival is short. But a few people respond to treatment and live a little longer.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
43 years experience Surgical Oncology
See your doc: Unfortunately, questions like this can't be intelligently answered without seeing the patient and knowing more abour her (age, general health, etc.) ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Forever: Breast cancer with bone metastasis hormonal therapy will not be discontinued even may need additional treatments to keep the tumor under control , spe ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Varies: From several months to many many many months- will depend on the biology of the cancer, the stage / cancer burdern, treated or untreated?. Overall he ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience Medical Oncology
It depends: Ovarian cancer that is caught early enough can be cured with surgery and you can live a normal life. Ovarian cancer that can't be cured can be treate ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Depends: Early stage 1 or 2 colon cancer, if treated with surgical excision, has very high successful treatment chances. Long term survival to a full normal a ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Contreras
17 years experience Surgical Oncology
Tough disease: Adrenal cancer tends to be an aggressive type. Additionally, unlike breast & colon cancer, there aren't many effective drugs to treat it. Consequent ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
It depends: If the bones are the only site of breast cancer metastasis, a person potentially can liver for many years. If the cancer involves other organs, the su ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
30 years experience Radiation Oncology
Less than a year: Likely less than several months.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
46 years experience Radiology
Depends: What type of cancer? How aggressive is the tumor? How responsive to chemo & radiation therapy? Is there liver involvement? Any mets to the brain? Coul ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ben Ferguson
9 years experience General Surgery
It varies: The prognosis for stage IV anything is poor, and this is especially true for both lung cancer and penile cancer, as by definition these diseases have ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jocelyn Tan
30 years experience Medical Oncology
Stage 4 : Life expectancy depends mainly on the type of tumor, plus many other factors. Age, physical health, medications, other underlying medical conditions, ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Depends: Most "liver cancers" are not from the liver but metastatic from other places. The prognosis will vary depending on the source and aggressiveness of th ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
32 years experience Internal Medicine
Survival varies: Survival rate statistics vary based on the stage of diagnosis. These are only estimates, not truly how long you will live. All of this should be discu ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Need more info.: This is hard to answer without knowing the specific biology of the cancer and which organs are involved. Nowadays, we consider stage IV breast ca lik ... Read More
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A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Not predictable: There are too many variables in the tumor types and individuals to provide a meaningful timeline for your disease course. However, it would be prudent ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
45 years experience Medical Oncology
It depends: Some patients are cured of this disease. Those patients have small tumors that are surgically removed. There are other types such as a serous cystaden ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Why: Some lung cancers ( types) will respond well to chemo-radiation. If some one refusing treatments , family must help to seek professional help , most ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. William A Biermann
45 years experience Medical Oncology
It varies: There are average numbers of survival os metastatic prostate cancer treated with hormonal therapy. They range a little over 3 years. The difficult pro ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ben Ferguson
9 years experience General Surgery
Long, if treated: For penile cancer that has not spread to lymph nodes (i.e. For stages i and ii), cure rates after surgery have been reported to be between 80 and 100% ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
38 years experience General Surgery
Usually not long: It is quite dismal. Most cancers are discovered late and are unresectable. For localized cancers, resection offers the best chance of cure, and even ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Not hopeless: Common endometrial adenocarcinoma that's made it to a lymph node is stage iiic1 or higher, but the odds of five year survival are given at 15% or bett ... Read More
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