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How much time for incurable breast cancer that has spread to the bones, the spine and lymph nodes which have caused edema in the arm?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Possibly long time: One of the sites of metastatic breast cancer that responds to newer chemo drugs is osseous involvement. All depend of course on hormone status of the tumor and whether it is triple negative or responds to herceptin/taxol. I now believe that what is in the nodes such as axilla stay in axilla and if not removed may cause the swelling of the arm. Age here is also a factor.

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Last updated Jun 22, 2019

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