A 44-year-old female asked:
I'm stage 4 breast cancer. been having pain in ribs/ shoulder for 2 mths. also cancer antigen 27. 29 blood test is back above normal. is cancer back?
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Family Medicine 18 years experience
See your oncologist.: Stage IV describes invasive breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other organs of the body, such as the lungs, distant lymph nodes, skin, bones, liver, or brain. Talk to your oncologist to determine the extent/ or remission of the cancer. Stage 4 usually means that cancer was not just in the breast area.
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