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Someone i know had breast cancer about 3 years ago. within the past year, the cancer spread to the spine and liver. what is the prognosis?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not good: Breast cancer that spreads to bone(the spine) is usually "end stage" disease. It then becomes a "matter of time"".
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 19 years experience
Varies: This depends on her response to treatment and her overall health. The average 5 year overall survival for someone with stage IV breast cancer is 15%.
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 25 years experience
Stage IV: When the cancer spreads beyond the primary organ- here- is breast- ; it is considered to be a stage IV disease. It is treatable- however it is incurable. Statistically, the 5 year survival in stage IV breast cancer is approximately 20 %.
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Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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