A 31-year-old member asked:
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my mother has metastasis breast cancer along with ulcerated growth in the breasts. what is the survival rate?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Need more info.: I am sorry to hear about your mother's diagnosis. This is hard to answer without knowing the specific biology of your mom's cancer and which organs are involved. Nowadays, we consider stage IV breast ca like a chronic illness; one we cannot cure, but we can often manage and control. If your mother consents, it would be best to pose this question to her cancer doctors.
Answered on Jun 18, 2014
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Depends: Stage 4 breast cancer with ulcerating lesions can respond to chemotherapy with tumor shrinkage or maybe healing of the ulcers. Some patients can live many years with good response to treatment, and others will not respond as well. Ask the oncologist who will have much better information specifically for your mother's condition.
Answered on Nov 19, 2012

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