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What issues can occur with someone with stage 4 breast cancer with mets to the brain and now bilateral pneumonia? what are signs of it worsening?

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It depends: Metastatic breast cancer can be treated but it is not curable, in general. Most patients live for 2-3 years after the development of metastases, usually about one year after brain metastases. Pneumonia of course is treatable with antibiotics provided her breast cancer is under control. It can also be a terminal event if all treatments for cancer have been exhausted. Ask for more info fromher doctors.

Answered 5/16/2013

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Decompensation: The symptoms of brain metastases vary depending upon the location of these lesions. When there are pulmonary changes, you must be ceratin they are not due to cancer in the lungs. Pneumonia may respond to a course on antibiotics while lung metastases will not.

Answered 8/5/2013

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