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Dr. Sabha Ganai answered:

Mom had breast cancer and metastasis to brain, eye, lung, liver&bone.now she felt so tired & difficulty walking. Is this the end or there is a chance?

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I would suggest getting in touch with a palliative care specialist. Your mom may benefit from optimizing her medications and improving her symptom and pain control. They can also help give advice for your social situation in helping taking care of her. She may benefit from inpatient or outpatient hospice. Aggressive Palliative Care is a way to ensure she makes the best of things.
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Dr. Sabha Ganai answered:

Mom had breast cancer in 2006 & in 2009 metastasis to lung,brain&eye happened. On 2012 tumor spread to bones and liver.now she can't move easily&tired?

Fatigue

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I would suggest getting in touch with a palliative care specialist. Your mom may benefit from optimizing her medications and improving her symptom and pain control. They can also help give advice for your social situation in helping taking care of her. She may benefit from inpatient or outpatient hospice.
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I had breast cancer in 2010 and recently 3 brain tumors. did the necessary treatments ( surgery, gamma knife. I would like to know if i am considered disabled because of the remaining life span?

Probably not

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Disability is not usually judged by a person's life expectancy, but rather upon loss of particular functions, such as ability to walk, or speak, or hear, etc. One can, at a given time, be suffering from a fatal disease with a limited life expectancy but not be disabled, at least at that point in time.
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Dr. Marci Dietrich answered:

Can breast cancer spread to the brain, be cured?

Mets to Brain

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Unfortunately, a cure would be very unlikely.But, survivial time and quality of life are increasing There are meds that can treat disease that spreads and newer treatment that involve radiation that specfically targets small tumors.Reasearch and trials of antibodies targeting certain tumor types continue.Still, the best way is finding the breast cancer very early in the breast through exams etc.
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Dr. Barry Rosen answered:

Are brain metastases common among breast cancer patients?

No.

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The most common sites of metastases include the bone marrow, lungs, and liver. While uncommon, breast cancer can metastasize to the brain or the lining of the brain.
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Dr. Sabha Ganai answered:

At what maximum rate can breast cancer spread to the brain?

Depends

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This depends on the biology of the cancer and the initial stage of the disease when brought to medical attention. "Triple-Negative" breast cancers (ER-, PR-, HER2-) are more likely to result in brain metastases than "hormone-receptor" positive breast cancers, which tend to have slower courses of recurrence and don't usually show up in the brain. Talk to your surgeon or oncologist for more info!
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Dr. Ritesh Rathore answered:

Can metastatic breast cancer cross the blood brain barrier?

Yes

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Brain metastases are unfortunately common in patients with advanced breast cancer.
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Does radiation help with stage 4 breast cancer that has Mets to the brain?

Yes

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Radiation is very important to control symptoms like headaches or seizures. In rare cases, surgery or gamma knife are used but only if there are only a few mets and the rest of the disease is under control.
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Dr. Chad Levitt answered:

Which treatment is out there for small brain tumors that come from breast cancer?

Srs,sgy,wholebrainrt

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if they are small and few in number then either surgery or stereotactic radiosurgery may be good options. if there are a large number of them or if they are greater than 4cm in size then whole brain radiation therapy would be reccomended. focussed radiation can spare the toxicity associated with whole brain tx and be completed in one fraction while whole brain rt is usually given over 10-15 txs
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Dr. Barry T. Kahn answered:

What are the final symptoms or stages for someone with stage 4 breast cancer that has Mets to brain?

Stage 4

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Well, unfortunately stage 4 is the highest stage and indicates disease (in this case breast cancer) that has spread distantly. However, depending on certain aspects of the specific tumor involved, some patients can have excellent, long lasting responses to chemotherapy or hormonal therapy. The Oncologist should be able to provide you with more specifics for the case you describe.
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