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About how long can someone live with metastatic breast cancer?

About how long can someone live with metastatic breast cancer?

It varies from years: The avergae survival of metastatic breast cancer patients is 2-3 years but it is highly variable and can range from 6 months to 10+ years!. Patients who have only one organ involved or if the cancer is limited to bones only tend to live for 4-5 years on an average. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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If a metastatic breast cancer sufferer has severe ascites how long can they live like that?

If a metastatic breast cancer sufferer has severe ascites how long can they live like that?

Longevity: Your situation sounds serious. If the cause of ascites is also cancer, you are likely at stage 4. Your longevity will be affected by your decisions to continue treatment and at what level. Your quality of live and your relationships remain of primary importance. ...Read more

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How long can someone with metastatic breast cancer with severe ascites (5 ltrs every 14 days) have to live?

How long can someone with metastatic breast cancer with severe ascites (5 ltrs every 14 days) have to live?

See your doc: Unfortunately, questions like this can't be intelligently answered without seeing the patient and knowing more abour her (age, general health, etc.) in general, however, this situation implies a very poor prognosis. ...Read more

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If i live beyond 5 years with bone only metastatic breast cancer, how long can the hormone therapy be taken?

If i live beyond 5 years with bone only metastatic breast cancer, how long can the hormone therapy be taken?

Forever: Breast cancer with bone metastasis hormonal therapy will not be discontinued even may need additional treatments to keep the tumor under control , speak to your oncologist. ...Read more

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What is metastatic breast cancer?

What is metastatic breast cancer?

Spread : This means that the cancer has spread to other areas outside of the breast. This is known as stage 4. With the use of modern chemotherapy, this disease can be controlled. I recommend you meet with your medical oncologist to determine options available for treatment. ...Read more

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What exactly is metastatic breast cancer?

What exactly is metastatic breast cancer?

Stage 4 Cancer: Metastatic breast cancer is cancer that started in the breast, but has spread into other places like the liver, lung, bones or brain. It is also called stage 4 breast cancer. It is not usually curable, but many women live with metastatic breast cancer for years with ongoing treatment. ...Read more

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How can metastatic breast cancer progress?

How can metastatic breast cancer progress?

It can and it does: Progress of cancer means the cancer is getting worse. This is not uncommon as the cancers tend to spead further in the body and tumors get larger in size especially when the treatment is not working. Cancer is either regressing(with good treatment) or progressing(without treatment or with the ineffective treatment). ...Read more

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What does metastatic breast cancer really mean?

What does metastatic breast cancer really mean?

Cancer has spread: Metastatic, or stage 4 breast cancer, means the cancer has spread into other places in the body. Breast cancer at this stage can be treated, sometimes for 10 or more years depending on the type, but it cannot be cured. ...Read more

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What are the tests for metastatic breast cancer?

What are the tests for metastatic breast cancer?

PET/CT: The primary test for staging for breast cancer is the pet/ct scan. A bone scan is also helpful if you're concerned about bony disease, and a head MRI for brain metastases. The sites of distant spread for breast cancer are generally the lungs, the liver, the bone and the brain, so these tests are sufficient. ...Read more

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Why is metastatic breast cancer difficult to treat?

Why is metastatic breast cancer difficult to treat?

It's not: There are many treatments for metastatic breast cancer which can control it for years. Although it can be treated, it is rarely cured. That is because cancer cells are constantly mutating, so treatments lose effectiveness. Metastatic breast cancer requires constant treatment with either hormone therapy, chemotherapy, or biologic therapy. Treatments are changed as they lose effectiveness. ...Read more

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So what are the symptoms of metastatic breast cancer?

So what are the symptoms of metastatic breast cancer?

Depends: I would depend on where the metastasis are located and how advanced. Initially metastasis to different areas may produce no symptoms. Then as they progress problems can develope. In bone, you can get pain, collapse of a part of the spine if that is involved, fractures. In the lung you can become short of breath or develop fluid.. In the liver you can develope liver problems. Etc. ...Read more

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What's a natural way to treat metastatic breast cancer?

What's a natural way to treat metastatic breast cancer?

None: My sympathies for your condition. There is nothing in the medicine cabinet of natural medicine for metastatic breast cancer. A variety of agents are helpful in this condition which your oncologist can help you with. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what exactly is metastatic breast cancer?

Can you tell me what exactly is metastatic breast cancer?

Stage 4 cancer: There are 4 stages of cancer, with stage 4 being the highest. Stage 4 means cancer has spread outside of the place it started and can't be removed by surgery. Women with stage 4, or metastatic, breast cancer cannot usually be cured. The cancer can be treated to keep it under control, often for years, but it depends on the type of breast cancer. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Metastatic breast cancer?

What is the definition or description of: Metastatic breast cancer?

Distant spread: Cancer that has spread from its origin (breast) to any other location (lymph nodes, bones, organs, etc.) outside of the primary site. ...Read more

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Is it possible to live beyond 5 years with metastatic breast cancer?

Is it possible to live beyond 5 years with metastatic breast cancer?

Yes: Many cancers can be controlled with chemotherapy and allow survival beyond five years, despite metastatic disease. ...Read more

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How effectice is Xeloda (capecitabine) for metastatic breast cancer?

How effectice is Xeloda (capecitabine) for metastatic breast cancer?

Quite effective: Xeloda (capecitabine) is quite an effective drug and has been used in metastatic breast cancer. The response will be higher when it is combined with other chemotherapy agent- with additional possible side effects. Discuss further with you oncologist in detail. ...Read more

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In Metastatic Breast Cancer what does elevated ESR mean?

In Metastatic Breast Cancer what does elevated ESR mean?

Not much: It is a non specific test which means it can increase in all kinds of ailments such as chronic infections(TB for example and in Chronic arthritis) and in many different Cancers. So it is not useful test for Breast Cancer....pure waste of money! ...Read more

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Metastatic breast cancer what is survival rate women older than 65?

Depends....: ...on many factors, such as ER and Her2 status (+ vs. -), tumor grade, how many metastases (a few vs. a lot), the location of the metastases (bone vs. liver/lung/brain), the general health of the patient, and the availability of therapy for her. I would say that as a rule, metastatic breast cancer patients do better than other common cancers but of course there are exceptions. Saludos. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of metastatic breast cancer to other organs?

What is the survival rate of metastatic breast cancer to other organs?

Highly variable: Everyone is different, responds to treatments differently, has different cell types & different underlying medical conditions. Depends if bone or lung or liver involvement. Some patients can live for years & others may not. The patient's treating oncologist would be able to answer much better. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Occurs when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. Often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more