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How Long Can You Live With Stage 4 Breast Cancer
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
How long can exemestane work for stage 4 breast cancer? I've been on it 6 months and I have no more active cancer. I'm terrified it will come back.
How long can I survive with stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to my liver without chemotherapy?
Hard to say: Hello - there are many treatment options for stage 4 breast cancer. If your cancer is ER or PR positive, hormonal tx can be used. If it is Her2 positive, Herceptin (trastuzumab) and other targeted, non-chemos can be used. If the breast cancer is triple negative then chemo is your best option. There are "mild" chemos, some oral, that can be tried. Average lifespan is usually quite long with treatment. Best ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mother diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in breast, multiple lymph nodes, liver and bones. How long does she have?
Depends: First, it is now clear we physicians can't predict the survival of any single individual very precisely. We can say that of a thousand patients with a given condition, half will still be alive at x date. For a breast cancer patient, even one with stage IV disease, the prognosis depends on many things: is the tumor hormone sensitive or not? Is there a her2-neu gene amplification? So it depends. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my sister is 53 years old and was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer five years ago. For years the cancer w?
Excellent control: Stage 4 breast can be controlled with systemic therapy very well, even for more than 5 years. This is most commonly seen in patients who have stage 4 disease because of spread to the bone only, as opposed to the liver, brain, lungs, etc. Regardless, women are living longer with stage 4 breast cancer because of better systemic treatment. While cancer well controlled with chemo, patients will live. ...Read more
Stage IV means: Spread to distant organs, usually liver, bone, lung, or brain, with breast cancer. In addition to treating the primary cancer, these distant metastases need treatment, usually with surgery if feasible, chemo, or radiation therapy. Some breast cancers respond very well to treatment, but unfortunately others do not, and complete cure may not be possible. ...Read more
Still treatable: There are many chemo options available. If it is stage 4 by virtue of minimal liver involvement-there is good medical data to talk with a liver surgeon to discuss removal of that portion of the liver. If there are other spots of tumor spread in the body, then chemotherapy and hormone suppression therapy are the mainstays of treatment. Focal radiation can help bone pain. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes, absolutely: A caregiver is anyone who assists a patient through their medical diagnosis. I recommend you meet with your mother's breast cancer team of doctors and nurses to see what support is needed. One problem is that caregivers give so much to the patient that they forget their own needs. Many facilities have resources to help, please don't be afraid to reach out for assistance. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please explain why is stage 4 breast cancer considered metastic cancer if it has begun in the breast?
It's the definition: ..Of stage 4. You are correct in that the cancer will keep the name of the place it started at, so if a breast cancer metastasizes let's say to the bones or the lungs, it is called stage 4 (metastatic) breast cancer. ...Read more
I have stage 4 breast cancer. My ANC count today was. 5 can rest help bring it up? I also started nupogen injections today.
See below: I do not believe rest will help your blood counts come back but Neupogen should. Give it some time. Follow the recommendations of your oncologist to prevent infections and call him/her right away if you develop a fever or any sign of infection. Best to you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Long process: While not all dcis will become invasive cancer, many cases will and to date we can not differentiate between those that will and those that won't. Those cases that become invasive, can then spread to lymph nodes or other organs. The latter, breast cancer that spreads to other organs, is stage IV breast cancer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are the final symptoms or stages for someone with stage 4 breast cancer that has mets to brain?
Stage 4: 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, been eating healthy, can I still drink wine or wine coolers?
38 yo, BRCA I & II negative, sister died from stage 4 breast cancer. Intermittent occassional, burning pain top right breast.
What is the typical life expectancy for a young stage 4 breast cancer patient in great condition on afinitor (everolimus) and aromasin?
You report that you are in great condition on your medication.
I know it will be difficult but try as hard as you can to continue to feel great on your meds and continue to see your doctor regularly.
There is no timetable for you - just continue to enjoy life - it may well be another 30 or more years. ...Read more
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
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
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