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What are signs that someones body is shutting down due to stage 4 metastatic breast cancer?

What are signs that someones body is shutting down due to stage 4 metastatic breast cancer?

It varies: Advanced cancers lead to increasing impairment of mobility due to weakness, loss of weight or organ failure. Your doctor can help you more by checking the patient.And the reports of their burden of cancer. Anyone who is eating well and fully mobile, is not close to 'shuting down'. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Female) (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it 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 on an annual basis. ...Read more


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I am stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. 1 yr ago it spread to ovaries and i had hysterectomy. Do i stil need to have yearly papsmears.

I am stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. 1 yr ago it spread to ovaries and i had hysterectomy. Do i stil need to have yearly papsmears.

Technically no: I am terribly sorry about your situation. Given that your original diagnosis of breast cancer had nothing to do with hpv or related changes to the cervix, and assuming that you always had normal prior pap smears, then you do not need to have annual pap smears. Obviously, you need pelvic exams at whatever interval your doctor recommended, though. ...Read more

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What to do if I have triple negative metastatic breast cancer stage iv?

What to do if I have triple negative metastatic breast cancer stage iv?

Don't give up: For starters, find a good oncologist, preferably one who works within a multidisciplinary team and has access to clinical trials. There are too many variables to give you specifics but very likely you will be offered chemo. Depending on the circumstances, surgery or radiation may come to play. You had 3x- cancer before age 60 and fulfill criteria for BRCA testing. If positive (or even if not)... ...Read more

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Do people with stage IV metastatic breast cancer often undergo chemo?

Do people with stage IV metastatic breast cancer often undergo chemo?

Yes.: Under certain circumstances hormone therapy might be the initial treatment, but most stage 4 patients eventually undergo chemotherapy treatment. This will depend on age, tolerence for treatment, hormone responsiveness and other tumor characteristics. ...Read more

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Stage IV metastatic breast cancer and pleural effusion. What is treatment?

Stage IV metastatic breast cancer and pleural effusion. What is treatment?

It depends: Breast cancers come in many "flavors", and this will determine the treatment. Usually it's a form of chemotherapy given by mouth or by vein. Xeloda is given by mouth, and there are many intravenous chemotherapies. Sometimes hormone blocking medications are very effective if the cancer has the estrogen or Progesterone receptor on its surface. Herceptin (trastuzumab) is useful if it has her2 on its surface. ...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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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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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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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


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Breast carcinoma is a type of cancer where this uncontrolled growth of breast cells. Symptoms can include breast lumps, pain, and weight ...Read more