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

It depends

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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 is useful if it has HER2 on its surface.
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Dr. Donald Thomas answered:

Is massive pleural effusion in one lung high risk for mastectomy for breast cancer?

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A large pleural effusion in the setting of malignancy is worrisome for metastatic spread.
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Dr. Sewa Legha answered:

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

It varies

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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'.
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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.

Technically no

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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.
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Do people with stage iv metastatic breast cancer often undergo chemo?

Yes.

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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
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My relative has metastatic breast cancer,going through the final stages. Is it advisable for her daughter to undergo tests? Is cancer hereditary?

Yes, some forms of

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breast cancer are hereditary. It's best to ask your relative's doctor what if she had the genetic type of breast cancer. If your relative got it at a fairly young age, it is definitely advisable for her daughter to get genetic testing.
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Dr. Regina Hampton answered:

What is metastatic breast cancer?

Spread

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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.
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Dr. Liawaty Ho answered:

My mom has metastatic breast cancer ?

Stage IV

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I hope your mom is okay. metastatic breast cancer is condition when the cancer has spread beyond the breast. It commonly spreads to the liver, lung, bones, brain. It is unfortunately an incurable disease-although it is treatable. therapy will depend on the biology of the cancer and your mother's overall health condition and her preference. We do have chemo, targetted therapy,hormonal therapy .
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What exactly is metastatic breast cancer?

Stage 4 Cancer

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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.
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Dr. Sewa Legha answered:

How can metastatic breast cancer progress?

It can and it does

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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).
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