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Doctor insights on: Life Expectancy With Stage 4 Breast Cancer

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What's the survival rate of stage4 breast cancer? My mom is a stage 4 patient for several years now .

What's the survival rate of stage4 breast cancer? 
My mom is a stage 4 patient for several years now .

Doesn't Matter: This is great news - focus in the time you have with your mother. Today women are living longer with stage 4 breast cancer due to better treatments, targeted therapies and growing understanding that breast cancer is not one disease. Congratulations. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (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 ...Read more


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Metastatis breast cancer stage IV. What are the chances of survival. already gone six sittings of chemo..

Metastatis breast cancer stage IV. What are the chances of survival. already gone six sittings of chemo..

Breast ca stage IV: need more information. where the metastases are. only bone metastases do better than soft tissue metastases. what is the ER an PR , what is the Her2 status..there are many treatments available now. keep fighting, and you will win. ...Read more

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How long can a person with stage 4 breast cancer survive?

How long can a person with stage 4 breast cancer survive?

Need more info.: This is hard to answer without knowing the specific biology of the cancer and which organs are involved. Nowadays, we consider stage IV breast ca like a chronic illness; one we cannot cure, but we can often manage and control very well. ...Read more

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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

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Is there a complete cure for stage 4 breast cancer?

Is there a complete cure for stage 4 breast cancer?

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

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Is it possible that stage 4 breast cancer go undetected on a mammogram?

Is it possible that stage 4 breast cancer go undetected on a mammogram?

Yes: Mammography is about 80% sensitive for detecting cancer, so it won't find 20% of them. No test is 100% accurate. So, unfortunately the answer to your question is yes. ...Read more

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What should I expect regarding stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to the liver?

What should I expect regarding stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to the liver?

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 more

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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

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I have stage 4 breast cancer. My ANC count today was .5 can rest help bring it up? I also started nupogen injections today.

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 more

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Is stage 4 breast cancer patient still have the chance to survive?

Is stage 4 breast cancer patient still have the chance to survive?

Yes: There are many treatment options available for stage 4 breast cancer. Based on what type of breast cancer if ER/PR positive, HER2 positive or not. you should speak to medical oncologist to discuss all the treatment options. ...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