Someone I know had breast cancer about 3 years ago. Within the past year, the cancer spread to the spine and liver. What is the prognosis?

Varies. This depends on her response to treatment and her overall health. The average 5 year overall survival for someone with stage IV breast cancer is 15%.
Stage IV. When the cancer spreads beyond the primary organ- here- is breast- ; it is considered to be a stage IV disease. It is treatable- however it is incurable. Statistically, the 5 year survival in stage IV breast cancer is approximately 20 %.
Not good. Breast cancer that spreads to bone(the spine) is usually "end stage" disease. It then becomes a "matter of time"".

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I have a friend that has stage three breast cancer in both breast and it has spread to the liver. What is her survival rate?

Everyone's different. Survival rates are most appropriately applied to large groups of patients; it's impossible to give such a number for one person, especially without knowing her own unique situation. As a generalization, we usually talk about "remission" rather than "cure" when cancer has spread to the liver (stage 4, by definition) since it is very difficult to completely eradicate cancer in that setting. Read more...
Guarded. Spreding to the liver is obviously a more aggressive disease. However, the prognosis will vary based on: do the cancer cells express her2 & hormonal receptors; if the cancer was already in the liver on presentation or spread to it while on treatment; can the tumors be surgically excised, etc. You need to have a detailed discussion with your cancer doctor. Read more...
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Depends. Stage 3 means armpit lymph node in involvement. Spread to other organs means stage 4. Treatment options vary. Best option is for her to have a review by a good oncologist for possible treatment options. Read more...