What issues can occur with someone with stage 4 breast cancer with mets to the brain and now bilateral pneumonia? What are signs of it worsening?

Decompensation. The symptoms of brain metastases vary depending upon the location of these lesions. When there are pulmonary changes, you must be ceratin they are not due to cancer in the lungs. Pneumonia may respond to a course on antibiotics while lung metastases will not.
It depends. Metastatic breast cancer can be treated but it is not curable, in general. Most patients live for 2-3 years after the development of metastases, usually about one year after brain metastases. Pneumonia of course is treatable with antibiotics provided her breast cancer is under control. It can also be a terminal event if all treatments for cancer have been exhausted. Ask for more info fromher doctors.

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What are the final symptoms or stages for someone with stage 4 breast cancer that has mets to brain?

It depends on the. Size, number, and location of the mets. Mets cause swelling, which can result in headache, nausea, weakness, seizures, or difficulty with thinking, speech, or vision depending on the part of the brain. In patients who succumb to the mets, it is usually swelling leading to difficulty breathing and loss of consciousness. Steroids and radiation (possibly surgery) are treatments that may help! Read more...
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 more...

Does radiation help with stage 4 breast cancer that has mets to the brain?

Yes. Radiation is very important to control symptoms like headaches or seizures. In rare cases, surgery or gamma knife are used but only if there are only a few mets and the rest of the disease is under control. Read more...
Yes. Brain metastases are often treated witih various forms of radiation. If many lesion exist, whole brain radiation is used. If a few are there, recent data suggest stereotactic radiosurgery (radiation therapy really) is useful. It can allow people to live much better after they have brain metastases. How your particular situation is best handled depends on many things. But form most, it helps. Read more...

When your oncologist recommends palliative care for stage 4 breast cancer that has mets to brain, what has happened physically to the body?

Stage 4. Usually represents disease through out the body that is not amendable to chemotherapy . Nothing happens to the body unless the tumors invade or erode blood vessels became necrotic or die causing infection . Extensive disease causes weight loss and malnutrition that can also contribute infection that can lead to death. Read more...
Peace and comfort. To the lost second , body deteriorates due to disease. Family , and unfortunate victim to the disease must come to terms allow the disease to take its course, providing pain free comfortable end is the palliative care , several dedicated hospice centers are available for such care. Read more...

What are symptoms of stage 4 breast cancer that is not hormonal and has mets to the brain and now the the liver is yellow coloring in eyes

Jaundice is liver. I am not exactly sure what you are asking, since stage 4 disease is defined by many different parameters: metastasis to the lung is stage 4, but you would not have symptoms; metastasis to the liver, may result in jaundice (yellowing of the whites of the eyes: sclera), but other than the color and some itching, you may not have symptoms either. Often it is fatigue, malaise, energy decrease. Read more...
Sounds bad. If she is jaundiced (yellow), the liver is failing. Not a good sign. Not a lot to offer if the liver is failing. Would suggest a hospice referral. I am sorry i cannot offer you much more than this. Hope this helps. Read more...

My wife has stage for breast cancer that has now mets to the brain, the oncologist has said prognosis is 3 to 6 months. How have they determined thi?

Stats. Terribly sorry about your young wife. Brain metastases have a poor prognosis and are usually fatal. That number they gave you is just a statistical average that may or may not apply to her. Depends on many factors. No person can know how long any of us has to live. Be with her and make her as happy and comfortable as possible whether she lives a day or a hundred years. God bless both. Read more...
Past info. Her oncologist likely did a ct scan of her brain and saw spots. Risk of developing metastatic disease depends on the stage of her original breast cancer. It would require a biopsy to confirm if it is breast cancer spread, or a primary tumor of the brain. Can have treatment implications. Would ask the oncologist these questions to help clarify. Read more...

What is the prognosis, if my wife had breast cancer and it has now mets to the brain and she has 8 modules and several lesions?

Ask Oncologist. Great strides have been made in breast cancer treatment. That said, once it metastisizes it is not a good thing. Your oncologist is the best guide to what your wife's prognosis is for the metastatic cancer. Best of luck to you both! Read more...
So-so. Breast cancer patients with brain metastases have a strong tendency to do better than the average patient with brain metastases. So you should treat it aggressively, but delicately, with fractionated whole brain radiation (i would give 40 gy/20 treatments for metastases from breast cancer) and salvage radiosurgery or surgery to any lesions that grow. Read more...

When stage 4 breast cancer has mets to lung, brain, adrenal, and now liver with no chemo how long can one live w/o chemo and radiation?

So sorry. This is a very bad situation, and really not compatible with life beyond 2 or 3 months at most. Once the liver gets involved, and out of control, there is little intervention which would succeed. Might consider hospice care at this point. All the best through this difficult time. Read more...
No very long perhaps. I'm sorry that the prognosis is not good, but this may be one of the cases that survives longer than the average. Some people in palliative care live years. Overall health, good support and spiritual strength play important roles in the quality of life regardless of the actual length. I wish you all the best during this challenging phase of life. Peace & love! Read more...
Probably not long. This person needs therapy is he/she so desires. If not, would recommend supportive care/hospice. Hope this helps. Read more...