Can breast cancer spread to the brain, be cured?

Mets to Brain. Unfortunately, a cure would be very unlikely.But, survivial time and quality of life are increasing there are meds that can treat disease that spreads and newer treatment that involve radiation that specfically targets small tumors.Reasearch and trials of antibodies targeting certain tumor types continue.Still, the best way is finding the breast cancer very early in the breast through exams etc.
Stage IV. When breast cancer spreads to other organ beyond the breast area- lung, liver, bones, brain, --it is called metastasis. This is a stage IV disease-and is considered to be incurable disease, unfortunately, .
Unlikely. Metastatic breast cancer, especially to the brain is generally not curable. However, treatment may reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.

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At what maximum rate can breast cancer spread to the brain?

Depends. This depends on the biology of the cancer and the initial stage of the disease when brought to medical attention. "triple-negative" breast cancers (er-, pr-, her2-) are more likely to result in brain metastases than "hormone-receptor" positive breast cancers, which tend to have slower courses of recurrence and don't usually show up in the brain. Talk to your surgeon or oncologist for more info! Read more...

My friend has breast cancer n it spread to her lungs. The dr gave her 8 months but it has been now 2 years. Now it has spread to her brain. How long?

Depends. Depends on the amount of spread and type of care she is eligible to get. You and she are very fortunate that she has survived this long. Maybe the doctors will give her a bit more time yet! Read more...
Can't predict. Survival after metastatic breast cancer is highly variable and depends upon numerous factors, including what treatment is given. Brain metastasis are usually very serious but can respond to radiation therapy or to surgical resection. A strong will to live is important as one needs to maintain a healthy diet and exercise program throughout the course. Read more...
Difficult. None of us can never predict life expectancy. We can guesstimate but obviously we can be wrong. Once cancer reaches the brain survival is diminished. Hope this helps. Read more...

My best friend is fighting stage IV breast cancer an how the cancer spread through her brain and lungs and lymph node, what are her chances?

5 year survival Rate. According to the american cancer society the 5 year relative survival rate for stage IV breast cancer is 22%. Read more...
Not great. Once cancer reaches the brain, survival is diminished. But there are long term survivors that have brain metastasis. The best thing that you can do is provide hope and support for her. Hope this helps. Read more...

My mom is 72 has breast cancer that spread to her brain she is reciving hyperbaric oxygen therapy has these large knots in her upper thighs im concern?

Yes you have . To be concerned about your mom health, you discuss with her doctors and decide what is best for her , you and your family members and friend make her as comfortable as possible good luck . Read more...
Of course you are! The knots in her thighs could be breast cancer. It sounds like her cancer has spread to many places. The thighs aren't an area that will cause many problems, but her brain is a big concern. Have you talked to your mom about where she would like to die? That's a hard conversation, but a compassionate and loving thing to understand so you can plan together. Cherish this time with her. Read more...
Agree with earlier. Responses. I know of no connection between the large knots on her upper thighs and use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. 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 given 3 to 6 months prognosis, because of metastic breast cancer that has returned 3 times now to brain, what will the body/disease do as result?

It depends. The degree of control of the brain tumor is important. Although it has returned, the question is whether all avenues such as surgery, gamma knife or both have been used to control the brain tumors. With respect to the rest of the body, imaging/staging studies should be done to see how extensive the breast cancer is. That is, has it gone to the liver or lung or bone?That would make a big difference. Read more...
Variable. When a patient develops brain metastases, their symptoms are determined by the location of the lesion therefore the body reaction will vary based upon the location in the brain of the metastases. There may be motor changes, cognitive changes or total body failure. Read more...

What do you suggest if my mom has breast cancer in brain?

Options. There are many factors to consider. 1) If there are 4 or less brain metastases, stereotactic radiation treatment can be considered; this is especially true if there are no other areas of active disease. 2) If there are more than 4 areas of brain metastasis, then typically whole brain radiation treatment is given. 3) In some cases hospice can be the appropriate option. Read more...

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...