Metastatic breast cancer also called stage IV is breast cancer that has spread to another part of the body, most commonly the liver, brain, bones, or lungs. Cancer cells can break away from the original tumor in the breast and travel to other parts of the body through the bloodstream or the lymphatic system, which is a large network of nodes and vessels that works to remove bacteria, viruses, and cellular waste products. Breast cancer can come back in another part of the body months or years after the original diagnosis and treatment.
Finding out your breast cancer has spread can cause many different emotions, from disbelief, denial and shock to anger, fear and helplessness. These feelings are normal, but support is available to help you cope. What is secondary breast cancer?
Hi there Treehouse I'm nearly at seven years The breast cancer had spread throughout both lungs and liver before I even found a lump.
When Heather Jose was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancershe set a goal: Live to see her month-old daughter go to kindergarten. That day came and went long ago; in fact, she recently saw daughter Sydney off to her sophomore year of college. A cancer survivor for nearly 19 years, Jose wants people to know that living with advanced cancer is possible, and more women will have the chance as treatment options expand.
According to the National Cancer Institutean estimated 27 percent of people in the United States live at least five years after being diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. Many factors can affect your chances of long-term survival. Different subtypes of breast cancer behave differently — some are more aggressive than others, and some have far fewer treatment options than others.
When someone says they have been living with mets for 10 years… all heads turn. We all pay attention. We all want to hear their story.
We aimed to determine the prognostic impact of time between primary breast cancer and diagnosis of distant metastasis metastatic-free interval, MFI on the survival of metastatic breast cancer patients. Consecutive patients diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in — in eight hospitals in the Southeast of the Netherlands were included and categorised based on MFI. Survival curves were estimated using the Kaplan—Meier method.
When we hear that breast cancer has spread, it usually comes as a great shock. As you face this difficult time, we want you to know that there are women living full and meaningful lives despite having metastatic breast cancer. A few women have kindly offered their stories, messages and poetry here in the hope that they will give you the inspiration to live your life with hope and determination.
Approximately 3. The outlook for non-metastatic breast cancer patients has overall improved, with an average five-year survival rate reaching close to percent for people with stage 0 or I breast cancer, and 93 percent for people with stage II breast cancer. The prognosis for those women diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer is not as promising.