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Types & Stages

 
Types & Stages

Chapter: 5 - Types & Stages

Subchapter: 5 - Stage 4

Stage 4 is the most advanced stage of breast cancer, because it has spread to other organs of the body; most often the bones, lungs, liver, or brain. This is known as “metastatic cancer”.

If you have been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, the strenuous cycles of treatment can be exhausting. You will need to make careful decisions and plans regarding your condition, but there is no reason to give up on life and relationships. Many women with Stage 4 cancer discover strength of character and qualities of resilience they never knew they had before.

Remember to rely on your supportive group of family and friends. With their care and support, as well as your personal motivation, you will be able invest wholeheartedly in the options at hand, making the most of life for you and your loved ones.

Related Questions

  • D D Profile

    What can I expect from a surgery biopsy and how soon are the results shared? A lump on breast is about 3.5 cm was aspirated and resulted in a bloody liquid and revealed another behind it. (3cm with hardened walls and atypical cells...I'm scared)

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 3 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi DD, yes it's very scary waiting. It usually takes at least two days (sometimes longer) to get the biopsy results in. While you're waiting ...know that 80% of biopsies are negative. I pray you're in that 80%. Hugs

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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was scared too so I know how you feel. Try not to worry until you know for sure what is going on. Remember God loves you and will help you through if you just ask.

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    I have stage 1 BC Ductal Carcinoma invasive on my right breast, I am considering bilateral Mastectomy, I had stage 0 noninvasive cancer in the left breast when I was 39 years old.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I think a choice of bilateral mastectomy is absolutely worth consideration. It is something to discuss with your oncologist and surgeon. Since you have had a history of BC in your left breast, it is probably the best decision to have a bilateral mastectomy. You can also talk about the...

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      I think a choice of bilateral mastectomy is absolutely worth consideration. It is something to discuss with your oncologist and surgeon. Since you have had a history of BC in your left breast, it is probably the best decision to have a bilateral mastectomy. You can also talk about the possibility of reconstruction too. I had a mastectomy in 2006 and wear a prosthesis which is quite comfortable. In fact, to me, it is so comfy, it feels normal! I It is a personal choice women have to make for themselves. Please keep in contact with us, we care about everybody going through this journey. Take care, and blessings to you.
      Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I chose a bilateral mastectomy, to me it was a no brainer. I have not had any regrets what so ever. I am now going through my expansion which should be complete in a couple of months. When it is complete I will have a pair of equal sized breast that look the same and I also reduced the chance of...

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      I chose a bilateral mastectomy, to me it was a no brainer. I have not had any regrets what so ever. I am now going through my expansion which should be complete in a couple of months. When it is complete I will have a pair of equal sized breast that look the same and I also reduced the chance of a reoccurrence . Good luck with it all.

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  • Karen G Profile

    I am going in for my Oncoplasty surgery tomorrow. Please pray for me and wish me clear margins. This is my third surgery and my last try to keep my breast. If this doesn't work I will need a Mastectomy.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 7 years 13 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      God bless and praying for you

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Surgery isn't easy but God willing you will go through this surgery and be much healthier in the end. You are in all of our prayers. Take care, jayme

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  • Caroline Foster Caubet Profile

    How do I tell my kids?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 1996
    almost 9 years 7 answers
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    • Caroline Foster Caubet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 1996

      When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, my daughters were between 16 and 6. What could they hear? Obviously the message could not be the same for each one of them. I spoke to each one individually, without pronouncing the word "cancer". Their questions did come with time and I answered...

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      When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, my daughters were between 16 and 6. What could they hear? Obviously the message could not be the same for each one of them. I spoke to each one individually, without pronouncing the word "cancer". Their questions did come with time and I answered with simple words. What I wanted them to understand was that I was very sick, that I was fighting hard and that there was a pretty good chance that I would win the battle. I tried to give a message of hope. 15 years later, we talk about it and they say they appreciated understanding progressively.

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    • Elise Merchant Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Well ive just turned 12 and my mum was diagnosed on January 05 2011 and i was 11 at the time and she came in and said to me- a soon as she got back from the hospital- Ellie theyve found a lump and so we hugged and then i asked is it cancer and she said it was. i was greatful that she told me...

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      Well ive just turned 12 and my mum was diagnosed on January 05 2011 and i was 11 at the time and she came in and said to me- a soon as she got back from the hospital- Ellie theyve found a lump and so we hugged and then i asked is it cancer and she said it was. i was greatful that she told me straight out that it was and that she was going to be fine :)

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