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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.

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  • Valerie Barnham Profile

    Recently diagnosed with stage4 breast cancer in bones lung and liver any info please?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 3 answers
    • Martha Phillips Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have stage iv in my bones I take zometa and falsodex once a month I've had stage iv for 10months doing good thanks to Jesus

      Comment
    • Gena Houghton Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I would highly recommend the book, Life Over Cancer by Keith Block, MD. It was tremendously helpful to me. He has a website www.lifeovercancer.com. I followed his diet and supplement recommendations since my diagnosis (and thru chemo)and have been very grateful for his help.

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    My mom is starting xeloda today after receiving 10 treatments of radiation.do any of you ladies have any experience with this chemo agent? My mom has metastisized stage 4 breast cancer and is terminal. Will her quality of life be ok on this medicine?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    about 5 years 3 answers
    • Lisa S Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I was on it for quite a while. I thought it was a great chemo. Be prepared for hand foot syndrome. Buy some white cotton gloves (any drug store or beauty supply) she will need to sleep w cream using gloves and socks to keep moist. The xeloda cleared the cancer from my liver and shrunk my other...

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      I was on it for quite a while. I thought it was a great chemo. Be prepared for hand foot syndrome. Buy some white cotton gloves (any drug store or beauty supply) she will need to sleep w cream using gloves and socks to keep moist. The xeloda cleared the cancer from my liver and shrunk my other tumors. I am terminal as well a be prepared to change chemos every so often. Good luck and remember this can be treated as a chronic disease for a long while.

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I've read about this chemo drug. It is a pill so she won't have to do the three or four hours doing the IV at the infusian center. Good thoughts and prayers for her journey and contiued strength for you caring for her.

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  • Shauntell Cullen Profile

    Interested in hearing treatments used for stage 4. I am 8 weeks into 12 of taxol and just wondering what might come next?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 4 Patient
    over 5 years 6 answers
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    • sabrina brown Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hang in there Shauntell, not how you probably saw your life going and now it's here. Take everything one day at a time and try to look for the positives, sometimes hard to see! And you will make your own path through your journey, we are all here cheering you on! Stay strong Fight like a Girl!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Hi Shauntell
      Julie said it right.... this is a club no one wants to be a member of. We have several women who are Stage 4. The treatments they receive are probably varied depending on the type of breast cancer they have. It is like any of us, we all have different types of breast cancer,...

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      Hi Shauntell
      Julie said it right.... this is a club no one wants to be a member of. We have several women who are Stage 4. The treatments they receive are probably varied depending on the type of breast cancer they have. It is like any of us, we all have different types of breast cancer, different stages, and different grades. We all learn from one another no matter what the differences are between us. We are all in the same boat called the
      USS Breast Cancer. We prop each other up and stick together as "sisters" would do.
      Hang in there Shauntell. Take care, Sharon

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  • Betsy Chapin Profile

    I am struggling with how cancer consumes my everyday thoughts. This month is especially difficult when we are bombarded with pink everywhere. I finished treatment 7 months ago and I still have it on my mind everyday. When will it go away?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2010
    over 6 years 12 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Betsy, unfortunately I can't answer that. I often wonder the same. Will it ever end? I am still in the middle of my treatments. I finished my last chemo just a few weeks ago and will have a double mastectomy in less than two weeks. Then finally radiation. And you're right...pink is everywhere...

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      Hi Betsy, unfortunately I can't answer that. I often wonder the same. Will it ever end? I am still in the middle of my treatments. I finished my last chemo just a few weeks ago and will have a double mastectomy in less than two weeks. Then finally radiation. And you're right...pink is everywhere this month. Of course you and I...and all the other women

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    • Betsy Chapin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Thank you to each and every one of you for answering. You have really helped me become more optimistic about this and I know this all consuming breast cancer feeling shall pass. In most moments of the day, I am the happiest I have ever been in my life due to my cancer journey. Time shall heal and...

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      Thank you to each and every one of you for answering. You have really helped me become more optimistic about this and I know this all consuming breast cancer feeling shall pass. In most moments of the day, I am the happiest I have ever been in my life due to my cancer journey. Time shall heal and cancer will stay in the background of my life. Today is a good day!

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