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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

  • debbie schubert Profile

    Has anyone else experienced not knowing the origin of their cancer? My doctors don't know where mine is but know that it is stage 4.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      My boyfriend's best friend had stage 4 cancer. He was a highly respected Oncologist no less. And....his physician never found the origin of his cancer. Best wishes Debbie. Yes, Sharon's right...please come back, there are some wonderful supportive women on here. :)

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Debbie, I will be watching for answers you receive because I haven't heard of this before. Good luck to you. This board has a lot of wonderful supportive women.

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  • lisa epstein Profile

    I had stage 1 2.1mm and grade 3, I had a lumpectomy and am er positive nodes neg. and clear margins. What kind of treatment do you think I will need now?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    almost 7 years 1 answer
    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I would talk with your doctor but I chose to have radiation after the lumpectomy and am now taking Tamoxifen. I know this is a scary time but I wanted to do everything I could to keep from having another cancer. God bless you and be with you through your journey.

      2 comments
  • Sam Alfaro Profile

    My mom just found out today that she has breast cancer. How can me and my family support her in every way possible?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 3 answers
    • Shelley Zipp Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sam, I'm sorry about your mom. I too have been recent diagnosed with breast cancer. Although all breast cancers are not alike ( I had a lumptectomy and lymph nodes removed, 1 node cancerous, and the surgeon removed all of the cancer and still have to go through chemo), the diagnosis is still...

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      Sam, I'm sorry about your mom. I too have been recent diagnosed with breast cancer. Although all breast cancers are not alike ( I had a lumptectomy and lymph nodes removed, 1 node cancerous, and the surgeon removed all of the cancer and still have to go through chemo), the diagnosis is still shocking. Luckily, even if its Stage II, or a large tumor, lots of women have survived worse scenarios than mine over the past decade or so. Continue, like my family did for me, to give her TLC, support and prayers. Accompany her to her dr's appts. It helps to have another body or 2 present, be it either friend or relative to ask questions and take notes. Especially important to have someone there because all the information you get is very overwhelming, and you or someone else might think of questions your mom hasn't thought of. Having a positive attitude helps too! Best wishes to you and your family.

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Just be there...sometimes she will be in good spirits, sometimes she'll need to cry. When she does, she needs compassion, not advice (I.e. If she says she's scared, don't minimalize it by saying everything will be fine or to think positive b/c frankly, we don't want to think positively. ...

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      Just be there...sometimes she will be in good spirits, sometimes she'll need to cry. When she does, she needs compassion, not advice (I.e. If she says she's scared, don't minimalize it by saying everything will be fine or to think positive b/c frankly, we don't want to think positively. Instead, say something like, I'm sure this is scary for you and I'm here for you).

      Set up a plan for family members to go to all appointments with her. Help her tell people b/c that can be overwhelming. Cook, clean, do laundry. See if neighbors/friends can set up a calendar to prepare meals, visit.

      Take her out when she's feeling good so it's not always about the cancer--and make het laugh!

      It sounds like she has a strong support group with you and your family ... That is crucial. I'll be thinking of you

      2 comments
  • Robin Bailey Profile

    Should you tell people when you have stage 0?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Gail Horton Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I say YES, because you are a great example of why early detection is so important! :)

      2 comments
    • Nikol Vega Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I agree you should tell, I did. I am also stage 0

      1 comment

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