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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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  • Susie Wilson Profile

    Stage IIB IDC. Triple negative. First chemo tomorrow. Terrified about side effects. What are the most common side effects?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2012
    over 8 years 5 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Susie, I remember when I first began chemo. It's very scaring not knowing what to expect. My first go around with chemo I had 4 rounds of Adriamycin/Cytoxin followed by 4 rounds of dose dense Taxol. My main side effects during my first 4 rounds of Adriamycin/Cytoxin cocktail were nausea and...

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      Hi Susie, I remember when I first began chemo. It's very scaring not knowing what to expect. My first go around with chemo I had 4 rounds of Adriamycin/Cytoxin followed by 4 rounds of dose dense Taxol. My main side effects during my first 4 rounds of Adriamycin/Cytoxin cocktail were nausea and fatigue. They will give you something in your IV drip for nausea plus a prescription as well (usually its Zofran). Be sure to take it as directed BEFORE you get nauseous. My nausea was never bad enough to make my throw up. The meds are great...use them! My hair began to fall out on day 14 after my first chemo treatment. I decided to be proactive and had my boyfriend give me a buzz cut. My hair was very long and I didn't want to see it fall out in clumps. It was easier on me that way. And I must say...the fear and dread of losing my hair was harder than actually losing it. I need to do a new profile pic because I have about 2 inches of hair now. :).  It began growing back near my last treatment. Unfortunately I had to begin chemo again after my mastectomy but it's with 2 different drugs and I haven't lost what little hair I have this time.  :). During my last four rounds of Taxol my side effects were fatigue, changes in my nails, losing my eyelashes, eyebrows, etc., & some bone pain. I have had some neuropathy in my feet & hands but it was mild.  Taxol was easier for me.  You will probably be getting a shot of Neulasta periodically to boost you white blood count. This might give you some bone pain mostly in the upper body. If you'll take a Claritin a few hours before your Neaulasta shot and for a few days after...it will help decrease the pain. Don't ask me how it works...but it does! I have spoken to so many other omen that have sworn by it. About the only side effect that can't be controlled is the fatigue. Be kind to your body. Get lots of rest. Let others help you. Chemo isn't easy...but it's doable. If you can get in the mindset that chemo is not something that's being done to you...but think of it as an ally in your fight against cancer it will be easier to deal with. I'll keep you in my thoughts & prayers! Keep the faith & God bless you in your journey to wellness. 

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    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I forgot to mention the # 1 side effect- hair loss. I lost all of my hair- head, legs, underarm first then eyebrows and eyelashes later on. It's been just about 6 months since I first started treatments, and 2 months since I ended and my hair is finally starting to grow back! I must check 10X a...

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      I forgot to mention the # 1 side effect- hair loss. I lost all of my hair- head, legs, underarm first then eyebrows and eyelashes later on. It's been just about 6 months since I first started treatments, and 2 months since I ended and my hair is finally starting to grow back! I must check 10X a day to see if it's getting any longer! I'm glad I have hair again - although just a little bit! I was so sad when my hair came out, but you get through it and carry on!

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    Happy Father's Day to all the husbands and fathers who help us through our breast cancer journey.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 1 answer
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      A great big giant AMEN to that

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  • vicky kayley Profile

    Last chemo today yipee can not believe how quickly it has gone, start rads on 4th September. The light is getting near x x

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 20 answers
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    • vicky kayley Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you all for the lovely comments, I really can not believe how quickly it has gone. Good luck to all still in chemo it will be done before you know it , lots of hugs to all x x

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      YIPPEE!!!! What a great place to be. You made it through the chemo and now on to another step.... closer and closer to the end of your treatment. We are all celebrating with you! Pony-Fur Hugs to you! Sharon

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  • Amy Myres Profile

    has anyone heard of breast cancer spreading to neck nodes

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 2 years 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      The body can do strange things. I recall working as a Mammographer a doctor removed a mole on a lady around her collarbone area as he didn't like the looks of it. The pathology came back +for breast cancer but she was a little young to do mammograms on but in her case we did a study. Her one...

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      The body can do strange things. I recall working as a Mammographer a doctor removed a mole on a lady around her collarbone area as he didn't like the looks of it. The pathology came back +for breast cancer but she was a little young to do mammograms on but in her case we did a study. Her one breast had cancer in it but it was on the opposite side as the mole had been on.

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    • Janet Stitt Profile
      anonymous
      stage_1 Patient

      Yes. BC can spread to a number of nodes besides under arm. collar bone, breast bone, neck nodes are all a possibility. You should speak to your Doctor or breast cancer nurse coordinator for more answers. Good luck to you.

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