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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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  • Edward Smith Profile

    At my post mastectomy consultation, what can I expect? I am stage 1 with no residual tissue and nodes are clean.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 3 answers
    • Betsy Krueger Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I also had my staples taken out at that point. I was amazed that it didn't hurt! Of course there's numbness at the mastectomy site, but this was the first time I realized what that meant. The numbness around the scar is still there, but the area where I have no feeling is smaller.

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      I also had my staples taken out at that point. I was amazed that it didn't hurt! Of course there's numbness at the mastectomy site, but this was the first time I realized what that meant. The numbness around the scar is still there, but the area where I have no feeling is smaller.

      This was also the point at which I was handed off to the oncologist to discuss treatment--chemo, radiation. My cancer is DCIS, and I didn't have to have any more treatment. My DCIS had wide margins, and no node involvement.

      Hope it went well for you.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You may get some further pathology results and the surgeon will check the mastectomy site. Depending on what sort of reconstruction you are having, if any, this will be discussed as well. Good luck

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    Just diagnoised with DCIS, stage 0, grade 1. Had a lumpectomy with clean margins. Not sure about radiation treatment. Do I need it?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 7 answers
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    • Joanne Pawling Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was diagnosed dcis, stage 0, grade 2 and 3. Lumpectomy done and also had clear margins. My doctors have recommended radiation, and I began treatments last week. I also began taking Tamoxifen. I wish you well in your decision. my thought was fight it now, and hopefully I will never have to deal...

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      I was diagnosed dcis, stage 0, grade 2 and 3. Lumpectomy done and also had clear margins. My doctors have recommended radiation, and I began treatments last week. I also began taking Tamoxifen. I wish you well in your decision. my thought was fight it now, and hopefully I will never have to deal with this again.

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    • Douglas Feil Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      That's a question for your doctor. You should get your doctor's opinion. My mom had the same thing, though, about 5 years ago. I think she opted out of radiation, but again, you have to get some second opinions. I think they (doctors) do radiation after a lumpectomy because they want to make...

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      That's a question for your doctor. You should get your doctor's opinion. My mom had the same thing, though, about 5 years ago. I think she opted out of radiation, but again, you have to get some second opinions. I think they (doctors) do radiation after a lumpectomy because they want to make sure they got all the abnormal cells, so nothing has a chance to spread later.

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  • Penny Walton Profile

    Good news! My metastatic workup is all clean, the cancer has not spread beyond the lymphs in the breast area & rest of body is clear. Had good talk with onc & finally level like we connected. Praise God!

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2014
    about 7 years 9 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Great!! Treatment is much easier when you feel like everyone is on the same team.

      Comment
    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      How wonderful! Your Pink Sisters are cheering for you!

      Comment
  • anonymous Profile

    I have a lot of hip pain. Had breast cancer stage 3b chemotherapy , radiation and now on tamoxifen, why do I have so much hip pain?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 4 answers
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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Joint pain is a side effect of tamoxifen. You should let your doctor know since you have had radiation and chemo you bones may have weakened hip fractures are the most common fracture from weakened bones from what my doctor told me.

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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You may want to have your Vitamin D checked to be sure you are not deficient. Low Vitamin D can also cause joint pain. Best of luck to you.

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