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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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  • Michele Aboro Profile

    Hi I have just had sugary on stage 2b cancer and wanted to ask about what food is the best to eat before I start chemotherapy. Thanks Michele

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 7 answers
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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Sorry...that sent too early! The morning of my chemo, I ate something, like an English muffin and an egg. While getting started I had some milk to get some protein in case I wouldnt want it later. Bland foods that day and a few days after we're all I could tolerate. Watermelon and grapes were...

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      Sorry...that sent too early! The morning of my chemo, I ate something, like an English muffin and an egg. While getting started I had some milk to get some protein in case I wouldnt want it later. Bland foods that day and a few days after we're all I could tolerate. Watermelon and grapes were my savior and kept my hydrated when I was t drinking fluids. Which I was all the time. Be hydrated before during and after, so your body can flush out the toxins as fast as possible. Eat what you want before, but try to keep your nora

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I pretty much ate normally, which tends to be healthy. The

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  • Cassandra Wolff Profile

    Will the stage of breast cancer go down after chemotherapy and/or mastectomies?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 5 answers
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    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      No evidence of disease is after surgery chemo and or radiation. NED days is basically the all clear.
      You had stage /-- before treatment and look
      Forward to NED days.

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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      It is my understanding that your treatment/surgeries don't reduce the stage of cancer. Staging is based on the size of tumor and if it has spread to lymph nodes or other areas of the body. There is a great video on the learn section of this site. I was stage 2 and 10 years later I still I...

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      It is my understanding that your treatment/surgeries don't reduce the stage of cancer. Staging is based on the size of tumor and if it has spread to lymph nodes or other areas of the body. There is a great video on the learn section of this site. I was stage 2 and 10 years later I still I have a "history" of stage 2 bc. Let us know what your doctor's answer is. Keep the questions coming! We are here for you!

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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
    over 7 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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  • Unknown Unknown Profile

    My mom is having a double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery on Tuesday. Any recommendations on what to pack and how I can support her the best way possible?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 5 answers
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    • Kathy M Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Pack loose button up or zip up shirts. Bring a pillow for the drive home that can get bumpy and uncomfortable. Check to see if she will be given a surgical bra that will hold the drains. It makes things a lot easier. Most of all your love and support. Your mom is in my thoughts and prayers.

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    • Natasha Nunnally Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Pack your patience and understanding. I had a bilateral mastectomy about 30 days ago, and my Aunt has been so wonderful and supportive just being here by my side and helping me through all the difficult time. Try not to leave your mom's side. Make sure someone is there at the hospital with her...

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      Pack your patience and understanding. I had a bilateral mastectomy about 30 days ago, and my Aunt has been so wonderful and supportive just being here by my side and helping me through all the difficult time. Try not to leave your mom's side. Make sure someone is there at the hospital with her especially at night cause that's when real emotion start to set in. I will keep your family in my prayers.

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