I especially think of this when I hear that a friend with my type of metastatic disease has passed away,” says Shirley Mertz, chair of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance. Good on you for doing the research. Chemo will often slow the growth of the cancer (even if it isn't curable) and certainly can make some improvements, but remember it comes with a lot of side effects that can make her fatigue, nausea, appetite, and weakness all worse. She was given access to a palliative care doctor to help manage her pain, which to say the least, I have not been impressed with. It’s in both breasts. Otherwise she is on an oral hormone, and oral hydromorph twice a day. I have spent years caring for her in different ways with her PTSD and depression issues. It was a shock diagnosis, but not really at the same time. Metastatic Breast Cancer Treatment and Research News from Patient Empowerment Network on Vimeo. My mother raised me and my brother as a mostly single parent. In 2013, she learned that the cancer had recurred in her spine and other bones. User account menu. Can it be removed completely? Background. There isn't one type of cancer. My mom doesn't seem to know much about her diagnoses or care other than the fact that she is upset nobody has given her a timeline. 9. Blood tests might show some but I don't think any breast cancers show up in the blood. Reddit. Sometimes, oncologists can be pretty aggressive about wanting to treat people with cancer, because they want to give their patients the best chance at living. 9. Reddit; Wechat; Abstract. It’s when the disease spreads, or metastasizes, that it often turns lethal. Aside from losing too much weight, the doctor doesn't seem concerned. They treated her pain with radiation, and they treated the cancer in the lining of her brain with radiation as well. Materials and methods. Thank you for the well wishes, everything helps. For any other decision it doesn't really help or mean anything because they lump all the different types of cancer together and there are many different types of breast cancer and the statistics don't yet include the latest drugs, etc etc. Chemo does nothing in the brain for breast cancer, and rads at best delay a bit. Metastatic breast cancer is the most advanced stage of breast cancer, also popularly referred to as breast cancer stage IV.There are five stages of breast cancer from step 0 where the breast cancer cells have not affected the lymph nodes. DNA was extracted from 3831 consecutive MBCs: 1237 (ER pos /HER2 neg), 1953 ER neg /HER2 amp, and 641 triple‐negative breast cancer … I quickly realized this would continue on for what she has left of her life, for me to handle. Archived. The unknown is killing me. Background. Plus they don't give you ANY insight into how an individual cancer will react. I am a 34 yr old female diagnosed with breast cancer about a week ago (TNBC). Metastatic Breast Cancer. Which to me is unrealistic given her condition. She'd like to know how long she has, but one Oncologist said it can be 9 months, and another said 2-10 years. I had a mastectomy, did 6 rounds of chemo and a year of a drug called herceptin. Reddit; Wechat; Abstract. BRCA2, Rad Onc / Palliative Care - comments are not medical advice. They just don't know much yet. Seems unlikely to have made much difference given her young age. I spent the past few weeks learning everything I could and I know it's rare even for older people to be diagnosed first with metastatic breast cancer and I'm astonished at how low the survival rates are. Basically having cancer doesn't make your death anymore certain than anyone else. Among patients diagnosed with breast cancer, 5%‐10% had primary metastasis, and 20%‐30% would develop into metastatic disease. The anthracyclines (doxorubicin, epirubicin) and the taxanes (paclitaxel, docetaxel) are considered the most active agents for patients with advanced breast cancer. As metastatic breast cancer testing approaches continue to expand, new and promising treatments have emerged. Cancer and its treatment represent major stressors requiring that patients make multiple adaptations. I don't want to sound smug). We have got a 2nd opinion and we have checked and the cancer has spread everywhere. Caregiver. I just need encouragement and hope. I do get sick of tired of having to educate them, but as long as they bring me tea in bed I can live with it. Hi! Trying to cope with the diagnoses, and the harsh reality of losing my mom before she gets to see me get married or have children is crushing, but the unknown of what to look for, when to put her in hospice, and who to talk to makes it much worse. Only today my radiation therapist was telling me about someone who is alive after showing up 6 years ago "riddled with cancer". The unfortunate reality is that cancer does not always have a clear cause, sometimes it just happens for no good reason - even in young people (I was only 23 when diagnosed). My absentee father spent the majority of his time working hours away, and only coming home on weekends to clean the pool and see his friends. I always imagined my adult life littered with phone calls for advice on my marriage and how to raise my own children right, and then I was hit with this diagnosis. Thank you for your response and kindness. She was diagnosed with stage 4, with limited options for treatment aside from pain control a hormone-blocking drug to slow the growth of the cancer cells. She could absolutely live a long life, but it probably won't be "normal" in the same way that someone who has never had cancer is normal. The last five months have been nothing short of life-changing. Financial toxicity due to the direct out‐of‐pocket costs of care is central to patients' value equation, 1-3 yet indirect costs, such as time spent receiving care, are understudied. In terms of treatment options, the oncologists are not being aggressive really. Three hundred and thirty‐eight patients with breast cancer have been reviewed. None of her doctors will give us a time frame, but my research shows that that cancer in the lining of her brain is an end-stage progression, and we most likely will not see more than a year. That she is confused, not wanting to eat, can't function well on her own, and sleeps so much, all tend to be signs that someone doesn't have much longer to live, especially without treatment. About half of the patients with skeletal metastases developed femoral involvement, usually bilateral. If the metastatic breast cancer started as an earlier-stage breast cancer, you can ask whether the cancer cells should be tested for characteristics such as hormone receptors and HER2 receptors in case they are different from the primary breast cancer. Has spread to my bones (all over my skeleton) and skin. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, Stage 4B Lymphoma - Transformed NHLPL/DLBCL. Press J to jump to the feed. But that doesn't mean she can't be happy. 1 Approximately, 25% of patients with MBC developed brain metastasis. My mom has lived alone for years, about 15 minutes away from me. As you mentioned, there is no cure for metastatic breast cancer. Download full-text PDF. Cancer … The palliative care doctor doesn't speak much to me, and I wish she would as I need the support. If detected early, breast cancer can be controlled. For some people (me) metastatic breast cancer is more like a chronic illness than a death sentence. I also hate "pink". Many with stage IV breast cancer also benefit from some type of chemotherapy and some do live years. I'm a woman living with Terminal, Metastatic Breast Cancer to the liver. There is nothing that she did that caused this a terrible disease. March 16th, 2020, my mom was diagnosed in the ER with Metastatic breast cancer, spread to her lungs, spine, pelvis, ribs, neck, and the lining of her brain. I want to have more faith that it might be ok. Tldr: A recent Contrast CT scan led to the incidental discovery in of liver and breast masses. I'm sorry about your friend. It's best not to think about the future at this point, and to focus on making it through treatment and trying to get as much joy and laughter out of each day as you possibly can. They tend to have a lot of experience with sick people, and maybe they could give you a better understanding of just what to expect from here. Chemoresistance, the major obstacle in breast cancer chemotherapy, results in unnecessary chemotherapy and wasting of medical resources. I'm sorry to hear about her diagnosis. Though some people may live for several years, your friends doctors will have a better idea on what things look like in her individual case, based on the type of cancer, where it is and how aggressive it is, and the response to treatments. 4, 5 Such time costs can be substantial, with a previous study estimating 270 hours spent on breast cancer‐related care in the final year of life. Someone I know under 30 has been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. I think the stress got to her, and a few days were spent hopping in an ambulance to the hospital as she was in so much pain she could not wait for me to drive her. While there is no cure for metastatic breast cancer, there are treatments that slow the cancer, extending the patient’s life while also improving the quality of life, Henry says. Metastatic breast cancer. Metastatic cancer cells can lie dormant for years, even decades, only to “wake up” and find their way into different parts of the body, such as the lungs, liver, brain or bones. When cancer cells travel from the breast to the bones or the lungs and form tumors, these tumors are still considered breast cancer cells and not bone or lung cancer. Reddit; Wechat; Abstract. Can cancer be detected in a blood test? No surgery, no chemo other than the oral hormone that is slowing the cell growth. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, breast cancer 2015. cholangiocarcinoma 2019. It wouldn't cause the cancer, so much as feed it. Blood tests don't detect the cancer but sometimes advanced cancer can cause regular tests to be a bit off. If the cancer is hormone related then the pill may have increased the risk of cancer. Chemotherapy plays an important role in the management of metastatic breast cancer. It’s terrible. In the last 15 years, a large number of new agents have entered clinical use, a result of the dramatic increase in our understanding of the molecular underpinnings of metastatic breast cancer. Reddit; Wechat; Abstract. Not much help, I know, but it's all I can offer. AMA. You just don't know what will happen with cancer. Today I had my first appointment with the oncologist who, contingent on the results of additional tests, has recommended … Someone I know under 30 has been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. The reason I bring this up is that I almost felt caring for her in this sense would be my inevitable future, and I feel as though I grieved the women my mother once was, many years ago. A Case Report of Male Occult Breast Cancer First Manifesting as Axillary Lymph Node Metastasis With Part of Metastatic Mucinous Carcinoma . A metastatic tumor in a different part of the body is made up of cells from the breast cancer. The people there might be able to be of help and there are many Canadians there. I have limited support from my brother, as he is busy co-parenting with his ex-wife and working full-time as a Police Officer during a global pandemic. I'm so confused and so worried about her family. But can she have a long and normal life? Well this week she was having really bad pain … Press J to jump to the feed. Can birth control pills cause cancer? She has only met my mom twice in person since her diagnoses which is difficult too. Purpose. I feel lost. Yes. Cancer and its treatment represent major stressors requiring that patients make multiple adaptations. Holley was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer in 2012. In 2011 cancer was found in my liver, which means it is Stage IV, and with breast cancer, not survivable. Log In Sign Up. Reddit; Wechat; Abstract. EDIT: Also, you can drink soda while you're on chemo. In recent days, she is very forgetful and confused, she has lost over 60 pounds, she sleeps 12-18 hours a day, gets sick after most meals or snacks, and is so weak she can barely make it up the stairs. I can't tell you how many of my (very, very loving) friends and family have done none. Things have been moving pretty quickly and there's lots of appointments, which have already been a little difficult to manage, work-wise (I have not shared the news with my supervisor yet). My mom is very good a hiding her symptoms/how she is really feeling/acting when the doctor calls. I can't find much on people who have survived and lived a normal life. There is a support forum over at community.breastcancer.org for those affected by breast cancer and their care givers. Chemotherapy plays an important role in the management of metastatic breast cancer. You should try to get a second opinion if you can to see if there are more treatment options available for your mother. Clinical Trials: The NCCN recommends cancer patient participation in clinical trials as the gold standard for treatment. Chemo doesn't usually come with specific dietary restrictions, it's more about just eating whatever you feel like you can stomach at the time. Dr. Lisa Flaum shares information on recently approved treatment options and the role of genetic markers in accessing targeted therapy. Holley Kitchen is the “cancer lifer” whose June 4, 2015 video about what it’s like to live with metastatic breast cancer that went viral on Facebook and other media outlets. Major illness has a way of overturning your life in an instant even if it isn't you that is sick. I am 26, a first time home buyer, hoping to continue on with life as expected for someone my age, and I am struggling to do so given what I feel is science vs spirit. That week was littered with scans, new doctors, and hours of driving to Newmarket to begin talking treatment plan. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. I’ve been told that I’m too young for this, since I’m 36. Each patient's situation is unique regardless of what stats say. I try not to blame him for his lack of availability and willingness to help, but I can openly admit that I feel frustrated at him for not doing more. What is certain is the treatment - surgery, chemo, radiation. But that isn't always what every patient needs or wants. In 2009 I was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. I am a 26-year-old originally from Ontario, Canada, recently moved to Quebec with my boyfriend and mother in tow. I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in April. Being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer can be overwhelming. She is kind and caring, and incredibly selfless with her children. It was a shock diagnosis, but not really at the same time. Metastatic breast cancer is still considered an incurable process, but the division into molecular subtypes has led to improvements in care and facilitated a personalized management approach. Posted by 7 months ago. The estrogen blocking drugs can actually be very powerful cancer supressors in estrogen receptor positive cancer and some people with brain metastasis benefit significantly from brain radiation. New agents for the palliative treatment of metastatic breast cancer have emerged in the 1990s. Reddit; Wechat; Abstract. Reddit; Wechat; Abstract. The Pap test was supported by the results of cervical and endometrial biopsies. Breast Cancer (Recurrent or Metastatic) Treatment Regimens. The Internet is full of people who can't tolerate it. Press J to jump to the feed. Methods. The most common treatments for metastatic breast cancer in any location (bone, brain, lung, or liver) are systemic medications, which … This study investigated the incidence, radiographic patterns and relevance to clinical outcome of everolimus‐related pneumonitis (ERP) in metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patients. Reddit can't know if it's cancer or not. I'm sorry to hear about your mother. As I am her legal caregiver, my only option was to have her move with me to QC as she has no one else to assist, and I had already signed my mortgage prior to her diagnosis. She has never had cancer before nor did she experience any symptoms. Single‐agent sequential chemotherapy with anthracycline or taxane has remained the cornerstone of treatment for many years. 1 Metastatic breast cancer (MBC) remains an incurable disease with an estimated 5‐year survival of only 25%. An unusual case is described of a 64‐year‐old woman with a remote history of breast cancer whose first non‐nodal metastasis was discovered on a routine Pap test. I will stop now. You may feel angry, scared, stressed, outraged, and depressed. And there's no guarantee it will help. We examined a large dataset of female metastatic breast cancers (MBCs) profiled with comprehensive genomic profiling (CGP) to identify the prevalence and distribution of immunotherapy responsiveness‐associated biomarkers. A few years ago (maybe about 4-5 years) my grandma (70) had breast cancer, and then fought it. Can stage 4 be controlled? Sorry for the long post. Reddit; Wechat; ABSTRACT. Her family has never had any case of cancer and we have no idea how/why this has happened and why it's this advanced this fast. Metastatic breast cancer. The cells have not formed tumors and … Also you will find the Internet is full of worst cases and sad stories. She tends to refuse help from most doctors, or at least, the preventative care required to avoid problems from getting worse. ctDNA analysis was performed in 37 HER2‐positive metastatic breast cancer patients treated with pyrotinib. The conventional markers of HER-2, ER, and PR also guide management in the metastatic setting. I can't understand how this could happen. She even got a check up a few months ago with an all clear. The anthracyclines (doxorubicin, epirubicin) and the taxanes (paclitaxel, docetaxel) are considered the most active agents for patients with advanced breast cancer. You are going through a lot right now, remember to be kind and patient with yourself, ask for help from those around you and be willing to accept kindness is the only advice I can give you. From what I know and in my experience as an ER doctor, the more reliable indicators that someone doesn't have long to live are related to how they are managing in life compared to normal. I held the move off as long as possible, to ensure she could benefit from as much treatment in ON as possible before we got here. "Nearly 40,000 women and men die every year, and that number hasn't changed in two decades." The people doing fine don't tend to speak up out of respect for the people not doing so well. She's lucky to have someone concerned about her - I would take cues from your friend in terms of how much support and information she needs from you at this time, New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. ( For example, I am on tamoxifen. Have you been able to talk to your mother about what she thinks about her diagnosis and the treatment options? Certain impending femoral fractures can be presaged, and in these patients prophylactic internal fixation has reduced the incidence of pathologic fractures in femora so affected by metastatic disease from 32% to 9%. With metastatic breast cancer, the median survival rate is only two to three years, Mertz said. Metastatic breast cancer is the most frequent cause of cancer death for women worldwide. Has the palliative care doctor given any opinion on how he thinks your mom is doing? A life-prolonging drug is being fully funded for New Zealanders with advanced (metastatic) breast cancer, saving patients thousands of dollars and ultimately giving them more time. She has never had cancer before nor did she experience any symptoms. You're right, it's rare, and it's worrisome. She did a wonderful job given the circumstances, and when my parents inevitably divorced, I chose to stay with her full time. Close. No feasible method has been available to predict chemoresistance before chemotherapy. Try not to pay too much attention to statistics. Reddit; Wechat; Abstract. Cassidy here. So if breast cancer spreads to the bone, the metastatic tumor in the bone is made up of breast cancer cells, not bone cells. Upon diagnosis, we had a rough initial week. Sending you all my love and vibes. Her doctors, on the other hand, seem to believe that if she just stays in a positive mindset, she could see 2-10 years. I am so very sorry that your mother, you, and your family are going through this. I am a 26-year-old originally from Ontario, Canada, recently moved to Quebec with my boyfriend and mother in tow. I hesitate to even write here that I have no problems with it at all. But the doctors are right - when it’s in the brain the prognosis is short. This reddit is for the discussion of cancer, cancer related news, stories of survival, stories of loss and everything else associated with the disease. This sucks. Had no previous cancer diagnosis. I find myself battling emotions of anger and frustration vs. happiness and joy to spend these last moments with her. Please read. She has been my rock growing up, always proud, always boastful. Several years ago, the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance did a study that found that of all research grants, financed by significant public and private sources from 2006-2013, just 7% of funds studied metastatic breast cancer, even though metastasis is the thing that causes breast cancer to become dangerous disease. We have got a 2nd opinion and we have checked and the cancer has spread everywhere. Metastatic triple‐negative breast cancer (mTNBC) patients tend to have a poor overall survival. Many patients now live 10 years or more after a metastatic diagnosis. Thank you for your response. She even got a check up a few months ago with an all clear. Everything helps. I think you are right to try to be realistic. I’m hormone positive and her2-, and it’s invasive ductal carcinoma. This review summarizes the response rates of these agents with an emphasis on recent findings, such as presentations from the 1998 Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Starting your periods early can be another increased risk. No. Tumor heterogeneity was associated with treatment outcome of metastatic cancers but few studies have examined whether tumor heterogeneity in circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) can be used to predict treatment outcome. I would love to get a second opinion also, but she isn't too interested in seeing more doctors which makes it so hard. Background. This reddit is for the discussion of cancer, cancer related news, stories of survival, stories of loss and everything else associated with the disease. Although the doctor puts on a polite facade, she seems to ignore the things that to me, are signs of the end of life and I am left feeling like I have no resources and no options. I firmly believe the only value in those statistics is weighing up whether to take a drug versus its side effects. "We are seeing improvements in how long people are living. 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