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Topic: Is stage 4 cancer curable?

Forum: Stage IV/Metastatic Breast Cancer, Open to All To Contribute —

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Posted on: Feb 20, 2020 08:10AM

Honey1996 wrote:

Hello! I am new here. My family is taking care of my aunt with a stage 4 breast cancer. We don't wanna lose hope she'll still recover.

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Feb 20, 2020 08:57AM SondraF wrote:

Its treatable, but not curable. Treatment can extend for years to keep the cancer at bay, however, and allow those with stage 4 to live a (fairly) normal life for a long time.

"The closer we come to the negative, to death, the more we blossom" - Montgomery Clift Dx 9/27/2019, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy 11/29/2019 Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy 11/29/2019 Femara (letrozole) Surgery Prophylactic ovary removal
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Feb 20, 2020 11:29AM Honey1996 wrote:

Thank you! What is the safest treatment can you recommend?

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Feb 20, 2020 02:22PM - edited Feb 20, 2020 02:26PM by Moderators

Hi Honey, and welcome to! We're sorry for your aunt's diagnosis but glad you're here for information and support.

If you want to learn more on different treatment options for Stage IV breast cancer, here are a couple of articles in our main site that you may find helpful:

Stage IV Treatment Options |

Metastatic Breast Cancer Treatment and Planning

Anyway, please remember that each patient and each cancer is different, therefore treatment must be individualised depending on the patient, the disease and the stage, etc.

Hope this helps. Best wishes to you and your aunt!

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Feb 20, 2020 04:42PM exbrnxgrl wrote:


As stated, stage IV is not curable, but can sometimes be treated for extended periods of time. I say sometimes because the sad reality is that the majority of stage IV bc patients will succumb to the disease. A small minority of us are outliers/exceptional responders. I say this not to be discouraging, but to illustrate the current reality. On a positive note, in the 8 1/2 years that I have lived with stage IV, quite a few new treatments have helped extend life.

As for treatment, please remember that breast cancer is a disease with many variations. Treatment depends on hormone receptor status (ER, PR, HER2) as well as what type of metastases (most common bc mets are to liver, lung, bone, brain). There is no one recommended treatment as there are quite a few individual factors that go into making treatment decisions.

Exceptional responders do exist. Though we are the minority, some progress is being made. All the best to your aunt and your family

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 11/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/21/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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Oct 11, 2020 01:50PM arolsson wrote:

I've noticed that a lot of information given about Stge 4 is that is "chronic" and for a few lucky ones, they do find a hormone therapy or even chemo that keeps them steady for a long time. What you have to come to terms with if you are more like the rest of us, is balancing physical and emotional pain and other side affects against something that could give you a new months more to live. I am glad to some of the meds I was offered, others were a nightmare that took my hair, put me in adult diapers, burned the fingerprints off my hands and feet (try crossing an international border without fingerprints) and permanent neuropathy. Make the doctors be REALISTIC even when it means they don't know. So much depends on her age, diagnosis. GOOD lucK

Dx 8/2017, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, 5/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy Halaven (eribulin)

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