Nov 11, 2010 04:12AM konakat wrote:
I'm very sorry about your friend. Obviously we all have at least one of these areas with mets since we're stage IV. I have mets in my liver, bones, brain, and lungs -- the 4 most common areas to get mets from BC.
Some of her treatment will depend on her estrogen receptor status and on her Her2 status -- there are various meds for women that have positive for one or both. There are also many chemos available to try. If one doesn't work you move to the next one on the list. Sometimes bone mets are radiated.
Prognosis is a tricky one -- you just don't know. It could be 1 day or 50 years. Statistics say that there is a 20% chance of living 5 years. I'm soon hitting year 4 and still going.
Your friend's oncologist will come up with a treatment plan for her and do regular bloodwork and scans to monitor her progress. It can be a rough road at times but there are many women here leading full lives, even working fulltime. Wishing your friend and you all the best,