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Q: What would be a prognosis for some with triple negative metastatic breast cancer stage IV?

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
11/ 5/09 3:40pm

Hi Sandi - Depends a lot on a number of different aspects of her cancer, things only her oncologist will know. In general, women with stage IV breast cancer are living longer and longer; much longer than they used to even 5 years ago. It's considered incurable, but women ARE living with it... Good luck - PJH

Sandi, Community Member
11/ 6/09 7:52am

Thanks so much for your positive response.  Take care

Reply, Community Member
10/23/10 12:26am

My sister has brest cancer after a mascetomy chemo and radiation she was told it metastiaed to triple neg stage 4, she is now in a clinical study with I believe avasta drug?? the social came in yesderday and from what i gathered it's not good, she had 2 treatments so far and we;re waiting for her next cat-scan in two weeks to let us know more, how should we as family members prepare what to look for how to act,,,what to expect ect, they also told her to do what ever she wants to get done now and when she gets sicker death is very quick! help

Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
10/23/10 4:53am

I'm sorry that your sister is not doing well.  This article on treatment for metastatic breast cancer will give you some more information.  The single fact that the cancer is now Stage IV does not mean that your sister is near death.  More and more Stage IV patients are living for years with a good quality of life.  So although everyone should have their affairs in order, it may be too soon for your sister to assume that there is nothing she can do.  The next cat scan will give more information about whether the new medicine is working.  


If the social worker is right and the cancer has spread so extensively that further treatment is futile, I highly recommend calling the people at your local hospice.  They will know how to keep your sister as comfortable as possible and will assist the family with the physical nursing tasks and help with knowing what to say and how to ease the emotional pain too.  However, be sure to explore all the possible options for treatment first.  Stage IV does not necessarily mean death is near.

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