While there is no cure for metastatic breast cancer, some are able to live longer with the disease. However, metastatic breast cancer remains a clinical challenge… October 13 places emphasis on this disease stressing the need for new, targeted treatments that will help prolong the lives of those diagnosed with this type of cancer. Reminding people that even after chemotherapy has eliminated all cancerous cells; there is a chance they may return and spread to other body parts. However, cancer at an advanced stage, at times, is not an instant attacker on the body. There are people who have survived metastatic cancer.
With metastatic breast cancer, cancer cells move to other body parts through the process of metastasis. The cancer cells then start affecting other body parts such as bones, lungs and the liver. This is cancer at its last stage (stage 4). Symptoms may vary, depending on how far your breast cancer has spread and what type of tissue the new cancer growth has invaded. If the cancer has spread to the bone things like severe or progressive pain, swelling and frailty occur. In the brain, persistent or progressively worsening headaches or pressure to the head can happen. Seizures, vision problems, vomiting and nausea are signs as well. Other nonspecific symptoms of metastatic breast cancer can include fatigue, weight loss, or poor appetite.
If your health continues to worsen despite aggressive treatments or if you’ve come to terms with a stage 4 diagnosis, it may be time to consider hospice. For those with a life-limiting illness, such as metastatic breast cancer, sometimes the question is “what else can be done?”. What matters most may be the ability to more fully enjoy the time we have with those we love. Hospice patients can experience a better quality of life so that every moment can be as comfortable and rewarding as possible.
For more information on hospice services call us today at 702-636-0200.