Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer

Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer

11.10.2019 1041

Could you have metastatic breast cancer? You’re not alone. 

Medvoyage has information to help you process and make informed decisions about your care!

There are estimates that 20-30% of patients with an early stage cancer will have their cancer return as metastatic, even if they were told their early stage cancer had been “cured.” Another 8% of new breast cancer cases are found to be metastatic at their initial diagnosis.

Not everyone with stage IV breast cancer has symptoms. Every woman's experience is different. When symptoms do occur, they depend on where the cancer has spread. Some symptoms are:

  • Weight loss
  • Pain or swelling in the abdomen
  • Shortness of breath
  • A lump on the chest wall or breast
  • Pain in bones

You have many choices for treating your metastatic breast cancer. You and your care team can work together to choose the options that will help you live longer and feel as good as you can each day.

The right treatment for you depends on:

  • Where your cancer has spread
  • Genes, proteins, or other features of your cancer cells
  • Your symptoms
  • Other treatments you’ve already tried
  • Your overall health

It’s also critical to find a strong source of social support, whether it’s your friends and family or a support group with other people with breast cancer. While the journey is tough, you don’t have to navigate stage IV breast cancer alone.

Though living with metastatic breast cancer can be serious and frightening and is considered advanced-stage cancer, metastatic breast cancer is not a reason for giving up. Many people live long and productive with metastatic breast cancer, with many options and choices for treatment that focus on both the quality of their life and controlling the disease.

Live and love each day you have to the fullest. Some days won't be as easy as others and it's perfectly OK to scream, cry, feel fear, and sorrow. This will pass. Life will get better.Live, love, laugh, and travel if you can. Do it NOW.

Talk with your Medvoyage’s team about what they can do to help you feel better!



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