Secondary Breast Cancer Information
It was a shock when our daughter gave us the news that her oncologist had confirmed she had Secondary Breast Cancer, metastatic breast cancer, which had spread to her spine and liver. She had been proactive having mamograms and ultrasounds, and the breast cancer was caught early. Even I did not know this could happen a few months, or even years after the first diagnosis. She is 34 years old, happily married with an almost 2 year old little boy.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the the precision cancer medicine Kisqali® (ribociclib, LEE011) for first line treatment of estrogen hormone receptor positive (ER+), HER 2 negative (HER2-Neg) metastatic breast cancer because when combined with other hormonal therapy the combination benefits all such women and leads to improved survival without cancer recurrence. Advanced or metastatic breast cancer refers to cancer that originated in the breast
CancerCare provides free, professional support services for people affected by metastatic breast cancer, as well as metastatic breast cancer information and additional resources. We also offer a Women’s Cancers Program to help support female-identifying individuals coping with cancer.
I am a two time, early detected breast cancer survivor, 1997 and 2000. I had no idea about Secondary Breast Cancer, i.e. Metastatic Breast Cancer. For some reason it seems there is not much information out there about this especially when someone is diagnosed with early breast cancer. I have searched to find the info I have posted here already. I had to know what I was searching for, otherwise I would not know as much as I do now. I want to help raise awareness about this topic.
The following are treatment options for stage 4 ductal carcinoma and lobular carcinoma. Your healthcare team will suggest treatments based on your needs and work with you to develop a treatment plan. Stage 4 means that the breast cancer has spread to other parts of the body. It is also called advanced breast cancer, or metastatic breast cancer. Treatments cannot completely cure metastatic breast cancer, but they can control it very well, sometimes for many years.
When we hear that breast cancer has spread, it usually comes as a great shock. As you face this difficult time, we want you to know that there are women living full and meaningful lives despite having metastatic breast cancer. A few women have kindly offered their stories, messages and poetry here in the hope that they will give you the inspiration to live your life with hope and determination.
What are the symptoms of secondary breast cancer? The symptoms of secondary breast cancer depend on which part of the body the cancer has spread to. You may also have some general symptoms. These can include: feeling more tired than usual losing your appetite feeling generally unwell for no obvious reason. These symptoms can be caused by other conditions. But speak to your GP, cancer doctor or specialist nurse if you have any of them.
One in eight women will develop breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society, so it’s not surprising when a celebrity—or someone you love—shares a breast cancer diagnosis: Giuliana Rancic, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Wanda Sykes have all been open about their breast cancer diagnoses and treatments. Thirty percent of early-stage breast cancer patients will eventually see their disease return as metastatic (or stage IV) cancer, meaning the disease has spread to other organs.
Clinical trials for metastatic breast cancer If you’re being treated for metastatic breast cancer, you may want to talk to your doctor about whether participating in a clinical trial makes sense for you. It’s important to know that researchers conducting clinical trials carefully consider your specific situation before approving you as a study participant. By participating in a clinical trial, you can help researchers find better breast cancer treatments that may help extend lives in the future.