D uring the 11 months when my husband, Ahmad, was dying of bladder cancer, few people wanted to hear how he was truly doing. They wanted to hear about hope, courage, and positivity, not about how Ahmad was unlikely to survive or his ruminations on how to live well while dying. The only way out was through.
Doctors may also refer to metastatic breast cancer as advanced breast cancer or stage 4 breast cancer. Many people live for months or years after a healthcare professional has diagnosed metastatic breast cancer. Treatment can help a person live longer and slow down the progression of the cancer.
Metastatic breast cancer occurs when cancer that started in the breast spreads to another part of the body. The prognosis for metastatic breast cancer and the length of time between a stage 4 diagnosis and the onset of end-of-life symptoms varies greatly among people with this type of cancer. Research suggests that about 27 percent of people diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer live at least five years after their diagnosis.
The end of life may be months, weeks, days, or hours. It is a time when many decisions about treatment and care are made for patients with cancer. It is important for families and healthcare providers to know the patient's wishes ahead of time and to talk with the patient openly about end-of-life plans.
Exactly how will I die? He has declined a second round of chemotherapy and elected to have palliative care. Still, an academic at heart, he is curious about the human body and likes good explanations.
Most people—both those living with metastatic breast cancer and their loved ones—find it hard to talk about the end of life concerns. The usual scenario goes like this: People with metastatic breast cancer want to talk about these concerns, but are afraid to upset their loved ones—so they stay quiet. Many people fear these discussions are a sign of giving up.
Cancer has traditionally been the diagnosis people fear most. But is dying from cancer so much worse than the alternatives? Anna Wagstaff tries to make sense of an emotive discussion that all started with a post on the BMJ blog.
Sometimes, even with the best care, cancer continues to spread. It is hard to accept, but the best thing for you at that point may be to stop the cancer treatment. Instead, you could focus on getting care to keep you comfortable and out of pain. The following explains how to know when it is time to stop treatment and focus on end-of-life care.
I am dying, literally, at my home in Hollywood, of metastatic breast cancer, the only kind of breast cancer that kills. Then, a couple of weeks before Christmas, a new, deadly diagnosis gave me a deadline. I had more than 20 mammograms, and none of them caught my disease.
While October 13 is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day, we want to make sure to recognize, acknowledge, and honor these very special members of our Breastcancer. We've asked some members to share their stories of living with metastatic disease to offer support and encouragement to others facing this diagnosis. I was barely starting my new job in administration at a new charter school, only 3 years in, and I got slammed with this diagnosis. It had to be done for the best outcome.