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My daughter has breast cancer that has spread to her spine

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My daughter has breast cancer that has spread to her spine she has now found another lump in her neck what is the prognosis
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 3 years ago.
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That is stabe IV (4) breast cancer.

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22% of people with stage 4 breast cancer will survive past 5 years after initial diagnosis.

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That is the statistics agreed upon by the american cancer society.

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And that is with treatment.

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Does that answer your question?

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I can discuss this more, otherwise, did I answer your question?

Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.
This is Dr. David

I am a cancer doctor

I am sorry about your daughter's breast cancer

breast cancer prognosis is very very variable and depends on many factors including her hormone estrogen receptor status, her her-2/neu status, and the treatments she has had before

some woman who are after their menopause and have estrogen receptor positive breast cancers can live for several years with anti-estrogen therapy even with bone metastasis.

the lump in the neck has to be evaluated to see if it is metastatic breast cancer

if the lump is bothering her, she might benefit from palliative radiation therapy to the site to shrink it

I hope your daughter is tolerating her anti-estrogen hormone therapy if her tumor is estrogen receptor positive

let me know if you have other questions.