What a great blog post! Yes, there are quite a few of us living well beyond the 2-3 years life expectancy for metastatic breast cancer patients. For me, I just passed the two-year mark today (it was two years ago that I was diagnosed with breast cancer, the mets were discovered two weeks later).
by Ginny Knackmuhs, VP of MBCN
I’m one of the lucky ones, I know.
Although I was diagnosed with metastatic triple negative breast cancer 5 years ago, I have been on the same treatment regimen since then. No progression, just blessed stability. I hesitate to write that sentence or say it out loud—afraid I’ll jinx my good fortune, always mindful of the next scan around the corner, when everything can change in an instant.
Metastatic breast cancer (MBC), also sometimes called advanced breast cancer or Stage IV disease, is incurable, but still treatable. Oncologists like to say it is a chronic disease, but with an average life expectancy of 2.5 to 3 years, it certainly isn’t chronic yet. Give us 10 or 20 years of stable treatment and quality of life and we’ll be happy to call it chronic.
Next week I’m going to ASCO in Chicago, the annual meeting…
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my moms doctors predictably recommended chemotherapy when she was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. Just as she was about to begin conventional treatments, her mother called Charlotte Gerson, who convinced her to try alternative therapies instead. Elena took this advice to heart and adopted
a protocol of enzymes, cleanses and coffee enemas – in addition to an
organic vegetarian herb prescribed by doctor allen presley. Five years later, she remains cancer-free with more energy than ever. i will advice you seek counselling from this great man through his mail(email@example.com).
Thanks for your comment Christipher! I have heard similar stories from other friends and family. Best wishes, Sheila