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Metastatic Breast Cancer: Prognosis and Survival Rate

What Is Metastatic Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is the second-most dangerous form of cancer, after lung cancer. Metastatic breast cancer occurs in stage 4 when cancer cells spread from the breast to other parts of the body. Commonly affected areas include lymph nodes, liver, lung, brain, as well as bones. It tends to be much easier to treat breast cancer when it is confined to your breast. If the tumor has spread, it would be much more challenging to treat. Therefore, early diagnosis and treatment is very important to increase the survival rate of breast cancer. [1]

What Is A Cancer Prognosis?

In simple words, a cancer prognosis is the forecast of the condition. In those cases that cannot be cured, it refers to the number of years that a patient can still survive after a diagnosis. In metastatic breast cancer, the prognosis can vary a lot from person to person. It mainly relies on the how quickly cancer cells spread in the body. While there is currently no cure, some treatment options are available to manage the symptoms of metastatic breast cancer. In fact, proper treatment plays a key role in the overall prognosis in this stage of breast cancer. [2]