Treatment For Stage 3c Breast Cancer?
Good night, my mother has had breast cancer since July 2018, she underwent surgery in July 2018, but the lump appeared again and now she has had chemotherapy twice. Previously the doctor said, if it had been mocked 4 times, it could be operated on, but after controlling for the third chemo he said it could not be operated on, it was afraid to spread, because the cancer cells had reached the lungs. Now my mother often feels stuffy, what’s the solution? How could my mother not be operated on? Though her breasts have holes and like bleeding. Are there other patients who experience something like that? Thank you,.
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Basically, if indeed cancer cells have been found in the lungs, then breast cancer is no longer referred to as stage IIIc breast cancer, but has entered stage IV (there have been metastases to other organs).
Once entered stage IV, regional therapies such as radiotherapy and surgery are already not the main recommended therapies. Therapy is more focused on providing systemic therapy with chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, targeted therapy, or a combination of these therapies.
Regional therapy (radiotherapy and surgery) can be done in several conditions, for example:
there are open sores on the breast or chest
therapies for metastatic tumors are small and few in number
relieve symptoms such as pain
prevent fractures in the bone (for example there is a spread of cancer to the bone)
there is a possibility of cancer pressing the spinal cord
it is possible that the cancer is pressing or causing a blockage in a blood vessel (as in metastases to the liver)
It is a good idea to discuss again with the oncologist who is caring for your mother. If your mother is currently only being treated by a surgeon, you should also consult your mother to a doctor in the oncology department to find out the best systemic therapy options for your mother. If your mother is currently only being treated by an internal medicine doctor, you should also consult an oncology surgeon to find out if there are surgical treatment options for her breasts that are currently hollow.
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