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Breast cancer, stage 4, spread to liver, fluid in abdomen, exhaustion, edema in legs. Treatable?

My mom has stage 4 breast cancer. It has spread to her liver she stopped cemo in November. Now she has fluid in abdomen or its destended she looks 9 months pregnant. She also barely eats gets full on 1 egg. After walking a couple blocks she becomes exhausted. She uncomfortable all the time she also has edema in her legs. I'm unclear if this is treatable or if she is in her last days. No one will be honest with me and I need to know how much time she could have left. Thanks in Advanced.
Asked On : Sat, 20 Apr 2013
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Oncologist 's  Response
Dear Alimchale,
I am sory to note that your mother has stage 4 breast cancer. This is supposed to be a terminal stage. But even in this stage if she gets palliative management she will have good time. since i do not have the full details about the type of cancer she has so cannot comment what medicines she should have. In this condition also she can be administered some growth restraining medicines, draining her ascitic fluid and putting her on good protien diet should help her symptoms. you should consult your Oncophysician who will rightly guide you about the best palliation.
I wish for her good time ahead.
Dr. jawahar Ticku
Answered: Sat, 20 Apr 2013
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General Surgeon Dr. Ivan R. Rommstein's  Response
Apr 2013
Hi and welcome to HCM.
I am sorry about you mom and this serious diagnosis. Unfortunately this is not treatable. Treatment is only palliative and prognosis is very bad for stage IV with liver metastasis with stopped chemoth. It is hard to predict anything but life expectancy is by statistics 3-6 months. Everything depends on her general health, nutrition status and tumour size. You should give her all support and make esier by treating her pain, nausea, fatigue etc. WIsh you good health.
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