How long do you live with Stage 4 breast cancer? While treatable, metastatic breast cancer (MBC) cannot be cured. The five-year survival rate for stage 4 breast cancer is 22 percent; median survival is three years. Annually, the disease takes 40,000 lives.
Does Stage 4 breast cancer have symptoms? Having stage 4 breast cancer means that cancer cells from the breast tissue have spread to distant parts of the body. Signs and symptoms can vary based on where the cancer has spread to. However, they may include bone pain, unexplained weight loss, loss of appetite, and severe headaches, among others.
What are the final stages of Stage 4 breast cancer? Stage IV cancers have spread (metastasized) beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other parts of the body. When breast cancer spreads, it most commonly goes to the bones, liver, and lungs. It may also spread to the brain or other organs.
What are the signs that breast cancer has spread?
- a cough that doesn’t go away.
- shortness of breath.
- ongoing chest infections.
- weight loss.
- chest pain.
- coughing up blood.
- a build up of fluid between the chest wall and the lung (a pleural effusion)