This article is the most recent clinical trial information specific to breast cancer that has spread to the liver. It gives some indication that regional treatment can significantly extend the average survival rate in certain kinds of patients. The mean survival was 20 months with treatments like radio-frequency ablation, which is amazing compared to the 4-month average for women who didn’t respond to any treatment (including chemo).
And these are just averages, and from patients in treatment 5-10 years ago. We can hope for even better numbers, for sure.
For whatever reason, most of the survival rate information lumps all Stage IV breast cancers into one group. But they are all so different! Spread to bones is very different than spread to organs. Hormone-receptive and Her2-positive cancers have so many more treatment options, and my cancer has both those.
I’m an organizer and a planner. I have ideas already for the super-fabulous 40th birthday party I’m going to have in 4 years (Dad, since you never had to pay for a wedding, expect to fork over some cash for this event!). But I also know that I need to make shorter-term plans, too, so I don’t end up spending the rest of my life waiting around to do the fun things. If this is the last summer I feel really good, then I want to be sure I spent it camping and road-tripping and hanging out at Whidbey with the pups. And if I get many many more summers, they are all gonna be filled with fun!
Chemo today went fine, but I am tired. Tomorrow I get foot reflexology with Jade (hooray!). Tracey is going to drag my butt around Greenlake, we are testing to see if I will be able to make the whole Komen 5K in a few weeks. Then we’re going to have ice cream. With hot fudge. Because we will deserve it after our hard work!