HELP!!! Please can someone enlighten a confused and frightened newly diagnosed secondary breast cancer patient?
Grade 1 usually refers to the characteristics of your breast cancer tumor, especially size. Grade 1 would be a small tumor.
Stage 4 means that you have cancer in more than one place. In the breast and in the liver.
The tumor marker is a substance found, often in blood, that indicates the presence of disease, such as cancer. A test for a marker will produce a count that can be an indication of how active the cancer is. Usually a lower count is good news. I am not familiar with liver cancer and tumor markers for it, so I can't comment on a level of 25.4, but if your oncologist is pleased, I'd would be encouraged.
Your best information will be from your doctors who have all of your test results and can explain everything to you and get your input on your treatment options. When you ask, "What does it mean if I have stage 4 breast cancer?" If means that your cancer began in the breast and has spread somewhere else. Your treatment will be more aggressive than if the cancer had not spread and may include different drugs or therapies than if it had not spread. You may want to check the "breast cancer stage 3 & 4" community on this website for me people who have had experiences like yours. Many of them have very positive experiences and will encourage you through your treatment. There are many people who successsfully treat stage 4 cancer. Your doctors are the ones who can give you the best ideas of a prognosis. Do not be afraid to ask questions until you are no longer confused. The doctors and nurses are your teammates in fighting this diseaase, but you are the head of the team. I am thinking of you. Read More At : ...