Q: What is advanced breast cancer?
A: Breast cancer is the result of the tumor created by abnormal cancerous cells in the breast which grow and multiply constantly. These cells usually start in the lobules and ducts of the breast.
Advanced breast cancer is chronic, which means that the patient needs to take care of for it the rest of his/her life. However, the treatment can’t cure the disease completely. It just can maintain the patient’s health as long as it can to help the patient carry on his/her daily activities.
Advanced breast cancer includes serious Stages 3 and 4 at the same time. Stage 3 refers to locally advanced breast cancer. At this stage, the cancer spreads to lymph nodes and/or other tissue in the breast, but is only restricted in the breast. Further sites in the body are not affected. Stage 4 is also known as metastatic breast cancer. During which, the cancer spreads to other parts of the body, including the liver, lungs, bones, brain, and/or others. Therefore, this stage is more severe and serious.
Some people are diagnosed with advanced breast cancer at their very first examination. However, for most people, it is easier to develop advanced breast cancer when the disease relapses in other parts of the body other than the breast, even if the patient has received treatment previously.
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