I just could not go past your post without sending your mum and you lots of hugs
Secondary BC isn't curable but for many it is very treatable, things have come an awful long way since my mums diagnosis 20 years ago.
If you look on our secondary threads you will meet ladies living a pretty normal life with on going treatments helping keep things at bay, some well in to double figures since their diagnosis.
It's best to stay away from google and stick to sites like this one where there are real people going through it and not just a stream of statistics which will only scare you further.
There will be so many treatments going forwards for your mum with new ones coming along all the time, she will be well looked after Xx Jo
My name is Becky. My mom, who is 64 years old, was treated for stage 2 breast cancer over a year ago. I just found out that she has developed secondary cancer in the bones. The doctors have said they are going to start radiation treatments in a week. They also encouraged us with claims that people in this situtation can live for a long time.
I am still stunned, but I am trying to be strong for her. My understanding is that this is a quality of life scenario, as there is no actual cure.
Thank you for the replies and support. My mom has been put on a treatment plan, and I'm starting to adjust. I must admit that this is the hardest thing that I've ever gone through (and it isn't even really happening to me). We MUST find a cure for this horrible disease.
Im so sorry you are facing this with your mum, it's a really scary time. I was 35 when my mum was diagnosed with BC 16 years ago and it's an awful shock to learn they are not invincible.
The first thing is not to Google and look at statistics, they are too vague and no two people with the same diagnosis will necessarily have the same outcome. We have ladies with secondary cancer in their lungs on this forum who are still going strong 10 + years on so please don't think anything is going to happen to your mum right now.
There will be a treatment plan put in place for your mum and she will be well looked after, they have an abundance of tricks up their sleeves in the medical world to treat BC with new things coming along all the time, more and more ladies are living with secondaries for many many years now.
Sadly my mum did die 5 years from her diagnosis but her circumstances were different, she hid it for so long and never gave herself a chance although when we first found out inspite of the size of her tumour she had no secondary spread, that happened 3 years later. I'm not trying to scare you and you mustn't believe this will happen to your mum too, it was a long time ago and today she most likely would still be here with the advances in treatments.
Every diagnosis is individual so you can't compare, just take things a day at a time and trust the team looking after your mum, we are always around here to chat and answer any questions you have. Xx Jo
My mom (age 50) was diagnosed (for the first time) with breast cancer about 4 weeks ago. Originally, the doctor told us that it was stage 2. However, a recent PET scan revealed 2 cancerous spots on her lungs. I am in complete shock. I am devastated, and I honestly don't know how to deal with this diagnosis. My mom is my best friend and my rock. She is the most important person in the world to me. I'm 23 years old and my little sister is only 17. I'm trying to be strong for both my mom and my sister, but I feel like my whole world is falling apart (I'm a complete mess). I'm trying to remain positive, but it's so hard... The statistics for stage 4 cancer are scary.. I don't know what I would do without my mom. Please help! Any experience supporting and caring for a very special loved one? as well as coping/adjusting to this new diagnosis?