Metastatic breast cancer was rarely ever mentioned during the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In the summer of 2009, nine metastatic breast cancer patients, all members of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network, traveled to Washington, D.C. The patients, with their friends and family, urged Senators and House members to designate a day in October as Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. And so, Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day began October 13, 2009.
Metastatic breast cancer (MBC), also known as Stage IV, is breast cancer that spreads out to other places in the body. If the cancer does spread to other parts of the body, it is still considered to be breast cancer. The cancer cells will act and look the same, as well as the treatment. Unfortunately, researchers cannot explain why cancer of any kind metastasizes. There is no cure for cancer as of yet, but the best opportunity for treatment is early detection. Studies show that 20%-30% of patients who find their cancer early will return as a metastasized cancer. Another 8% of new breast cancer cases are found to be metastatic at their initial diagnosis.
People at this stage are likely to be despondent as they feel their lives are coming to an end. However there is hope; this illness can be controlled to allow you to live longer. It is from the need to assure people that they can still live that awareness day was born. – Consumer Health Digest
MBC patients are monitored by periodic imaging tests and are normally tested every 3 months. Tests include…
- Computerized Tomography scan (CT)
- Positron Emission Tomography scan (PET)
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Blood tests measuring tumor markers
- Assessment of how the patient is feeling
One of the first tests that can be done, is a mammogram from your Radiologist. Sand Lake Imaging is part of a program with Shepherd’s Hope called Pink October. Schedule a mammogram with your local Sand Lake Imaging office as a NEW PATIENT and a FREE mammogram test will be donated to a woman in need. #pinkoctober
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