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3/17/2007My 73 year old aunt has been diagnosed with Stage 2 bc. For many personal reasons, she has decided not to undergo any treatment and to let nature take its course. The family is devastated but we support her decision and vow to take care of her when things get bad. My question is, how long will it probably be before her health starts failing, what will the first symptoms of decline be and how long can a person last without any treatment? Right now, she appears healthy and is asymptomatic except for a lump in her breast and mild pain in the armpit. Please be up front with me so we know what to expect. Thank you Lillie and God Bless you!
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3/19/2007there is no way to predict.... she should live many years given it hasn't spread yet to anyone's knowledge. if her cancer was hormone receptor positive then she should at a minimum consider taking a hormonal therapy pill. easy to do and would help.

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