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12/14/2008My best friend had stage 3 tripl neg breast cancer. she did chemo radiation and underwent a dbl masectomy. She was supposed to go in for teh breast reconstruction and now they found that the cancer spread to liver and back bone. The drs sound optimistic but what is the reality of this? the cancer will never leave,,, and how much chemo can someonme take!
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12/15/2008This is Ben Park MD PhD answering for Lillie who forwarded me your email. The body can only take so much chemo, so you are right for being a bit more guarded than your friends doctors. I am truly sorry to hear about this, as you are also correct in that recurrent metastatic breast cancer, particularly triple negatives, are not thought to be curable. HOwever, that doesn't mean they are not treatable, and chemo can influence the course of the disease even in the metastatic setting. The key is to always remember the goal of therapy is not curative, so balancing toxicity with quality of life is of paramount importance. Hope that helped, BHP

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