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10/5/2012Family member is stage 4, triple negative w/ extensive Leptomeningeal mets and several brain mets. We know that you cannot give us an exact answer, but what is the estimated life expectancy at this point? We are trying to figure out extended family flying in to visit. Thank you for your help.
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10/5/2012I am so sorry to hear of your family member's journey. It is a very difficult experience for everyone. The overall appearance, strength, activity level, appetite, weight loss etc are key clues as to progression of disease. Talk with your loved one directly...perhaps they would like to visit with friends and family before they become too sick to do so. Find out there wishes regarding their remaingin time, and how they wish to spend it. We all die, but we can choose how we want to live before we die. Family and friends don't need to wait 'for the end' so to speak. Seek counsel from your loved ones medical oncologist, or primary nurse. If hospice is involved in you loved ones care, discuss with them as well. And don;t forget to practice self care, as being a care giver certainly takes it toll. All our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. If we can help, we are only a phone call or mouse click away.

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