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can anyone help explain what this means realistically in terms of survival rates? Dh has just found out his mum has stage 3 breast cancer. She has had a radical mastectomy and her lymph nodes (?) removed. She has had chemo and is halfway through radiotherapy, having 25 sessions of it, then being put on a new drug, beginning with A, sorry i can't remember whatit's called. She has had this since feb last year but he has only just found out, and is v upset, noone bothered to let him know.
Sorry I can't give you any advice. My mum has had breast cancer but only needed radiotherapy and didn't need a mastectomy. If she's had this since Feb (was that her first surgery?) she must be quite strong to still be getting through the treatment 10 months on.
Funny noone thought to tell your dh - do they have a good relationship?
lou, it basically means she has about a 50% chance of surviving 5 years after diagnosis. I know this sounds very cold, but it sounds as though your dh really wants the information. Stage 3 is nowhere near as bad as stage 4, when the cancer is known to have spread to distant sites. It does sound as though she is having just the right treatment. Hugs to you both.
I agree with what tamum has said but can I sugest you read this
This was written by a wonederful scientist Stephen Jay Gould who was given awful survival odds. He explains what the 'median survival' realy means for patients. It isn't 'pllyanna' stuff but and honest guide that shos that for many people the news is better than they think when they read the stats. His disease has an avarage survival rate of months and he lived for another 20 years. He did die of cancer, but not the one from the original diagnosis.
I know that it helped me when I got dh's diagnosis. Hugs to you