• Mom has stage 4 BC/Bone

    Asked by Bulldogger on Saturday, August 25, 2012

    Mom has stage 4 BC/Bone

    My Mom was just diagnosed with Stage 4 BC spread to her bones, She just started treatment 2 days ago. It took 3 months to get a diagnosis and she recieved no treatment during that time. In this 3 month period I have literally watched her waste away. She is in so much pain. My question is now that shes started her treatment will she get better and have a better quality of life, I know there isnt a cure at this point, I just want her to be comfortable!! She is 65, HER2 positive and is getting Radiation and Estrogen therapy.

    2 Answers from the Community

    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I took care of both of my parents in hospice care. We lost them within 10 months of each other, this after me finishing my third go around with cancer myself. Both Mom and Dad had substantial pain so start with, but as the Dr.s started adjusting the treatments or I should say meds. (there is no treatment in hospice,just pain management) the pain was controlled, they were both comfortable right to the end. I was worried, especially with mom that she would die a horrible painful death from stage4 lung cancer. It wasnt that way at all. I understand your mom is not in hospice yet, but if you move to that, do not be afraid. The hospice nurses we had were great and made sure there were no problems.
      Good luck to both of you.

      over 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Radiation is targeted treatment and hormonal therapy is either to deplete estrogen or replace estrogen depending on what she is taking. If she is not getting chemotherapy for her bone mets, I am assuming that her treatment is palliative and intended to provide pain relief and better overall quality of life. However, I would suggest you have your mom authorize her doctors to release her medical information to you (if she hasn't already) so you can ask this question of her oncologist and find out exactly what the purpose of her treatment is.

      over 8 years ago

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