My best friend has breast cancer. Doctors recently told her that it has created lesions in her bones throughout her body. I’ve heard that when this happens, it’s pretty much a death sentence. Is this true?
The sort of a cancer you’re describing is known as Stage IV breast cancer and there is no known cure for this. However, in some cases it can be controlled for months or even years through hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, and palliative radiation.
Like any disease without a cure, some cancers can be controlled through various medical treatments. Certainly, there’s no reason to give your friend a “death sentence” over this. It is not our lot in life, nor her doctors’, to say when your friend will die. The best we can do is to examine the statistics and provide the more likely treatment options.
Meanwhile, like all of us, your friend should continue living her life to the fullest and making the most of each day.