Originally diagnosed "early" with Stage II invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast in December, 2006, I was surprised to receive a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer in October, 2012, six years after completing initial chemotherapy and a double mastectomy.
There is no cure for metastatic breast cancer; the metastases (areas of breast cancer that have traveled from the original location) are what eventually kill people with breast cancer once the cancer eventually moves to vital organs.
Treatments vary based on the subtype of cancer. Chemotherapy, anti-hormonal agents, radiation, and targeted inhibitors are some of the options available. These are only temporary, however. Metastatic breast cancer becomes resistant to each treatment, if it responds at all. I have been through three different regimens in one year and am now in a clinical trial at Memorial Sloan-Kettering.
I have been writing about my experience living with cancer and being involved with the clinical trial on my website http://www.lisabadams.com where more than 10,000 readers a day come to learn and share. I document my daily experiences via Twitter at @adamslisa.
I am a mother of three children (15, 11, and 7), and a loving wife, daughter, sister, and friend.
At this time I have metastases to my bones and lymph nodes. I want to raise money for metastatic breast cancer research at MSKCC. This type of cancer needs more funding than ever before. Despite the fact that approximately 30% of those diagnosed with breast cancer will eventually have a metastasis of their cancer, less than 5% of money donated to breast cancer research goes to the metastatic domain.
Please join me in supporting the work MSKCC does every day to help those of us living with cancer.
I'd like to make a special public note of thanks to my MSKCC oncologist, Dr. Chau Dang. To read about our special relationship, please go here: http://bit.ly/W88zru
She is a caring combination of researcher and health care provider. I hope this money will help her and her colleagues do even more to find better treatments for us and give us what we want most--- time.