It was Secondary Breastcancer (SBC) Day this month and there is the need for a post on this subject, as there seems to be confusion and misconception …. what is that? It simply means that the cancer spread to other parts of the body and is also known as metastatic breast cancer (MBC)…. in other words, it is a stage IV breast cancer and something you just don’t want to hear! A recurrence is if you get another tumor in the same spot, not a metastasis….
Getting a diagnosis like this, means it can be treated, but it cannot be cured and these patients look at a life long treatment in order to keep the growth of the tumor down or even make it disappear. This does not mean the end though – some people live with it for a many years and there is a lot of hope. There were a few new diagnosis of metastasis amongst us and it scares all of us, but we need to raise awareness and these ladies I know, are incredibly inspiring and I don’t know how I would cope with a diagnosis like this, but it can happen to all of us… it is lurking around the corner and scares the hell out of me!
There are a lot of women living with it for years…. I apparently inspired my friend Nick to shoot a portrait series of breast cancer patients and the organisation he worked with to realize this project is called Sweet Louise based in New Zealand supporting secondary breast cancer patients. Research is advancing more and more to hopefully find a cure one day!
Check out the film on my IGTV channel on SBC by Tickingoffbreastcancer or on their website to see these incredible women – it is only over when it’s over and there is always hope ❤️