I've been told you can live up to 10 yr with met breast cancer to the bones. The dr says more chemo can be fatal and has started faslodex with some response - cancer marker CA27/29 down from 335 to 189 in 2 mo. Sx include excessive musous, fatigue, bloated abdomen with diarrhea and constipation and pain (worse since radiation on low back to relieve pain and reduce tumor burden on spine with advanced tumors. Are these signs of end stage, and what is the prognosis at this point. Have had 2.5 yr of chemo for recurrence, had chemo and radiation for 1st occurrence after lumpectomy and 8 lymph nodes removed. Cancer metastesized in a year. Does smoking make it worse? Dr told me to quit but I can't.
confused and worried