People associate breast cancer with pink and fluff and whilst I’m not altogether anti pink it’s possible that these fun associations are giving people the wrong idea and isolating the estimated 36 thousand women living with terminal breast cancer in the UK.
This means that these women cannot be cured and their breast cancer has travelled via their lymph nodes or blood to another part of their body.
Most commonly it spreads to bones and is known as Mets. It also spreads to the liver the lungs and the brain. It’s known as stage 4 cancer. Stage 5 is death.
Unfortunately in young women cancers tend to be very fast growing and high grade and often by the time they find their cancers they are already at stage 4. Sometimes the cancer is caught early and all is well for a while, perhaps years, but sadly the cancer can be sneaky and decides to take up residence elsewhere.
Suddenly you’ve gone from breast cancer which can be “cured” to incurable cancer that you can only treat. What a devastating blow.
The problem is many women with secondary breast cancer feel ignored and alone. Nobody wants to talk about women riddled with cancer. Nobody wants to talk about women who are dying from breast cancer. Support is there for the cancer patient who has had treatment and on her way to recovery but people have no clue what to say to you when you’re dying. Keep positive and stay strong just don’t wash anymore.
Lots of money is spent on a breast cancer patient. But it seems that the same can’t be said when it comes to drugs to prolong a dying persons life. So why are people seemingly just giving up on thousands of ladies? Why isn’t more money being ploughed in for more drugs research and treatments for women with secondaries? Nobody seems to answer.
Women with secondary cancer don’t fit in with the pink and fluffy aspect of cancer. Many of them are frightened and worse suffering because shockingly hospitals still cannot always get a grip on a cancer patients pain.
I hope in my lifetime that ALL cancer patients receive kindness support and recognition. Not just the survivors..