Mar 08, 2004 - 1:54 pm
Hello, all. I'm new to the group. I'm acting as caregiver to my sister, age 62, who was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer in late October 2003, Stage IV with mets to the lungs, spine and possibly the femurs. She also has significant lymphedema in her right arm. We seem to be getting contradictory advice about whether she should have surgery on her back to stabilize the spine. Her neurosurgeon in saying he really doesn't recommend it unless her life expectancy suggests it will be worth the post-operative pain, and the long recovery a back fusion takes. Her oncologist is encouraging it, yet he is also saying her treatment is focused on extending life and alleviating symptopms, not cure or even significant remission. Has anyone else faced a similar dilemma? There are many other issues, but this is one of the toughest right now.