Late stage breast cancer patients can still enjoy life
Apr 1, 2011
Stage IV breast cancer is the most advanced and serious form of the disease, and yet many of those living with stage IV, such as Teena Cole, continue to find joy in their lives, according to WPTV News.
Cole's positive attitude comes as a surprise to many who learn about her disease.
"I don't have the poor me attitude at all. ...When I approached people and said I was stage IV they kind of stepped back and said, 'Oh, you don't look like you have cancer.' My doctor had a nice analogy. He said it's just like having diabetes. It's not curable, but it's treatable. It makes me feel that I can continue to enjoy all the things that I enjoy doing," Cole told the news source.
Indeed, doctors such as oncologist Reshma Mahtani believe that metastatic breast cancer - the type that has spread to other parts of the body - can become similar to a chronic condition, something that is treatable for many years.
For Cole, this means that she can continue to pursue her many passions, including snorkeling.
The American Cancer Society recommends mammograms on a yearly basis for women over the age of 40. One of the best way to control breast cancer is still to diagnose the disease early.