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The Metastatic Breast Cancer Patient Experience

  • Although there is no cure for metastatic breast cancer, it is very treatable. Thanks to new therapies developed through clinical trials, women and men with metastatic breast cancer often lead full, active lives.

    Still, living with incurable cancer takes a certain kind of courage and resolve. The following individuals share their insights into what they've learned and into what keeps them grounded, purposeful, and happy as they go about their day-to-day lives, living with metastatic breast cancer.

  • Duncan Finigan

    "I choose to call it treatable, non-curable cancer. On my first appointment they told me, 'You're going to live for many, many years. We have solutions to deal with your cancer. You have a chronic disease, like diabetes.'"

    Watch a video of Duncan Finigan telling her story at the Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers Executive Council Breakfast.

    Duncan Finigan

    Listen to a podcast with Duncan speaking to her oncologist, Dr. Eric Winer, about her treatment experience.


    Lise Pass

    "You have to empower yourself against cancer, to think of it as an uninvited guest. You may need to live with it, but you can't let it encompass you. I am a 55-year-old wife and mother who cares for children who need me. I am so much more than the cancer."

    Read about Lise Pass — a foster parent of 48 children —- who has been living with metastatic breast cancer for nearly a decade.

    Lise Pass


    Michael Selsman

    "Men don't have the opportunities to find breast cancer during a routine check-up like women do. I want to change that, and save other families from the pain and challenge of living with stage IV male breast cancer."

    Learn how Dana-Farber approaches male breast cancer, and read an informative Q & A on this often overlooked topic.

    Michael Selsman