The factors relating to survival include the normal survival rate in terms of percentage of patients, which varies with different types of cancer, the circumstances of the individual and her state of health otherwise and also on the care and treatment that the patient receives.
Stage 4 cancer is the condition in which cancer has spread from its original site to other parts of the body (in which it is said to have metastasized).
The survival rate for cancer is usually expressed in terms of life expectancy in the next one year or the next five years. For instance, a five year survival rate of 40 per cent means that out of every 100 patients diagnosed for that particular kind of cancer, around 40 patients will live for 5 years or longer.
One cause for optimism with breast cancer is that survival rates are in general higher than for many other kinds of cancer. Breast cancer is often detected at an early stage, and this is turn means that more treatment options are available. Stage 1 breast cancer has an excellent survival rate of 98 to 100%. This survival rate does decrease down to around 16 per cent in stage 4.
In general, women are better at surviving cancer than men.
The main factors that govern stage 4 breast cancer survival rates are the age of the patient, her general health, and the availability of medical facilities to treat the disease. For all kinds of cancers, women and young patients have the best survival rates.