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Metastatic Breast Cancer

  • Stage IV.
  • The cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
  • Median survival is three years.
  • There is no cure.

In the United States roughly 240,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer per year, and about 40,000 will die from the cancer metastasizing. That means that 1-in-6 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer will die from it.

This film’s goal is to share the stories of the women who continue to die without a cure, despite three decades of breast cancer awareness campaigns and medical progress.

We have treatments to extend life and we have Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, but the mortality rates have not significantly changed.

We hope this film and discussion guide is to bring understanding and awareness to the metastatic breast cancer experience for the diagnosed, their loved ones, and the professionals that serve them as we continue to search for a cure.

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Discussion Guide

However Long Discussion Guide CoverDownload However Long Discussion Guide PDFThis education and discussion guide was created to offer resources and expand on the topics in the documentary However Long. It was designed for healthcare professionals, people with metastatic breast cancer, loved ones, and breast cancer advocates. This guide was created to work in conjunction with However Long to provide additional information and resources about metastatic breast cancer, living with the disease, and supporting someone who has been diagnosed. It was put together by a team of doctors, patients, researchers, nurses, social workers, and our team at Jenny Mackenzie Films.