This picture above is from our cancer forum in 2012. Approximately 100 women answered. There was a lot of confusion on types of subtypes. Spindle Cell was the most popular. This is similar to existing medical research which states that Spindle Cell is the most common type of Metaplastic Breast Cancer.
What type of MBC Metaplastic Subtype do you have 2014?
2 years later, I just asked this question again. This time is shows that Squamous is the most common (based on approximately 70 responses). But there were no more "other" answers. I like this as it gives me hope and shows that we women are becoming more aware of metaplastic. Everyone knows what they have and which sub-type they belong to.
In my knowledge we have never had anyone with Large Cell MBC - even though it is a known subtype. Also we have had several girls with Stage 4 Matrix surviving and living. Pure matrix producing MBC does seem to have a good outcome for our cancer girls.
Chrondroid is rare but again at the moment we have about 10 girls with Chondroid cancer who are all approaching the 1 or 2 year cancer free mark. We have lost a few girls with Carcinsarcoma but usually only if it was mixed with Chondroid or Matrix. The mixing of these subtypes leads to danger.
These charts are helping me with my next presentation which will be published soon.