For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, well-known publication Shape Magazine invited me to speak about metastatic breast cancer, which is the most advanced stage of cancer. Check out the article to learn more about this kind of breast cancer, including how rates have increased among women under 40.
Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
The bottom line: “While there is no cure for metastatic breast cancer, there are surely means by which to slow the cancer, maintain or improve one’s quality of life, and even extend life,” says Savita Ginde, M.D., Chief Healthcare Officer at Stride Community Health Center in Denver, Colorado. “It’s important to work with your care team to come up with the best plan for you.”
Another point that’s heartening to hear: “Survival rates for those with metastatic breast cancer have generally improved over the years,” says Dr. Ginde. The current five-year survival rate for women with metastatic breast cancer is 28 percent while the rate for men is 22 percent, according to Cancer.net.
Meet Dr. Savita Ginde
Dr. Savita Ginde is an advocate and thought leader for reproductive health and served as Chief Medical Officer of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains for over 13 years. And, until very recently, she served as the Chief Healthcare Officer for STRIDE Community Health Center where she oversaw all of STRIDE’s healthcare services and led their COVID-19 vaccination efforts.