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Forum: Not Diagnosed With a Recurrence or Metastases but Concerned —

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Posted on: Sep 13, 2017 08:39AM

Mylittleworld wrote:

I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2012 and completed my treatments ( except for arimedex) in 2013. I have been considered to be in remission since then.

For about a month, I've been in a great deal of pain in my lower back and especially my right leg. I started to be worried that maybe I have bone mets. I decided to make my appointment with my PCP instead of my oncologist, because I thought maybe there is another cause as a possibility as well.

She wants me to have an MRI to see if it appears be bone mets. It is scheduled for tomorrow. Here is my question... If they find evidence of cancer, how do they determine if it's mets or a second primary cancer? Thank you for any information you can provide.



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Sep 13, 2017 09:20AM Lula73 wrote:

so sorry to hear you're having this pain and now worry. A biopsy would likely be how they would determine if it's mets or a new primary. On the flip side, there are MANY other things it can be. Doctors like yours who go ahead and take the bull by the horns are the kind I like. This whole let's wait 6 months and take this pain medicine/muscle relaxer and see what changes scares the living daylights out of me. Hopefully you will get good news from the MRI report

-Lula Dx 1/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/14/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 3/4/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Sep 13, 2017 01:09PM Mylittleworld wrote:

Thank you Lula73. I really appreciate your response!

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Sep 14, 2017 07:37PM KBeee wrote:

Hoping you get answers... benign ones.

If they suspect a tumor, they'll likely do a biopsy to see if it is metastatic breast cancer or a different type of cancer. Hoping it is some benign causd

Karen. Dx 8/5/2013, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 8/25/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 9/19/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/11/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 1/22/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 1/28/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Dx 2/2/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 2/24/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Prophylactic ovary removal Dx 2/25/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Chemotherapy 3/30/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/24/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Sep 15, 2017 08:06AM Mylittleworld wrote:

Thank you Kbeee. I hope to have an answer on Monday.

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Sep 15, 2017 01:33PM sweetbean wrote:

Hi there! I had back pain that radiated down my left lower leg. Had scans and a very nerve-wracking week, but iurned out to be sciatica and piri formis syndrome, which can be painful, but aren't cancer. Hope it is nothing!

Dx 11/18/2010, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 2/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH)
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Sep 15, 2017 02:37PM bevin wrote:

I had similar and it ended up being a herniated disc and a spinal cord that needed decompression. had emergency surgery, and I was fine the next day. Hoping you are fine. Good luck and keep us posted.  Its good you are being checked out completely!

Age 45, Oncotype 11, Primary Tumor 2.1 cm, smaller satellite tumor nearby Dx 8/8/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/9/2010 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/9/2010 Breast
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Sep 16, 2017 03:04PM Mylittleworld wrote:

Thank you sweetbean and Bevin. I appreciate all the replies to my post.

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Sep 18, 2017 07:24AM - edited Sep 18, 2017 07:25AM by Mylittleworld

The good news is that it's not cancer! The same day that they did the MRI, they also did an x-ray. I have "significant degenerative changes" which I guess means osteoarthritis of the spine. I'm being referred to a neurologist. Thanks again for your responses.

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Sep 18, 2017 11:02AM KBeee wrote:

Hreat news

Karen. Dx 8/5/2013, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 8/25/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 9/19/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/11/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 1/22/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 1/28/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Dx 2/2/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 2/24/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Prophylactic ovary removal Dx 2/25/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Chemotherapy 3/30/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/24/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)

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