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Topic: Brain Mets....?

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

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Posted on: Aug 7, 2020 07:53PM

Sunflower86 wrote:

Ahhh. I’m starting to drive myself crazy. Before cancer I had a history of headaches. I’m almost a year out from chemo. The last few days I’ve had a mild headache. The thing that worries me the mostis on the left side of my head, I get this sharp pain. It lasts about 3 seconds, goes away. This continues throughout the day. Is this something I should be worried about? What are typical brain met symptoms.

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Aug 7, 2020 08:07PM illimae wrote:

Brain Mets can be tricky and you’re better off knowing for sure so I’d tell your MO. That being said, I have a history of migraines and while a 3 day tension headache lead to my brain Mets diagnosis, the mets were too small to be the cause. The tension headache was actually caused by skin pain after the final week of breast radiation. The headache was a happy accident though because brain mets are typically much easier to treat when caught early.

Diagnosed at 41 Stage IV De Novo Dx 11/16/2016, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Targeted Therapy 1/1/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 1/2/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/2/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 6/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 8/10/2017 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 10/5/2017, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to brain, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+, HER2+ (IHC) Radiation Therapy 10/19/2017 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 4/18/2018 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 5/23/2019 External: Brain Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Aug 18, 2020 08:34AM KBeee wrote:

Document your symptoms. ANy change that lasts for 2 weeks warrants atention. Hoping the pain eases!

Karen. Dx 8/5/2013, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 8/26/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 9/20/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/12/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 1/23/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 1/29/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Dx 2/2/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Dx 2/25/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 2/25/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Prophylactic ovary removal Chemotherapy 3/31/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/25/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)

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