Topic: Minor rib fractures

Forum: Not Diagnosed With a Recurrence or Metastases but Concerned — Meet others concerned about developing a recurrence or metastases.

Posted on: Jan 23, 2023 07:59PM

Posted on: Jan 23, 2023 07:59PM

racy wrote:

I had a fall in the bathroom a few weeks ago and was experiencing some pain on movement so I had a chest x-ray.

My doctor's nurse just called me to state that the x-ray showed minor fractures on two ribs.

I have made an appointment to speak with my doctor tomorrow. In the meantime, could the fractures signal metastasis?

Dx 2010, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/22 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 23, 2023 08:26PM cookie54 wrote:

racy, Sorry you are uncomfortable with ribs fractures hope they heal quickly. Typically rib fractures coincide with trauma which you had with your fall. It's when unexplained rib fractures appear without any known trauma that may be suspicious. Yes breast cancer does metastasize to ribs in some cases and can cause fractures. Usually there is an underlying bone lesion that is the cause of the fracture when it's bone mets. Of course it can't hurt to follow up with your doctor, after all they are the experts. Feel better.

Current Tx: Xeloda& Keytruda ,lung mets 6/22 Dx 8/15/2016, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/14/2016 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (Left): Saline implant; Reconstruction (Right): Saline implant Chemotherapy 10/14/2016 AC Dx 6/2020, IDC, Right, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 5/8 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/29/2020 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine) Surgery 10/19/2020 Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Right) Radiation Therapy 11/23/2020 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy 7/1/2022 Other Immunotherapy 7/5/2022 Keytruda (pembrolizumab) Dx IDC, Other, Stage IV, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Jan 23, 2023 08:28PM pupmom wrote:

My guess is no. Sometimes a fracture is just a fracture. Best wishes!

Life is what happens while we're making other plans. Dx 10/18/2011, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-

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