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Forum: Just Diagnosed With a Recurrence or Metastasis —

Meet others who are just facing the diagnosis of a recurrence of breast cancer or metastatic (advanced) disease. You are NOT alone.

Posted on: Mar 8, 2017 04:32PM

jackboo09 wrote:

Hi

I am due to have a CT scan biopsy of a 29mm shadow in chest tomorrow. Having been told 50/50 chance, they have said this morning that it is highly likely to be Mets and not operable.

I have 3 teenagers and a fully supportive family. Positives: small mass and no evidence yet of other mets although I haven't had a full bone scan yet just the neck to pelvis area CT.

consultant talked about new treatment options from 6 years ago when I was dx with IDC with node involvement and 2cm breast lump. She said not curable and their aim was to get me back to living my life and said years. Is this just what they tell you.

I am hours on only from this news. Crying a lot. Can anyone add any positives.


Liz ( jack boo)

Stage 2b Her 2 + Est + one pos node Age 40 Dx 3/15/2017, IDC, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to other, Grade 3, ER+, HER2+
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Dec 21, 2019 03:17AM marianelizabeth wrote:

Still very quiet and I hope that you, my friends are doing OK and spending time with family and friends in the coming days. Merry Christmas.

Love Marian

breastcancereh.blogspot.ca Surgery 9/7/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/15/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 3/5/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 4/29/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/7/2013 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 12/6/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/12/2016 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 6/26/2017 Reconstruction (right) Radiation Therapy 9/8/2017 Surgery 9/9/2019
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Dec 21, 2019 01:06PM dutchiris wrote:

Marian, it's good to hear from you. I'm doing well. Mery Christmas to you!

Dx 1/25/2013, IDC, Left, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 19/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/22/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 6/19/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 7/2/2013 Radiation Therapy 7/15/2013 Dx 7/26/2019, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy 8/10/2019 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy 8/17/2019 Ibrance (palbociclib)
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Dec 22, 2019 02:24AM Sadiesservant wrote:

Merry Christmas All,

Sorry I have mostly been MIA. So much going on for me lately with work, home and treatments.

Wishing you all peace and joy at this wonderful time of year. I hope you are all surrounded by loved ones, that Santa is good to you and 2020 is a fabulous year.

Pat

Dx 4/2001, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/10 nodes, ER+ Surgery 5/10/2001 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 6/7/2001 CEF Radiation Therapy 12/17/2001 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/20/2001 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 1/2/2007 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 10/21/2007 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 1/3/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/27/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 3/28/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Targeted Therapy 4/19/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Dx 10/12/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to other Chemotherapy 10/20/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine) Radiation Therapy 11/15/2017 External: Bone Hormonal Therapy 1/18/2018 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Radiation Therapy 8/2/2018 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 11/5/2018 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 10/9/2019 Verzenio
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Dec 22, 2019 10:43PM Wildplaces wrote:

Marian,

You are right - we have all been rather quiet. How are you??

We are doing ok. I am working a little too hard and need to pull back a bit. Hoping to hit NZ for a break in January. I am visibly getting older on Arimidex, lots of joints creaking - my feet spreading - dont fit in half of my shoes anymore - but not complaining, grateful for my time.

I am trying to teach myself to read music. My fav moments in December - my son's Christmas concert and the few days spent swimming at our fav beach creek watching white belly sea eagles dive for fish. To me breathtaking.

Wishing everyone A Happy Christmas!!

Hugs to all,

Ioana 🙂🐣🌷🐳

Dx 8/5/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/11/2016 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic ovary removal Chemotherapy 9/11/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 2/21/2017 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Dec 24, 2019 09:36AM jackboo09 wrote:

Merry Christmas to everyone on this thread. I send you all love and thanks for being there for me. Wishing you happy times with loved ones.

Liz x

Stage 2b Her 2 + Est + one pos node Age 40 Dx 3/15/2017, IDC, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to other, Grade 3, ER+, HER2+
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Dec 29, 2019 06:53PM Jojobird wrote:

Hi everyone,

i know I've been very quiet these past months. Haven't had time to catch up, much less write. I hope you're all having a good, peaceful holiday season.

I was on Tecentriq (immunotherapy) for about 5 cycles, which shrunk one large tumor, but cancer is wily. While that one tumor shrunk, other tumors developed and now I have mets to both lungs. My new regimen is more chemo, which will be Gemzar/Carboplatin combined with Tecentriq. I've had two cycles of that now, and it has made me the sickest I've ever been. Low blood counts, nausea, vomiting, and crashing exhaustion.

I also asked for a one-month reprieve from chemo so our family could travel. We're leaving for Hawaii in January for one week, my daughter, husband and I. We're totally splurging as it's probably a bucket list trip - I"ll need a wheelchair at the airport and I plan to read and rest while my hub and daughter have daily adventures. It's ok by me, and I'll get a lot of pleasure out of watching her swim and enjoy the sea.

Some days are better than others. Already after two weeks of no chemo, I feel better. I can walk a bit, and can write.

I hope to be back here a bit more in the days ahead to read and respond to others, to catch up. Wishing you healthy and loving days ahead.

XO

Jojo

My blog: pinkstinks.blog/ Dx 3/2016, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 21/21 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 4/18/2016 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Dx 4/2018, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/27/2018 Taxotere (docetaxel), Xeloda (capecitabine) Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jan 2, 2020 06:52AM Sadiesservant wrote:

Happy new year all! The thread has been quiet lately, more so with the holidays.

Jojo, I’m sorry to hear that the treatment has been so hard on you. I wish it was easier. I know from personal experience that the nausea was the worst for me. Pain I can deal with but constantly feeling sick is so debilitating. Can they lower the dose? I’m not familiar with those drugs but sometimes a dose reduction can do wonders. Not sure when you leave on your trip but hope you have a marvellous time. Which island? Hopefully the sun will shine for you and you will have a chance to recuperate a bit.

This has been a time of reflection for me. It’s three years since my stage IV diagnosis. There have been ups and downs of course (I was pretty rattled by the early progression) but overall I’m amazed and grateful at how well I have done. Faslodex has held me steady for two years! I cling the hope that it will keep working as I know that each treatment will likely buy less time. But for now, doing okay and pretty happy about that.

On a personal level I feel that change is coming this year. While my mother is sharp, her health is starting to decline in subtle ways. She’s had a couple of falls, her mobility is less and, more recently she’s experienced symptoms that appear to be heart related. All signs that she will likely need more support in the coming months. Nothing to do but wait and see.

But to end on a more positive note, I want to wish you all the best for 2020. May the year bring you joy.

Hugs. Pat

Dx 4/2001, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/10 nodes, ER+ Surgery 5/10/2001 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 6/7/2001 CEF Radiation Therapy 12/17/2001 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/20/2001 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 1/2/2007 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 10/21/2007 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 1/3/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/lungs, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/27/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 3/28/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Targeted Therapy 4/19/2017 Ibrance (palbociclib) Dx 10/12/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to other Chemotherapy 10/20/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine) Radiation Therapy 11/15/2017 External: Bone Hormonal Therapy 1/18/2018 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Radiation Therapy 8/2/2018 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 11/5/2018 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 10/9/2019 Verzenio
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Jan 5, 2020 07:43PM - edited Jan 5, 2020 07:44PM by jackboo09

Dear all

A happy new year to everyone. Like Pat I have been reflecting on my treatment journey and thinking about how I have evolved since the dark days of my stage 4 dx in March 2017 to the present; the start of a new decade and my 3 year post dx looming in early March.

In May, I took the decision to retire and 7 months on I am at peace with that decision. I have plans for new projects and hobbies this year. More house improvements and I'm planning further travel. On August 1st I will be 50. Every month, every year is of course a blessing that we are all so aware of and I have much to be thankful for.

Jojobird, I'm looking forward to hearing more about your holiday. I'd love to see some photos. I will PM you.

Pat- you and Ioana were the first people to reach out to me on the board. I raise a virtual glass to our enduring friendship, indeed to all on this amazing thread.

L x

Stage 2b Her 2 + Est + one pos node Age 40 Dx 3/15/2017, IDC, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to other, Grade 3, ER+, HER2+
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Jan 7, 2020 12:19AM 7of9 wrote:

happy new year all. I have followed this thread as I dealt with recurrence 4 yrs ago. Thank goodness for Frontier airlines...headed to Naples Florida this weekend to get out of Ohio. Great to see others traveling and enjoying their families. Best wishes for stability and mobility in 2020!

If you're going through hell, keep on going. You might get out before the devil even knows you're there. Dx 1/18/2012, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/31/2012 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 10/31/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 12/23/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Grade 2, 10/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/18/2016 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 1/18/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal Radiation Therapy 2/10/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy 3/31/2016 Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jan 14, 2020 01:30AM marianelizabeth wrote:

Welcome 7of9. Does that refer to nodes? I could say 7of14 if so. How has the recurrence gone? Well I hope.

Happy 2020 Everyone. I feel like it will be a better year for me. The last 6 months of 2019 were the worst of my 7 plus years of breast cancer and I am thankfully feeling better. Ending chemo in late November is no doubt helping and as my bloodwork slowly improves I too feel better. I have not made the decision lightly to end chemo but I just can't imagine feeling so sick again. I also chose not to start Tamoxifen after chemo ended though I may address that later if I feel it is warranted. I am having a CT scan and MRI in February just to see if there is progression. I know that sounds odd as I will not do chemo anyway but I need to know where I stand as I move forward. After that I doubt I will consider 3 monthly scans as were the norm in the past 2.5 years.

We were able to go north to spend Christmas week with our younger son and family and though I did not do a whole lot I did manage the travel. After yearning for warmth and snorkelling over the past months, we finally settled on a winter holiday to Roatan, an island that is part of Honduras with the second largest barrier reef next to Australia's and still much alive. I have got us spending a few days in Montreal to limit travel time both ways and got to use all my son's Aeroplan points to fly business class for the long Canadian flights. Thus I think it will be manageable. My pain pump is working well too.

I am hoping that there will be some joy in all our lives as we move into this decade.

Love Marian


breastcancereh.blogspot.ca Surgery 9/7/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/15/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 3/5/2013 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 4/29/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/7/2013 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 12/6/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/12/2016 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 6/26/2017 Reconstruction (right) Radiation Therapy 9/8/2017 Surgery 9/9/2019
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Jan 14, 2020 02:55AM 7of9 wrote:

hi Mariane...7 of 9 was a half human half robotic character in star trek. She was beautiful, smart, non emotional, just matter of fact. Kinda who I aspire to be like after this diagnose is too much to handle emotionally. Especially with a child. I wish you well in 2020 and a cure for us all...

If you're going through hell, keep on going. You might get out before the devil even knows you're there. Dx 1/18/2012, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/31/2012 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 10/31/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 12/23/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Grade 2, 10/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/18/2016 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 1/18/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal Radiation Therapy 2/10/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy 3/31/2016 Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jan 17, 2020 11:04PM Elderberry wrote:

Marian: I am so glad to read that you are finally getting over the ravages of Taxol. My MO says it can takes six months or more to get rid of some of the SE's - like fatigue and such. I stopped Taxol at the end of August. The time could not have come soon enough. Will be on H&P forever --- may that be a long time. I am doing well on it. PET scan in Feb. Scanxiety looming. My hair now looks like a very short haircut as opposed to an angry social statement. How is your hair coming along post Taxol? I am also glad to read that you are travelling and managing pain. Up and Onwards.

Wishing everyone a good 2020



De Novo - this isn't a "brave battle" - it is a "furious struggle" Dx 3/6/2019, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, HER2+ Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Jan 28, 2020 02:34AM Wildplaces wrote:

Hello to one and all,

Wising everyone a happy and hopefully healthy 2020. That glass is right back at you Liz 🙂🥂🍾

We are back from a break in New Zealand - it has been good - long walks andgreat food with a dash of wild nature.

The Gold Coast is hot and humid ( horrid at present !) but we were sparred from the fires that devastated so much of the Southern Eastern Coast.

Marian I read that you stop chemo with a heavy heart but support your decision. When you can keep letting us know how you are.

I think about you all often!

Hugs to all,

Ioana 🙂🐣🌷🐳

Dx 8/5/2016, DCIS/IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/11/2016 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic ovary removal Chemotherapy 9/11/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 2/21/2017 External: Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)

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