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Topic: Bone mets

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: Jan 12, 2018 02:52PM

good12 wrote:

Hello all!

First of all I want to thank you in advance for your support!

My grandmother (68 years now) was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2012- Stage II, she got 6 couses of chemio TAC(red one) + Neulasta + 25 radio therapies. Then she started to take Aromasin, until November 2017 when on the medical checks( every 6 months) the doctor said she have bone mets.

So now she is taking Ribociklib+ Letrozol(Femara) + Xgeva once per month.

I’m really scared- she have mets in her spine, in her skull, arms, hip bones and in some of the ribs.

Please tell me honestly what is the prognosis? I just want to be prepared. I’m saying to her that I know that she will win this war again, but I really need tonknow the prognosis.

Thank you! I wish to all of you a lot of health!!!

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Jan 12, 2018 03:08PM KBeee wrote:

once breast cancer has spread to the bones, it is considered treatable, but not curable. Many women with bone mets have survived many years on various treatments.

There is a thread in the stage IV forum for caregivers and family of patients with metastasic cancer. You may want to check that out. I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother

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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Feb 4, 2018 07:17AM Gumdoctor wrote:

I was recently diagnosed with bone mets in Dec 2017. My oncologist told me 2-3 yrs is the average prognosis but also many ER+ women live 5 yrs or more.

Continue reading what contributors say on these threads.

We cannot get all wrapped up in the numbers. Quality of life is more important than quantity.

Best Wishes,


Dx 7/9/2014, IDC, Both breasts, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 5/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 7/29/2014 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 12/20/2017, IDC, Both breasts, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, 5/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery Reconstruction (left): Nipple tattoo; Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo Surgery Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Surgery Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction Surgery Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Faslodex (fulvestrant) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel)

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